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Spiritual Counselor

Amber K Worthington, Roxanne L Parrott, Rachel A Smith
A growing number of genetic tests are included in diagnostic protocols associated with many common conditions. A positive diagnosis associated with the presence of some gene versions in many instances predicts a range of possible outcomes, and the uncertainty linked to such results contributes to the need to understand varied responses and plan strategic communication. Uncertainty in illness theory (UIT; Mishel, 1988, 1990) guided the investigation of efforts to feel in control and hopeful regarding genetic testing and diagnosis for alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (AATD)...
January 6, 2017: Health Communication
Renske Kruizinga, Iris D Hartog, Michael Scherer-Rath, Hans Schilderman, Hanneke Van Laarhoven
OBJECTIVE: Throughout their lives, people are confronted with unexpected life events, which can be difficult to incorporate into their life narratives. Such a confrontation can result in an experience of contingency. Different ways of relating to contingency have been described by Wuchterl: denying, acknowledging, and "encounter with the Other." In the present article, we aim to trace these theoretical distinctions in real-life experiences of patients. METHOD: We analyzed 45 interviews using the constant comparative method with a directed content analysis approach in the Atlas...
December 20, 2016: Palliative & Supportive Care
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Case managers are in a good position to recognize patients who have serious medical problems that are causing them and their family members stress, and refer them for a palliative care consultation, experts say. The palliative care team coordinates with the team providing medical care and helps control pain and other physical symptoms, relieves depression and anxiety, and provides support and spiritual help for the patient and family. The core palliative care team typically includes a medical specialist, a nurse who also acts as a case manager, a social worker, and a spiritual counselor...
June 2016: Hospital Case Management: the Monthly Update on Hospital-based Care Planning and Critical Paths
Tullio Proserpio, Laura Veneroni, Matteo Silva, Alvaro Lassaletta, Rosalia Lorenzo, Chiara Magni, Marina Bertolotti, Elena Barisone, Maurizio Mascarin, Momcilo Jankovic, Paolo D'Angelo, Carlo A Clerici, Carmen Garrido-Colino, Ignacio Gutierrez-Carrasco, Aizpea Echebarria, Andrea Biondi, Maura Massimino, Fiorina Casale, Angela Tamburini, Andrea Ferrari
INTRODUCTION: Spirituality is a fundamental aspect of the psychological well-being of adolescents with cancer. This study reports on a survey conducted at pediatric oncology centers in Italy and Spain to examine the situation concerning the provision of spiritual support. METHODS: An ad hoc questionnaire was distributed including multiple-choice questions on whether or not spiritual support was available; the spiritual counselor's role; how often the spiritual counselor visited the unit; and the type of training this person had received...
August 3, 2016: Tumori
Catherine S Wilson, Martin Forchheimer, Allen W Heinemann, Anne Marie Warren, Cheryl McCullumsmith
OBJECTIVE: This study sought to describe the association between spiritual well-being, demographic characteristics, quality of life (QOL) and depressive symptoms following spinal cord injury (SCI). We hypothesized QOL and depressed mood would both be explained by extent of spiritual well-being, and meaning-focused (M&P) spirituality would have a stronger impact than faith-focused spirituality. METHODS: 210 individuals with SCI were screened as part of a randomized control trial of venlafaxine XR for major depressive disorder (MDD)...
April 25, 2016: Disability and Rehabilitation
John Paul Luft
The aim of this article is to provide the experience of one chaplain resident in a clinical pastoral education program specializing in women and infants health and the intersection of professional spiritual care for this particular patient population. Spiritual care can be an elusive, non-tangible form of professional healthcare, and so within the clinical setting the chaplain is called to act as spiritual care provider, emotions facilitator, grief counselor, cultural and religious expert and administrative specialist in decedent care...
March 2016: Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling: JPCC
R Kruizinga, E Helmich, J B A M Schilderman, M Scherer-Rath, H W M van Laarhoven
BACKGROUND: Good palliative care requires excellent interprofessional collaboration; however, working in interprofessional teams may be challenging and difficult. AIM: The aim of the study is to understand the lived experience of spiritual counselors working with a new structured method in offering spiritual care to palliative patients in relation to a multidisciplinary health care team. DESIGN: Interpretive phenomenological analysis of in-depth interviews, was done using template analysis to structure the data...
