Client-led spiritual interventions: Faith integrated professionalism in the context of a Christian faith-based organisation

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Evans, Susan and Devlin, Glenda. (2016). Client-led spiritual interventions: Faith integrated professionalism in the context of a Christian faith-based organisation. Australian Social Work. 69(3), pp. 360 - 372. https://doi.org/10.1080/0312407X.2016.1196378
AuthorsEvans, Susan and Devlin, Glenda
Abstract

Focused on the professional practice habits of Christian social workers and counsellors, this article explores the question of good practice when working therapeutically with clients asking to discuss spirituality and faith. Interviews with 10 senior practitioners who are practising Christians as part of a qualitative study revealed several common experiences when working with clients actively seeking to explore faith and spirituality: (1) using flexibility, discernment, and a client-led approach; (2) trust in God and spiritual receptiveness; and (3) managing tensions between professional, personal, and organisational values. The implications of the study highlight the requirement for professional integrity, to include practising within one’s range of competence, and the value of ongoing professional development to support good practices when working with religious clients.

KeywordsChristian; counselling; ethics; practice-based research; religious clients
Year2016
JournalAustralian Social Work
Journal citation69 (3), pp. 360 - 372
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISSN1447-0748
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/0312407X.2016.1196378
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84978162125
Page range360 - 372
Research GroupSchool of Allied Health
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Place of publicationAustralia
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