Preferences Regarding Prayer as a Counseling Intervention

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George K. Nti Preferences Regarding Prayer as a Counseling Intervention Liberty University Summary Chet Weld and Karen Eriksen present series of researches and studies through surveys on the state of prayer in the counseling profession. The journal article “Christian Clients’ Preferences Regarding Prayer as a Counseling Intervention; which was published in the Journal of Psychology and Theology 2007, Vol. 35, No. 4, 328-341, reports several researches on how prayer is need in counseling. There is the desire of clients for therapists to introduce the subject of prayer during their visits; this is because of their Christian background. Clients with prior Christian counseling have high demands for prayers when they visit their therapists. With the growing demand for prayer intervention, it has become necessary for methods to be examined. The face that some clients expect prayers does not mean everyone will be OK with it; there must be some kind of professionalism which will prevents client from intimidation. Prior researches brought out some controversial concerns that arise when spirituality is practiced in the practitioner’s office. There are some professionals who do not value spirituality as important in the counseling profession and there are some who practice it. Suggestions were made by researchers to train those who believe in order for them to apply the right techniques that meet the codes and ethics. The researchers conducted surveys with adult clients and their therapists, clients were both males and females whiles they also considered clients with different levels of religiosity. In their results, participants with low moderate religiosity seemed not to care too much whether their counselors were Christians or not. The methods used were descriptive and which studied enough clients who were seeking Christian counselors. Participants with higher
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