Rehabilitation counselor willingness to integrate spirituality into client counseling sessions
Smith, Daniel Joseph
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Members of two professional rehabilitation counseling associations were surveyed regarding the importance of Spiritual Transcendence in their own lives and their willingness to introduce and address Spiritual Transcendence in counseling sessions with their clients. A sample of 206 professional rehabilitation counselors responded to a 32-item instrument that included Piedmont's Spiritual Transcendence Scale-Short Form (Piedmont, 2004a). Additional survey items were developed to investigate rehabilitation counselor willingness to integrate Spiritual Transcendence into their counseling and supervision sessions with clients as well as whether there was a correlation between either prior spirituality training or having a disability and the integration of Spiritual Transcendence into counseling and supervision sessions. Results indicated that rehabilitation counselors scored higher than the average range (in comparison to the normative sample) on the importance of Spiritual Transcendence in their own lives. Furthermore, there were statistically significant correlations between rehabilitation counselors with spirituality training and the integration of Spiritual Transcendence into counseling and supervision sessions. No significant relationship was found between counselor disability and the spirituality measures.