Spiritual Direction: Meaning, Purpose, and Implications for Mental Health Professionals

Volume
Volume 30
Issue
Winter 2002
Title
Spiritual Direction: Meaning, Purpose, and Implications for Mental Health Professionals
Abstract

This article introduces the first of two special issues on spiritual direction and mental health. Attention is given to providing a broad understanding of the meaning, purpose, and scope of spiritual direction, and discussing factors concerning resistance to spiritual transformation. It then explores: the diversity of roles assumed by spiritual guides and directors; contemporary contrasts between spiritual direction and psychotherapy; and critical issues concerning the integration of spiritual concepts and practices into the process of counseling and psychotherapy. It is asserted that the present climate of increased dialogue between soul care practitioners provides unprecedented opportunity for the enhancement of understanding concerning the process of spiritual transformation and its implications for the mission of both church and clinic.

Author
Dr. G.W. Moon
Pages
264 - 275
Price
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