As we discussed in previous weeks, the client's spiritual and religious beliefs can directly impact the pieces of the counseling process, such as the intake session, counseling rapport, and diagnosis. ASERVIC Competency 12 addresses how the client's spiritual and religious beliefs should also affect the goals that the client wants to address.
This week, we focus on ASERVIC Competency 11: diagnostic planning. Throughout the past ten competencies, we've discussed how a client's spirituality, religion, and ethical values can affect the counseling process, specifically in all areas, from intake to termination. One of the more controversial parts of the counseling process - diagnosis - is no different.
This week, we focus in on ASERVIC Competency Ten - the first of the fourteen competencies to review the intake process. Until now, all previous nine competencies have covered the general relationship between the client and clinician throughout the counseling process. This competency covers specifically the clinician's goals before the first session, and during the initial intake session.
This week's ASERVIC competency, Competency Six, focuses on the academic nature of counselor proficiency in spirituality and religion. Counseling professionals are expected to be familiar with and utilize the various models of spiritual and religious development, and be able to integrate these models with the development of the individual.
ASERVIC Competency Five discusses the limitations of counseling professionals, and their responsibility to learn about and consult with religious and spiritual resources to better serve their clients.
"The professional counselor recognizes that the client’s beliefs (or absence of beliefs) about spirituality and/or religion are central to his or her worldview and can influence psychosocial functioning." For more information on the ASERVIC Spiritual Competencies, visit the ASERVIC Website. Visit these websites for more information on the American Counseling Association or the Virginia Counselor's … Continue reading ASERVIC Competencies Series: Competency Two
The first ASERVIC spiritual competency addresses the helping professional's knowledge and understanding. Before the professional can help others, he or she must first have a basic understanding of the worldviews of others.