Religious Diversity From a Jewish Perspective


  • Dana Heller Levitt,

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    • Dana Heller Levitt, Counselor Education Program, Department of Counseling and Higher Education, Ohio University

  • Richard S. Balkin

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    • Richard S. Balkin, Department of Counselor Education, University of Arkansas. Richard S. Balkin is now in the Department of Counseling at Texas A&M-Commerce.

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The exploration of spiritual and religious diversity may receive less attention in counselor education than is warranted, resulting in counselors who are unprepared to deal with spiritual and religious issues in counseling. This trend could have a negative impact on Jewish clients, as well as on other religious clients, who feel that issues related to their identity are ignored. The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (2001) has recognized that religious diversity is an integral component of the multicultural counseling movement, but counselor education and training programs, as a whole, still need to embrace this standard.