July 2016: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
Katelynn G Sagaser, S Shahrukh Hashmi, Rebecca D Carter, Jennifer Lemons, Hector Mendez-Figueroa, Salma Nassef, Brent Peery, Claire N Singletary
Religion and spirituality (R/S) are important components of many individuals' lives, and spirituality is often employed by women coping with pregnancy complications. To characterize how prenatal genetic counselors might address spiritual issues with patients, 283 English and Spanish speaking women receiving prenatal genetic counseling in Houston, Texas were surveyed post-counseling using both the Brief RCope and questions regarding interest in spiritual exploration. Genetic counselors were concurrently surveyed to identify religious/spiritual language used within sessions and perceived importance of R/S...
October 2016: Journal of Genetic Counseling
Amanda Bartenbaker Thompson, Deborah Cragun, J E Sumerau, Ryan T Cragun, Vanessa De Gifis, Angela Trepanier
As debates continue about the relevance of religion to health care, research is needed to guide decisions about whether genetic counselors (GCs) should routinely address religious and/or spiritual (R/S) issues with their patients. We conducted an online survey to gauge patient perspectives on this issue. Among the 70 respondents, frequencies of closed-ended responses and thematic analyses of open-ended responses revealed multiple patient concerns related to R/S discussions with GCs. Although 60 respondents reported being R/S, only a small minority would want to discuss R/S issues if it meant less time discussing medical information...
October 2016: Journal of Genetic Counseling
M G Mokgobi
Traditional African healing has been in existence for many centuries yet many people still seem not to understand how it relates to God and religion/spirituality. Some people seem to believe that traditional healers worship the ancestors and not God. It is therefore the aim of this paper to clarify this relationship by discussing a chain of communication between the worshipers and the Almighty God. Other aspects of traditional healing namely types of traditional healers, training of traditional healers as well as the role of traditional healers in their communities are discussed...
September 2014: African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation, and Dance
Kristopher M Goodrich, Juleen K Buser, Melissa Luke, Trevor J Buser
Although religious and spiritual issues have emerged as areas of focus in counseling, very few scholars have explored the meaning and experiences of lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) clients who addressed their sexual and religious/spiritual identities in counseling. Using consensual qualitative research (CQR; Hill, 2012), the current study explores the perspectives of 12 LGB persons who sought counseling that involved religious/spiritual concerns. Four themes in participant interviews are identified, including (a) self-acceptance, (b) goals of counseling, (c) identification with counselor, and (d) counseling environment and relationship...
June 2016: Journal of Homosexuality
David M Wells, Patricia McCarthy Veach, Meredith A Martyr, Bonnie S LeRoy
Genetic counselors routinely engage with patients and families who grapple with questions of meaning while making decisions about genetic risk. Research and theory demonstrate genetic counselors gain important personal insights through their work and develop professionally from self-reflective practice regarding their beliefs and values. Data are lacking, however, about the nature of the meaning genetic counselors bring to their profession and how they directly experience and/or navigate issues of meaning within clinical practice over time...
August 2016: Journal of Genetic Counseling
Annette Mahoney, Heidi Warner, Elizabeth Krumei
Recent national surveys show that older youth who have experienced parental divorce tend to disengage from organized religion but feel as close to God as peers from intact families. In this paper, we offer a conceptual model and concrete guidelines to help adults engage in sensitive, yet direct, dialogues with older youth about the spiritual dimensions of parental divorce. Based on a recent line of empirical research on the role of religion and spirituality for post-divorce adjustment, we argue that parental divorce can be experienced as a spiritual trauma where the event is interpreted as a sacred loss and desecration, and can also trigger painful spiritual struggles...
