Religious Sensitivity in Mindfulness Practice: Adaptations for Christian Clients

Mar 31, 2019 10:30am ‐ Mar 31, 2019 12:00pm


Description

Respect for diversity is supported by the sensitivity of religious accommodation, avoiding unnecessary resistance by encouraging a collaborative dialogue on the integration of religion and spirituality in counseling. Because mindfulness claims origins in Zen Buddhism, some religious groups may be resistant to the practice. One way to respond to the concern is to adapt mindfulness strategies to be more culturally sensitive to the client’s faith. Such adaptations may enhance treatment compliance for Christian clients.

  • Professional counselors will learn why some religious groups may be resistant toward mindfulness practice, and will discuss practical solutions for decreasing unnecessary resistance.
  • Professional counselors will be informed of the significant research outcomes of an initial randomized trial that compared Christian accommodated mindfulness to traditional mindfulness in a Christian sample.
  • Professional counselors will be introduced to three mindfulness training protocols that have been adapted to a Christian worldview to utilize as examples of religiously accommodative mindfulness practice in treatment with Christian clients.

Speaker(s):

  • Kristy M. Ford, PhD, Professor, Liberty University
  • Tonya Gardner, MS, Instructor in Psychology and Counseling, Baptist College of Florida

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