Date of Award

7-1-2002

Degree Type

Dissertation

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Social Work

Degree Name

M.S.W.

First Advisor

Richard Lyle, Ph.D.

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to ascertain the prevalence of the utilization of spirituality in clinical counseling and the need for spirituality to be integrated into counseling curriculums. The study was based on the premise that the prevalence of the utilization of spirituality is based on one's formal training, experience, knowledge, perception, and personal stressors. The researcher investigated five independent variables: formal training, experience, knowledge, perception, and personal stressors. These variables were examined in relation to clinical counselors' prevalence of utilization of spirituality in counseling. The following demographic variables were also analyzed: gender, race, education, license, employment, work experience, work setting, and annual income.

The investigation included a review and critique of related literature. Primary variables addressed included the following: the use of spirituality, formal training, experience, knowledge, perceptions, and personal stressors.

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