‘This book is encyclopaedic in its range compacting much fascinating material into a small space.…West has a gift for summarising and critiquing others' thought with brevity.…The book will resource and stimulate its readers’ — Counselling. ‘There have been many books written about counselling with respect to class, politics, gender, culture and similar issues but, as far as I am aware, this is the first major work to be presented in this country about working with a client's spirituality and the importance this may have… Is a must for trainees in the field and for those who feel a client's spirituality is an irrelevance.’ — Cahoots.
Chapter 7: Meeting the Challenge: Practice
Meeting the Challenge: Practice
In this chapter the focus shifts from considering the issues around spirituality in the background to the therapeutic encounter to a more direct exploration of the part spirituality can play in the therapy session, including the kind of spiritual interventions possible, contraindications for their use, supervision issues and some case examples.
In a recent book published by the American Psychological Association, Richards and Bergin (1997) argue the case for a spiritual strategy for counselling and psychotherapy. They put forward and discuss in some detail a by no means exhaustive list of possible interventions. These include:
Praying for clients, encouraging clients to pray, discussing theological concepts, making references to scriptures, using spiritual relaxation and imagery techniques, encouraging forgiveness, helping clients ...