Religiosity of psychotherapists: A national survey

  • A. E. Bergin Brigham Young University, Department of Psychology, 285 TLRB, Provo, UT 84602, United States
  • J. P. Jensen Brigham Young University, Department of Psychology, 285 TLRB, Provo, UT 84602, United States

Abstract

A brief review of previous results on studies of therapist religious values is provided and compared with a new national survey of clinical psychologists, marriage and family therapists, social workers and psychiatrists. The results confirm other findings in that psychologists show low rates of conventional religious affiliation and participation; but we also discovered a substantial amount of religious participation and spiritual involvement among all groups of therapists beyond or in addition to traditional conventions. There may be a reservoir of spiritual interests among therapists that is often unexpressed due to the secular framework of professional education and practice. This phenomenon, which we termed 'spiritual humanism,' could provide the basis for new dimensions of practice that might bridge the cultural gap between a secular profession and a more religious public. A large number of distressed persons appear to desire help that is consistent with their spiritual frames of reference.

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Published
2020-10-15
How to Cite
Bergin, A. E., & Jensen, J. P. (2020). Religiosity of psychotherapists: A national survey. Religious Studies: An International Journal, 8(2), 33-50. Retrieved from http://fssh-journal.org/index.php/jrs/article/view/134