2010: Counselling and Spirituality
Leodoro J Labrague, Denise M McEnroe-Petitte, Romeo H Achaso, Geifsonne S Cachero, Mary Rose A Mohammad
This study was to explore the perceptions of Filipino nurses' spirituality and the provision of spiritual nursing care. A descriptive, cross-sectional, and quantitative study was adopted for this study. The study was conducted in the Philippines utilizing a convenience sample of 245 nurses. Nurses' Spirituality and Delivery of Spiritual Care (NSDSC) was used as the main instrument. The items on NSDSC with higher mean scores related to nurses' perception of spirituality were Item 7, "I believe that God loves me and cares for me," and Item 8, "Prayer is an important part of my life," with mean scores of 4...
June 17, 2015: Clinical Nursing Research
David Katerndahl, Sandra Burge, Robert Ferrer, Johanna Becho, Robert Wood
OBJECTIVE: Religious and spiritual factors in intimate partner violence have received increasing attention. But are such factors related to outcomes in violent relationships? The purpose of this study was to assess the relative impact of spiritual symptoms and religious coping on attitudinal/behavioral and clinical outcomes among women in violent relationships. METHODS: Adult women with a recent history of husband-to-wife physical abuse were recruited from six primary care clinics...
2015: International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine
Paula Gardiner, Amanda C Filippelli, Patricia Lebensohn, Robert Bonakdar
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Residents' stress and burnout is a concern among family medicine residency programs. Our objective is to assess stress management options available to family medicine residents. METHODS: In 2012, the Council of Academic Family Medicine Educational Research Alliance (CERA) e-mailed a survey to US residency directors. Questions were asked on four types of stress management programming (SMP): (1) access to counselors, social workers, or mental health providers, (2) residency support or Balint groups, (3) stress management lectures or workshops, and (4) residency retreats...
April 2015: Family Medicine
Peter Jen Der Pan, Liang-Yu F Deng, Shiou Ling Tsai, S S Jenny Yuan
Interviews were carried out with 10 Christian pastoral counselors to explore their perspectives on the use of Scripture and prayer in the counseling process. Grounded Theory was utilized. Five main categories including a theological framework of pastoral counseling, counselors' considerations of using Scripture and prayer, preparation for Christian spiritual intervention, implications of spiritual resources, and ethical issues in the pastoral counseling process were generated. The results suggest the theological framework of pastoral counseling is crucial to the use of Scripture and prayer, and the issue of a neutral response should first be clarified for clients...
April 2015: Psychological Reports
Nia Aitaoto, Shelly Campo, Linda G Snetselaar, Kathleen F Janz, Karen B Farris, Edith Parker, Tayna Belyeu-Camacho, Ryan P Jimenez
The type 2 diabetes epidemic is a global health issue, and it is especially severe in the US Pacific. Although there are nutrition interventions in Hawaii and the Pacific, success is limited, in part, because of the lack of tailoring for the Pacific context. The Pacific context is inclusive of environment, political, and economic situation; historical (precontact, colonial, and post colonial) background; cultural practices; and spiritual orientation. This study used Grounded Theory and Community-Based Participatory Research processes to identify influences that hinder or facilitate adherence to nutrition recommendations...
June 2015: Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Jenny T van der Steen, Marie-José He Gijsberts, Cees Mpm Hertogh, Luc Deliens
BACKGROUND: Spiritual caregiving is part of palliative care and may contribute to well being at the end of life. However, it is a neglected area in the care and treatment of patients with dementia. We aimed to examine predictors of the provision of spiritual end-of-life care in dementia as perceived by physicians coordinating the care. METHODS: We used data of the Dutch End of Life in Dementia study (DEOLD; 2007-2011), in which data were collected prospectively in 28 Dutch long-term care facilities...
2014: BMC Palliative Care
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Reports an error in "Etiology Beliefs Moderate the Influence of Emotional Self-Control on Willingness to See a Counselor Through Help-Seeking Attitudes Among Asian American Students" by Paul Youngbin Kim and Dana L. Kendall (Journal of Counseling Psychology, Advanced Online Publication, Mar 17, 2014, np). Under the Preliminary Analyses and Model Fit subheading, the p value for the correlation between prior counseling experience and help-seeking attitudes should have been p .001. All versions of the article have been corrected...
April 2015: Journal of Counseling Psychology
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