Rebecca Powell Stanard is an assistant professor, and Linda C. Painter is an associate professor, both in the Counseling and Educational Psychology Department at State University of West Georgia, Carrollton.
Assessment of Spirituality in Counseling
Article first published online: 23 DEC 2011
2000 American Counseling Association
Journal of Counseling & Development
Volume 78, Issue 2, pages 204–210, Spring 2000
How to Cite
Stanard, R. P., Sandhu, D. S. and Painter, L. C. (2000), Assessment of Spirituality in Counseling. Journal of Counseling & Development, 78: 204–210. doi: 10.1002/j.1556-6676.2000.tb02579.x
- Issue published online: 23 DEC 2011
- Article first published online: 23 DEC 2011
A growing body of evidence points to the important role of spirituality in treating medical and psychological conditions. The authors suggest that spirituality is a 5th force in counseling and psychology. Consequently, the assessment of spirituality is a new and growing area of interest for counselors. Assessment can assist both the counselor and client in obtaining a better understanding of the role of spirituality in the issues that bring the client to counseling and in designing treatment interventions appropriate for resolution of those issues. Selected instruments currently in use are described and their psychometric properties and potential uses are examined.