spirituality, psychotherapy, inspiration, helping professionals, theistic
This qualitative research study examined the ways that helping professionals experi- ence inspiration, as defined as divine guidance or influence, in their therapeutic work. It also explored their beliefs about how helping professionals can seek inspiration in their work. Open-ended survey questions from 333 respondents from a diverse range of religious and professional backgrounds were qualitatively analyzed. The themes ex- tracted give insight into the ways that these helping professionals have experienced inspiration in their work and about how helping professionals can facilitate a spiritual space in the therapeutic context.
Original Publication Citation
O’Grady, K. A., & Richards, P. S. (2010). The role of inspiration in the helping professions. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 2, 57-66.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
O'Grady, Kari A. and Richards, P. Scott, "The Role of Inspiration in the Helping Professions" (2010). Faculty Publications. 3847.
Psychology of Religion and Spirituality
David O. McKay School of Education
Counseling Psychology and Special Education
American Psychological Association
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