Spirituality Assessment Methods
John E. N. Daniel is a trained seminarian and an ordained pastor and hence is academically and professionally trained and spiritually equipped to assist you in meeting your individual pastoral counseling and spiritual needs.
However, Plant (2009) asserts that most MHPs (mental health professionals) do not adopt a systematic protocol to gather religious information. But, without a solid grasp of the client's religious-spiritual history and recent habits obtain from intake forms, or interview queries; it is impractical to select an appropriate instrument of spirituality. In short, a clinical spiritual assessment must be conducted prior to the implementation of any prescribe treatment approach, if the intervention strategies are to have authentic and favorable outcomes.
Moreover, at L.E.A.P.S. we are committed to meeting not only the needs of the wider secular community, but also those of require brief therapy. As it relates to spiritual assessment, one basic information gathering tool used by L.E.A.P.S is the FICA tool: faith, importance, community, and address (Pulchalski, 2006).
Clients who express a clear intent for Christian counseling have extremely diverse perceptions about what constitutes Christian counseling. Some clients expect that all therapeutic interventions must exclusively be rooted in Scripture. Alternatively, another client may expect some level of integration of Holy Scripture and therapeutic modeling, others still might desire the grace associated with his or her therapist functioning predominantly in a priestly or pastoral role. Given the diversity of client expectations, L.E.A.P.S. is extremely sensitive and proactive in its approach to carefully assess individual expectations. Some of these expectations are determined based on skilled interview techniques. For example, some questions asked may include the following:
The Christian faith hold that God speaks through Scripture and in the Word of God having become human flesh. Such beliefs cannot be intellectually explained, but rather are accepted and believed based on one's faith. In other words, the triune God is not merely an impersonal force that controls the universe, but a loving God who manifested Himself as Jesus in the earth, lived, was crucified and buried, but rose from the day three days after being put to death. He sent His Holy Spirit to live with every one who would truly accept His life, death, and resurrection to be true. According to Greggo and Lawrence (2012) "The centerpiece of Christianity is a personal and self-revealing Creator who invites human beings, made in his image, into a transparent and authentic relationship with himself (Gen 1:26-27; Jn 3:16; Jn 10:10; Rom 1:16-17; I Jn 1:1-9). When the adjective Christian becomes the qualifier that defines counseling, there is an intentional linking between worldview, theological beliefs, psychological perspectives, and the values of living" (p. 255).
Greggo, S. P., Lawrence, K. (2012). Clinical appraisal of spirituality: In search of rapid assessment instruments (RAIs) for Christian counseling. Journal of Psychology and Christianity,31(3), 253-266.
Plant, T. G. (2009). Spiritual practices in psychotherapy: Thirteen tools for enhancing psychlogical health. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Pulchalski, C. M. (2006). A time for listening and caring: Spiritualityand the care of the chronically ill and dying. New Yory, NY: Oxford.