In an article titled “Which spiritual counseling certification is worth it?” published in the journal The Journal of Spiritual Counseling, researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Temple University found that the three-year certifications, which cover topics such as spiritual healing and self-help, are the most effective.
According to a summary provided by the authors, the three certifications cover a range of topics, including:1.
Spiritual healing, including how to identify and address personal spiritual pain, and how to prevent and address it.2.
Self-help and spirituality, which includes spiritual counseling strategies and spiritual healing practices.3.
Personal spirituality, the quality of your beliefs and practices, and your sense of meaning.
According the authors of the study, a certificate of spiritual counseling should be a strong endorsement for its topic of training and practice.
“The three certifiers that are most commonly used for spiritual counseling are the three areas of specialization, the degree of specialization of the training, and the certifications’ content,” the authors wrote.
“The degree of training of the trainee and the certification content should be in line with the level of specialization.”
According to the study’s findings, while some of the certifiers are more specialized than others, they all have similar objectives and focus on a specific field.
The study also found that while the three spiritual counseling training certifications have a high quality score, there are some certification areas that fall short.
For example, the study noted that the certificate of Spiritual Healing Training focuses on the process of developing and using an effective spiritual healing technique, whereas the certification of Spiritual Counselling and Spiritual Counselor focuses on a person’s spiritual development.
The three certification areas, however, all have their strengths and weaknesses.
For instance, while the certificates of Spiritual Recovery Training and Spiritual Counsellor focus on helping people to gain spiritual insight, the certifcations of Spiritual Leadership and Spiritual Wisdom focus on developing spiritual and moral leadership.
While the certifiations of Spirituality, Spiritual Counselorship, and Spiritual Healing are also generally in line, some certifications such as Spiritual Guidance are more appropriate for those who are seeking a more general, professional spiritual counseling career.
“These certifications may provide a more direct path to a spiritual counselor job, but many have a very narrow scope of training, which can be quite limited,” the study concluded.