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Exploring the Spiritual Domain: Tools for Integrating Spirituality and Religion in Counseling
Stephanie F. Dailey, Jennifer R. Curry, Melanie C. Harper, Holly J. Hartwig Moorhead, and Carman S. Gill
In an effort to bridge the gap between theoretical models of spirituality and counseling practice, the Association for Spiritual, Ethical and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC) developed Competencies for Addressing Spiritual and Religious Issues in Counseling (2009), which have been endorsed by the American Counseling Association. The framework provided by the ASERVIC Spiritual Competencies allows practitioners the freedom to choose from a myriad of techniques for the purposes of: assessing spirituality, promoting client insight and awareness, setting goals, fostering spiritual growth, and evaluating progress. The purpose of this article is to promote spiritual competence by providing the reader with specific tools to appropriately and ethically integrate spirituality and/or religion into counseling.