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Title: A consideration of the interface between counselling psychology and religion and spirituality
Author: Norman, Annabelle Emma
ISNI:       0000 0004 2680 3231
Awarding Body: City University
Current Institution: City, University of London
Date of Award: 2008
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This thesis comprises: an introduction, a client study, a critical literature review and a research study. The introduction provides an overview of each component of the thesis as well as highlighting the recurrent theme of religion and spirituality. The client study exemplifies the development of the therapeutic relationship and, in doing so, the significance of religion and spirituality. Within the context of prison, and with a history of abandonment and depression, the value of an Alpha course and a relationship with God are explored. In addition, the practitioner attempted to incorporate these important encounters into the therapeutic interventions. The critical literature review examines the application of religion and spirituality to psychology and psychotherapy and the implications for counselling psychologists. The aim was to consider research literature in particular areas and assess the involvement of counselling psychology. Key issues appeared to mediate this process including training needs, practicality and perceptions in the field. The findings suggested that further exploration would be desirable as this would contribute to competence and cultural sensitivity in scientist-practitioners. The research study explores the way religion and spirituality relate to psychological well-being as experienced by Ghanaian immigrants. The aim of the study was to capture the detail of this experience and apply it to a broad, and thus culturally sensitive, understanding of psychological well-being. Eight Christian Ghanaians were interviewed. The transcripts were analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, with the researcher approaching the data from a critical realist and contextual constructionist paradigm. The findings revealed that religion and spirituality related to psychological well-being in terms of: cognitive processing from a religious perspective~ coping strategies~ feelings, attitudes and motivation. The theme of psychosocial adjustment to a new reality appeared to contextualise the experience. To conclude, religion and spirituality appeared to becentral in the lives of the participants (e.g. identity, construing of experiences) and in many ways being religious and spiritual embodied psychological well-being. Such a prominent experience has given insight into how religion and spirituality might be experienced, particularly with culturally diverse and religious clients. This could have implications for assessment and formulation, as well as understanding the frame of reference for culturally diverse and religious clients
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: PsychD Qualification Level: Doctoral
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