Keywords

spirituality, psychotherapy, inspiration, helping professionals, theistic

Abstract

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.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2010

Publisher

Psychology of Religion and Spirituality

Language

English

College

David O. McKay School of Education

Department

Counseling Psychology and Special Education

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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