Children’s Spirituality: Conceptual Understanding of Developmental Transformation

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Abstract

Children’s spirituality is a dimension of human functioning not well addressed in the professional literature. This article provides an overview of the primary conceptual issues related to the spirituality of children and the role this understanding brings to practice for counselors working with children. A working definition of children’s spirituality is prescribed and followed by a discussion of relational/cultural theory, relational consciousness, and transpersonal experiences for children. Voices of children are also included to add clarity and concreteness to the conceptual ideas of spirituality that are presented. Lastly, the importance of knowledge about children’s spirituality and its contribution to counseling practice is described.

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