Counseling and Prayer
Christian Prayer in Counseling
"Christian Clients' Preferences Regarding Prayer as a Counseling Intervention" is a quantitative study by Weld and Eriksen (2007) in the Journal of Psychology and Theology. Their study used a survey of counselors and their Christian clientele with a Pearson and Fisher approach to quantifying the data. The implications of the analysis are used to discuss the counselor-patient relationship in terms of prayer, expectations, secularity, race, gender, and a variety of other factors.
The researchers note a lack of scholarly research on the subject of "client expectations about prayer in counseling" and attempt to fill a portion of that gap analyzing a survey of Christian clientele and their counselors (Weld, Erikson, 2007, p. 328). In the light of recent laws regarding counselors' respect for clients' religious beliefs, specialty counseling has developed that includes a Christian/spiritual approach to healing. Weld and Erikson (2007) acknowledge that prayer has been shown to have beneficial effects in counseling and what they aim to achieve with their study is to provide insight into how prayer as an secularism). Understanding the client and his/her expectations, therefore, is essential.
My response to the article is that effectively highlights the need of counselors to consider the expectations of clients who approach therapy with a spiritual perspective. Counselors should be prepared to handle such clients and know how much prayer and what kind of praying should go into the session.
The study's design and methodology were suitably structured to deliver quantifiable results which helped the researchers analyze the data. This particular article was interesting precisely because it is a quantitative study, providing the exact method and…
references Regarding Prayer as a Counseling Intervention. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 35(4): 328-341.
There are other insights, also described above, that I have gleaned form reading this particular article, which is why I chose it. Though I have my own opinions about prayer within counseling, I do believe that everyone is entitled to handle his or her sessions as they would like. However, I was quite surprised at the 82% statistic, as I had often believed that those who underwent counseling would be
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