• Alternative salvations?

      Swinton, Valda; University of Chester (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, 2013)
      In our secular and diverse culture people may be seeking to fill the vacuum that religion played in the lives of preceding generations. The word salvation does conform to a set of beliefs that is set out in the Christian scriptures and the means by which to attain this salvation. This understanding of the nature, grounds, and means of obtaining salvation. This understanding of salvation is grounded uniquely in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is not the salvation that is experience in counselling training or therapy.
    • Culture, Spirituality, Reflexivity, and Funeral Rituals

      Swinton, Valda; University of Chester (BACP Publication, 2017-07-31)
      Culture is like the air we breathe, we are not aware of it until it is missing” (Robbins, Chatterjee, & Canda, 1998, p. 122) Moustakas’ (1990) idea that something ‘calls to us’ when we begin a research journey proved prophetic in my own experience of doing my doctorate research. I discovered there was something to intuit about my own personal experience that needed to become known and opened up areas of my experience that I had taken for granted or not really engaged with in any significant way. There was a great deal of self-discovery, making connections to childhood experiences and aspects of cultural influences that had hitherto been out of my conscious awareness.
    • Research to develop Spiritual Pedagogy, Awareness and Change

      Swinton, Valda; University of Chester (Taylor & Francis, 2016-04-21)
      A co-operative inquiry group consisting of 8 counsellors met for 11 months to explore their experience of spirituality in their counselling training and in their work with clients (Swinton, 2010; 2015). The aim was to explore whether spirituality was absent from the process of counselling training, specifically to discover (1) how counsellors perceived and described their experience of spirituality in their training and (2) with a view to developing spiritual pedagogy; how spirituality could be incorporated into the training process of practitioners
    • Researching Lesser-Explored Issues in Counselling and Psychotherapy

      Gubi, Peter M.; Swinton, Valda; University of Chester (Karnac Books, 2016-05-11)
      The aim of the volume is to inform counsellors and psychotherapists, and those in allied professions who support and care for people, towards developing a greater awareness of issues they may encounter. These include sexuality after breast cancer in young, single women; the impact of pregnancy loss on women who delayed childbirth and remain childless; adult reflections on being an only child; processing parental rejection through personal development; the nature of school-based counselling; the impact of emotional labour on secondary school teachers; and the impact of inappropriately referred clients on counselling trainees in placement.
    • Researching spirituality in counselling training

      Swinton, Valda; University of Chester (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, 2007)
      The spiritual is always present and this presence manifests itself in the learning environment. In conclusion, education and training within the area of psychology, religion, - spirituality appears to be very limited. Yet the finding suggests that counsellors are interested in the exploration of spirituality in counsellor training.
    • The Spiritual in Counselling Training

      Swinton, Valda; University of Chester (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014-12-05)
      This chapter explores whether spirituality is absent from the process of counselling training, drawing, not only on my research based on a co-operative inquiry group consisting of practitioners who met for 11 months to explore their experience of spirituality in counselling training and in their work with clients, but also on my experience: culturally of spirituality; as a trainee; and as trainer of therapists on a postgraduate programme. The wider debate highlights the fact that spirituality is a neglected component in counsellor education, with most of the writers and researchers pointing to the need for spirituality to be incorporated into training (Bergin, 1991; Lovinger, 1984; Shafranske & Malony, 1990; Shafranske, 2009; West, 2011),
    • Spirituality and Sexual Abuse.

      Swinton, Valda; University of Chester (Karnac Books, 2016-05-12)
      Listen to the voices of trauma. Can you hear their cry? Their pain exudes emotional blood from psychic pores. Nights are broken by frightening intrusions from ghosts of the past. Bodies hold memories, secrets and scars locked into sinew, glands and neurons; weary souls of the abyss, seeking peace in their souls (Wilson 2003a, in Sanderson, 2006 p.66). This chapter appears to be really timely when we take into consideration what has been so prominent in the news over recent years about the level of abuse perpetrated by celebrities; one celebrity in particular. The high profile nature of this abuse and over what period this abuse took place, can impact the individual’s ability to move forward from the abuse. The high profile nature of what has been in the news has had a knock on effect for individuals who have been abused to come forward and disclose the abuse. Therefore in this chapter I will be addressing the effects of sexual abuse on an individual’s spirituality; the impact that abuse has on the person: not just on the person but on those who would seek to accompany them to find ’peace’. In my experience it is difficult to actually listen to the voices of ‘trauma and pain’ without being inextricably changed by that experience
    • Working with the spiritual in counselling and psychotherapy

      Swinton, Valda; Jay, Colin; University of Chester (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, 2014)
      If you like me, are from a religious background and have therefore had a ready-made language to discuss the spiritual dimension of human experience, you may have struggled to know how to work with the spiritual dimension of clients coming for therapy. Ethically, now, as counsellors we must consider spirituality in relation to diversity, as spirituality could be an element in our clients’ cultural experience. There may be no shared language or understanding to address this dimension and this is problematic. The separation of spirituality from religion has meant that there may be no shared understanding of what spirituality means. Consequently there may be as many definitions of spirituality as there are people (in terms of what spirituality means for individuals).