SPIRITUAL ISSUES IN FAMILY THERAPY: A GRADATE-LEVEL COURSE

With the advent of the biopsychosocial approach in family therapy, the domain of spiritual issues is increasingly being recognized as important to families. This article will describe a graduatelevel seminar on Spiritual Issues in Family Therapy at the University of San Diego that offers family ther...

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Published in:Journal of marital and family therapy, Vol. 26, No. 2 (2000), p. 0
Main Author: Patterson, JoEllen (Author)
Other Involved Persons: Hayworth, Martha ; Turner, Christie ; Raskin, Mary
Format: electronic Article
Published: Oxford, UK : Blackwell Publishing Ltd 2000
ISSN:1752-0606
Physical Description:Online-Ressource
DOI:10.1111/j.1752-0606.2000.tb00289.x
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  • With the advent of the biopsychosocial approach in family therapy, the domain of spiritual issues is increasingly being recognized as important to families. This article will describe a graduatelevel seminar on Spiritual Issues in Family Therapy at the University of San Diego that offers family therapy students the opportunity to examine issues of spirituality, religion, and meaning and their place in therapy. One premise of the course is that research has demonstrated that most clients consider their spiritual life to be relevant to personal problems and would prefer a therapist who is comfortable with such topics. The goals of the course include (1) training in opening a dialogue with individuals and families about spiritual issues and discerning when referral may be appropriate; (2) expanding an awareness of wisdom traditions through use of comparative religions material; and (3) identifying from current practice many of the spiritual issues that may arise in the clinical setting.