October 10, 2005
you may know, both the content and the delivery method
for EDHS 828 are part of a Counselor Education curriculum
revision. I hope we will all learn together and
have an enjoyable experience. This page will be used to provide
information and to "guide" our journey. However,
the process is not equivalent to the intended product.
we will all grow in our understanding of how professional
counselors should respond to counselees with diverse spiritual
orientations and religious beliefs and practices. Each
you will be a teacher and each of us will be a learner.
The course web site is a work in progress and I hope to continue
to make changes throughout the semester as I learn from your
suggestions. The course web site will be reviewed during the November 1 course meeting and questions will be welcomed.
course is that Internet assisted so that directed
reading and independent study will provide the content,
and that speakers, discussion and practice will produce
A significant part of the November 1 class will be to deal
with questions and concerns about the process. The opening
invited speaker is be Chris Loss, a Curry Higher Education
and History doctoral graduate who will talk about his
paper, The Therapeutic Ethos in 20th Century History.
A major learning vehicle will be your preparation of short
papers on assigned topics and posting the papers for study
and comment by the members of the course.
hope you can read the papers by Hackney and Graf, and Loss
that are posted in the electronic
reserve, before before the first class.
There is no text per se. That is the course will not be designed to follow a test sequence. However, if you are only going to read one book to meet the course requirements, I suggest the edited book:
Cashwell, C. S., & Young,
J. S. (2005). Integrating spirituality and religion into counseling: A guide to competent practice. Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association Press.
also recommend that you read the following classic (but
short) book because so many people ask the question suggested
by the title of their deity and
of their counselors.
Kushner, H. S. (1981). When bad things happen
to good people. (The University
Bookstore has been asked to stock the cheapest paperback.
has more than one publisher and edition.)
guest speakers are arranged and I am excited. Dr. Anderson
is a Christian and Dr. Sheras is Jewish. Dr. Sheras will
also add a perspective from his study of Buddhism.
Following the disclosure link will take you
to a personal statement concerning my spiritual beliefs and
religious practice. I offer it for those who want to know
the biases I bring to the course. Feel free to read or ignore.
you have questions or would like to discuss this course
as a possible part of your program, feel free to e-mail,
telephone or visit me. Contact information is on the course