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The efficacy of active spirituality in mitigating burnout and promoting wellness in the counseling profession

Farner, Katherine A. and Anton, Mark S. (2017) The efficacy of active spirituality in mitigating burnout and promoting wellness in the counseling profession. Counseling & Wellness: A Professional Counseling Journal, 6.


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Burnout presents an enormous risk to the helping professionals, and by proxy, the people they intend to help. The relationship between spirituality, religion, and burnout in the counseling profession was examined through review of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-method studies on the subject of interest. Without challenge, the overriding results were that active spirituality and religious beliefs were instrumental in preventing burnout among helping professions. Special attention was paid to Catholic priests, mental health counselors, and graduate students.

Item Type: Article
Publisher’s Statement: Publisher's note: This article was admitted for publication to the Counseling & Wellness Journal, vol. 6, but due to a clerical error within the journal's editorial team, was not included when Volume 6 went to online press. We apologize to the authors for any inconvenience.
Additional Information: Counseling & Wellness: A Professional Counseling Journal is published annually and dedicated to publishing refereed articles related to professional counseling in general and issues and counseling approaches that focus on wellness and personal adjustment. Publication priority was given to current Masters and Doctoral students from CACREP-accredited Counseling Programs with active Chi Sigma Iota Chapters Counseling & Wellness: A Professional Counseling Journal is the official publication of the Beta Alpha Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota at Northern Arizona University.
Keywords: spirituality, spirit, burnout, self-care, counseling, religion, competency, health, mental health, stress, compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, higher power, healing profession, psychologist, psychotherapist
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
NAU Depositing Author Academic Status: Faculty/Staff
Department/Unit: Journals > Counseling and Wellness Journal
College of Education > Educational Specialities
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2020 19:33
URI: http://openknowledge.nau.edu/id/eprint/5511

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