Including a spiritual dimension in family therapy: Ethical considerations

Ingeborg E. Haug

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The inclusion of a spiritual dimension in family therapy theory and clinical practice may well be viewed as an important professional challenge of the nineties. Following a working definition of terms, this paper explores the ethical complexities inherent in operationalizing a spiritual orientation in therapy in light of the following principles adopted from medical ethics: Respect for clients' autonomy, safeguarding clients' welfare, protecting them from harm, and treating them justly and honestly.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-194
Number of pages14
JournalContemporary Family Therapy
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Ethics
  • Religion
  • Spiritual awareness
  • Spiritual literacy
  • Spirituality


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