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, consistency is king. Because you're following Competency Seven, as a helping professional, you're having conversations with your client about their understanding of their spirituality, religion, and values. As with the counseling art as a whole, when speaking with your client, you are to use the language that the client uses.
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 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.