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Counseling or Spiritual Direction: Making the Right Call

$25.00

Rev. David Songy, O.F.M.Cap., S.T.D., Psy.D., offers strategies for choosing an appropriate path of support and treatment.

Product Description

Overview

Formators and religious leaders often struggle with whether a person requires the help of a spiritual director or a therapist. Many issues have both psychological and spiritual components, and discerning the best means of support requires a particular expertise.

Rev. David Songy, O.F.M.Cap., S.T.D., Psy.D., a licensed clinical psychologist and spiritual director, explores the unique benefits of psychological counseling and spiritual direction and offers strategies for choosing an appropriate path of support and treatment.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will:

  1. Identify various aspects of the decision-making process;
  2. Learn principles distinguishing counseling from spiritual direction; and
  3. Explore the practical applications in a ministry setting through case study discussion.

Who Should Participate

Priests, deacons, men and women religious, lay ministers, and those involved in vocations, formation, or clergy and ministry personnel needs.

Reflection Questions

Questions for reflection and discussion prior to the learning session are provided below.

  1. What do I believe is the difference between a spiritual problem and a psychological problem?
  2. When have I felt unsure about referring someone to a spiritual director or a therapist?
  3. Have I ever experienced a situation in which it seemed a spiritual director or a therapist was not the most appropriate help?