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This study examined doctoral psychology training practices in religion and spirituality. The relationships between training, religious/spiritual beliefs, and self-reported competence to address spirituality in counseling were explored. Approximately 253 clinical and counseling psychology interns completed a demographic questionnaire, a survey of religious/spiritual training received, measures of religious commitment and of the personal importance of spirituality, and a measure of self-perceived competence in addressing religious/spiritual issues in counseling. The return rate was 28%. Results suggest that a majority of interns had not been offered specific training in religion/spirituality and counseling; a majority felt only moderately competent to address spirituality within counseling; level of training was positively related to self-perceived competence; level of personal religiousness/spirituality was positively related to self-perceived competence; doctoral programs housed within religiously affiliated schools offered more training on spirituality; and interns from religiously-affiliated schools had higher self-perceived competence to address spirituality in counseling.
Cassidy, Elizabeth J., "Religion and spirituality in professional psychologist training: A survey of interns." (2006). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 8585.