International Journal of Existential Positive Psychology

Utilizing Existential Meaning-Making as a Therapeutic Tool for Clients Affected by Poverty

Amanda M. Evans

Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation and Counseling, Auburn University

Annette Kluck

Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation and Counseling, Auburn University

Doris Hill

Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation and Counseling, Auburn University

Eric Crumley

Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation and Counseling, Auburn University

Joshua Turchan

Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation and Counseling, Auburn University

Abstract

The existential-humanistic therapeutic approach for working with clients affected by poverty is described. The role of status, love, suffering, and societal norms as part of identity development, as well as determining when and how to introduce this approach are discussed. Specific techniques of meaning-making are explained and a case example is provided.

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