Description: Spiritual bypass is the avoidance of underlying emotional issues by focusing solely on spiritual beliefs, practices, and experiences. Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a client-centered, compassionate approach to effectively addressing resistance among those who present in spiritual bypass. In this article, the authors provide background information on spiritual bypass and a rationale for adopting an MI approach to working with these clients. A case presentation illustrates one example of using MI with spiritual bypass.
Understand how spiritual bypass can impact the counseling process.
Learn the principles of motivational interviewing (MI) and how to use the technique to address the resistance associated with spiritual bypass.
Consider the application of motivational interviewing in addressing spiritual bypass by reviewing a specific case example.