A phenomenological investigation of counselors' experiences discussing religious and spiritual issues in clinical supervision
This qualitative phenomenological study examined the experiences of eight licensed and license-eligible counselors at two sites who discussed religion and spirituality during clinical supervision meetings. The researcher wanted to know how participants experienced such discussions in addition to factors that encouraged or discouraged these discussions. Most participants reported having positive and productive discussions about both their clients' and their personal religious and spiritual backgrounds. Additional results indicated that good counselor-supervisor fit and the extent to which counselors valued religion and spirituality as relevant clinical issues were factors that encouraged counselors' to discuss religion and spirituality in clinical supervision. Agency setting and minimal direction from the supervisor to explore clients' religious and spiritual backgrounds were factors that caused counselors to be hesitant.