Faith as an Underutilized Common Factor in Counseling Outcomes: A Review of Faith-related Constructs, Their Relations to Counseling Outcomes, and the Need for a New Construct

Cory Matters Ball State University
Faculty Sponsor(s): George Gaither Ball State University
Common factors which “collectively shape a theoretical model about the mechanisms of change in psychotherapy (Wampold, 2015)” are examined as they pertain to the conventional role that faith plays in the dialogue between the counselor and the counseled, as well as the role faith plays in the theoretical psychological constructs (self-efficacy, counterfactuals, soul etc.) that evaluate intentionality. The relationship of these theoretical constructs to psychotherapeutic counseling services is defined. The need for a more inclusive faith construct by definition and pragmatic explanation is established. Once the perspective is established the topic is explored by the implications that it could have on the field of counseling psychology. The importance and usefulness of this definition of faith as a counseling tool are also explored, in a set of principled guidelines that uphold a psychologically supported paradigm called Self Evidency, which views faith as intentionality/interdependency.
Oral Presentation

When & Where

02:15 PM
Gallahue Hall 101