Relational Spirituality, Intercultural Competence, and Social Justice in Systemic Therapies

Authors

  • Daniel Hauge Boston University
  • Steven Sandage Boston University, The Albert & Jessie Danielsen Institute
  • Laura Captari Boston University, The Albert and Jessie Danielsen Institute
  • Sarah Crabtree Boston University, The Albert and Jessie Danielsen Institute

Keywords:

Relational spirituality, Intercultural competence, Social Justice, family therapy, couples therapy

Abstract

The Relational Spirituality Model (RSM) builds on relational psychodynamic and systemic approaches and serves as an orienting framework for clinical services and training. In this article, we provide an overview of the RSM, a pluralistic contextual approach to spirituality in clinical practice that (a) considers developmental dialectics of spiritual dwelling and seeking and (b) explores diverse ways that religious and spiritual dynamics can range from salutary to harmful. In light of growing attention to racism in U.S. society, we review salient research on justice-seeking spirituality and consider the roles of humility, differentiation, and hope in developing intercultural competence. Throughout, we consider implications for clinical practice and training. 

Author Biographies

Steven Sandage, Boston University, The Albert & Jessie Danielsen Institute

Steven J. Sandage, MDiv, PhD (Counseling Psychology), LP, is the Albert and Jessie Danielsen Professor of Psychology of Religion and Theology at Boston University and research director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Psychology.

Laura Captari, Boston University, The Albert and Jessie Danielsen Institute

Postdoctoral Research & Clinical Fellow

Sarah Crabtree, Boston University, The Albert and Jessie Danielsen Institute

Academic Researcher and couple and family therapist at the Danielsen Institute.

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Published

2021-02-11

How to Cite

Hauge, D., Sandage, S., Captari, L., & Crabtree, S. (2021). Relational Spirituality, Intercultural Competence, and Social Justice in Systemic Therapies. New England Journal of Relational and Systemic Practice, 1(1). Retrieved from https://nejournalrsp.com/index.php/mejrsp/article/view/9