William West

in Oxford Textbook of Spirituality in Healthcare

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Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199571390
Published online August 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199665037 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Textbook in Public Health


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In this chapter the author briefly explores the origins of modern counselling and psychotherapy focusing on the role of religion as both a forebearer and a significant if minority contributor to current practice. He then briefly considers how religion and spirituality can be defined within the counselling field before examining some typical case examples to highlight some of the challenges faced when exploring religion and spirituality in counselling. Some reflections on working with spirituality in practice and on necessary skills are followed by a careful consideration of the ethical issues involved.

Chapter.  5608 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology ; Palliative Medicine

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