The literature on religion as a specific area of cultural diversity within professional training in psychology and social work, while it focuses exclusively on the paradigm of secular therapists gaining multicultural competency in treating highly religious clients, contains evidence that religious populations prefer therapists who share their faith. In response to this cultural preference among clients, a different paradigm, one of highly religious Orthodox Jewish therapists serving their religious communities' mental health needs, has been adopted by the highly religious Orthodox Jewish communities in America. This new paradigm has not yet been acknowledged in the literature and this study begins a discussion of this trend. Using the phenomenological methodology, 10 young highly religious Orthodox Jewish recent graduates of secular graduate training programs in psychology and social work shared their lived experience of graduate training. Among the results of the study, the participants described feeling themselves to be in a foreign environment and maintaining separation and distance both socially and intellectually. Conclusions from the results are drawn and recommendations for further research are made.
|Commitee:||Kostere, Kim, Sarnoff, David P.|
|Department:||School of Psychology|
|School Location:||United States -- Minnesota|
|Source:||DAI-B 69/07, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Religion, Social psychology, Social work, Psychotherapy, Higher education|
|Keywords:||Cultural diversity, Graduate training, Jewish, Orthodox, Psychotherapy, Religion|
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