Mental health therapists consider the relevance of spirituality in their work with addiction and trauma

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Show simple item record Bray, Peter en 2017-06-29T02:40:40Z en 2016 en
dc.identifier.citation New Zealand Journal of Counselling 36(1):21-46 2016 en
dc.identifier.issn 1171-0365 en
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dc.description.abstract Over a 12-month period, a series of discussions were held with a group of nine mental health professionals working in a residential centre with clients who had alcohol and substance addictions. The group’s initial aim was to explore the significance of spirituality for clients and to identify ways of addressing clients’ spirituality in their own professional practice. In their work with their clients, they shared the perspective that addiction can develop from people’s attempts to cope with the effects of trauma. They also experienced tension between institutional expectations influenced by the medical model and the need they perceived to incorporate spirituality in their work with clients. As group members explored their own spirituality in the context of their professional relationships with clients and the institution, they discovered some of the benefits of their own non-denominational counselling practices. Although addiction was conceived by the group as a false or unwelcome outcome of the struggle for meaning following trauma, it could also be seen as an adaptive process of recovery as well as a spiritual quest that might reconnect clients with their lost potential. en
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dc.relation.ispartofseries New Zealand Journal of Counselling en
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dc.title Mental health therapists consider the relevance of spirituality in their work with addiction and trauma en
dc.type Journal Article en
pubs.issue 1 en
pubs.begin-page 21 en
pubs.volume 36 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: NZAC en
pubs.end-page 46 en
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pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 619483 en Education and Social Work en Counselling,HumanServ &Soc.Wrk en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2017-03-31 en

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