Responding well to Spiritual Abuse: practice implications for counselling and psychotherapy
AffiliationUniversity of Chester; Birmingham City University; Liverpool John Moores University
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AbstractThis paper presents the findings of a survey exploring people’s understandings and experiences of Spiritual Abuse (SA) in a Christian faith context. The online survey was completed by 1591 individuals from the UK, 1002 of whom identified as having experienced SA. Inclusion criteria were: membership of the Christian faith, being or having been, a Church attender or member of a Christian organisation and to have heard of the term SA. Participants detailed the features of an effective response to disclosures of SA and many of these are directly relevant to counselling and psychotherapy practice. Additionally, the research findings echo repeated calls in previous research for the necessity to include discussions of religion and faith in initial training and continuing professional development for counsellors and psychotherapists. Finally, the paper suggests a next step would be the establishment of a network of counsellors with training and knowledge about SA.
CitationOakley, L., Kinmond, K., & Blundell, P. (2023 - forthcoming). Responding well to spiritual abuse: Practice implications for counselling and psychotherapy. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, vol(issue), pages. doi
PublisherTaylor & Francis
DescriptionThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in British Journal of Guidance and Counselling on PUBLICATION DATE, available online: doi
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