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2012 Master's Level Graduate Research Conference

Session I - Session II - Session III - Session IV

Spirituality: A Tool for School Counselors Working in an Urban Secondary School Setting

This poster presentation describes the impact of a Spirituality in School Counseling workshop on school counselors views and use of spirituality as a tool in counseling adolescents in an urban setting. The workshop is based on current, peer-reviewed research regarding the use of spirituality in counseling. The research explores the place of spirituality in counseling, ways to utilize spirituality in counseling, the benefits and risks of using spirituality in counseling, and the significance of fostering spiritual development in urban adolescents. The workshop will be delivered to school counselors in an urban school district in New York State during a one hour session that incorporates discussions of case studies and feelings regarding the use of spirituality in school counseling. The workshop also involves an educational portion in which participants hear a summary of the latest research regarding spirituality as a school counseling tool. Results of the workshop will be evaluated using a pre-test/post-test method. Participants in the workshop will complete a pre-test that evaluates their use of, understanding of, and feelings about spirituality in school counseling prior to partaking in the workshop. Several weeks following the workshop, participants will complete the post-test, the same assessment that was given before the workshop, in order to draw conclusions about the impact of the workshop. Implications for counselors wil be presented.

Presenter: Alexander Clark (The College at Brockport, State University of New York) -- aclar4@brockport.edu
Topic: Counselor Education - Poster Session
Location: Edwards Hall Lobby
Time: 9 am (Session I)