International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Counselors’ Role with Clients in Medical Crises: Human Suffering, Spirituality, and Meaning Making
Steven D. Koffman

Abstract
Spirituality recognizes the search for a deep and abiding meaning to life. Mental health counselors should be able to explore with sensitivity and acceptance of a range of religious or spiritual expressions, or ways of meaning-making, with their clients. This article focuses on the subjective experience of human suffering with the potential loss of meaning versus the objective diagnosis and treatment of pathology. Counselors tasks are compared with the tasks of the medical model. An approach to psychosocial-spiritual healing within biomedicine is explored. Suggestions are made in order to reconcile historically these divergent paradigms of dealing with suffering.Cura Personalis, or the acknowledgement of the “whole person”, is honored as an essential foundation for educating and preparing counselors to be of service in this suffering world.

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