The Intersection of Spirituality, Religion, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identity in Family Therapy Training: An Exploration of Students’ Beliefs and Practices

Christi R. McGeorge, Thomas Stone Carlson, Russell B. Toomey

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Abstract

This study explored the relationship between the level of clinical training that family therapy students receive related to spirituality and/or religion and their beliefs about providing therapy to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) clients. The sample consists of 341 students in family therapy programs who completed an online survey assessing the level of training on spirituality and/or religion that students received as well as indicators assessing the level of congruence between students’ spiritual and/or religious beliefs and the practices of LGBT affirmative and reparative therapies. The findings highlight a number of significant associations between the training students receive on spirituality and/or religion and their beliefs about therapy with LGBT clients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)497-506
Number of pages10
JournalContemporary Family Therapy
Volume36
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Family therapy training
  • LGBT affirmative therapy
  • Religion
  • Reparative therapy
  • Spirituality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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