A Series of Progressive Legal and Ethical Decision-Making Steps for Using Christian Spiritual Interventions in Psychotherapy

Volume
Volume 28
Issue
Spring 2000
Title
A Series of Progressive Legal and Ethical Decision-Making Steps for Using Christian Spiritual Interventions in Psychotherapy
Abstract

Recently, there has been a growing trend in the professional literature to address the question: "€œIn what ways should spiritual interventions be used in counseling, with which clients, and under which circumstances?"€ However, few therapists have received training and supervised experience in incorporating spiritual interventions into their work. This article briefly addresses the purpose and prevalence of Christian spiritual interventions and proposes a series of progressive legal and ethical decision-making steps to improve therapists'€™ skills in incorporating such interventions into psychotherapy. The initial steps include an assessment of the therapist'€™s role, the setting of therapy, and the presenting problem of the client. Additional steps include obtaining informed consent, evaluating a therapist'€™s competency, maintaining professional and scientific responsibility, respecting the client'€™s religious values, documenting the use of spiritual interventions, making appropriate financial arrangements, and promoting the welfare of the client.

Author
W. Chappelle
Pages
43 - 53
Price
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