Ethics And Standards For Professional Psychology

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The Ethics Behind a Spiritual and Religious Use in a Therapeutic Setting
Ophelia Lee
Kaplan University

Ethics and Standards for Professional Psychology
Professor Peter Lenz
May 4, 2015

This paper addresses the complexity of spirituality and religion in a therapeutic setting. This paper includes examples and information regarding upholding the Ethics Code while using religion and spiritual reasoning in psychology. It addresses the issues of a multi-faith setting, information and research on omitting religion and spirituality as well as the importance of maintaining a bias view of any and all religious and spiritual values. This paper also identifies the benefits reported when using Secular and Theistic therapy. Religion and Spirituality is best used in therapy when “Psychologists are aware of and respect cultural, individual, and role differences, including those based on age, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, language, and socioeconomic status and consider these factors when working with members of such groups.” ( APA, 2002, p. 4)” (Plante, "Four Steps to Improve Religious/Spiritual Cultural Competence in Professional Psychology / REFLECTIONS", 2014, pp. 288-292)

Religion and Spiritual concepts are more frequently being used in therapeutic settings. Previously these concepts were isolated, or left unspoken. To maintain the integrity of the patient and clients…
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