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Scholars Day: April 7, 2010

Spirituality in School Counseling in a Rural Setting: Focus Groups

This qualitative study explores the topic of spirituality in school counseling. Researching school counselors’ understanding of spirituality in school counseling, focus group were used to address concepts regarding various meanings associated with spirituality, the use of spirituality in the school setting, as well as limits of spirituality in counseling that may or may not exist within the boundaries of a school. This study was conducted with school counselors from two different buildings within the same school district. One focus group contained 6 high school counselors; the other consisted of three middle school counselors and one school-counseling intern. Recognizing the diversity of beliefs and understanding that exist when discussing spirituality, we took steps to encourage openness of thought and ideas in regards to spirituality. Subjects received literature offering an open, diverse, culturally sensitive description of spirituality before participating in focus groups.

Presenters: Alexander Clark (Graduate Student)
Carli Delgatti (Graduate Student)
Laura Hale (Graduate Student)
Angela Pezzimenti (Graduate Student)
Topic: Counselor Education
Location: 3rd Floor Lobby, MetroCenter
Time: 6 pm (Session VI)

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