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CNL 509 Topic 2 Post 2 According to our text, spirituality plays a significant role in African American culture, yet, historically, the majority of mental health professionals see themselves as “nonreligious.” How would you utilize the spirituality of an African American client as a resource in helping them manage their mental health issues? Provide at least one scholarly reference to support your response. A lot of people tend to source their values and morals from religious aspects and beliefs. A large portion of African American culture has a strong reliance upon beliefs in God, which can influence barriers in a counselor-client relationship when one or both lack understanding about how such beliefs can influence choices and perceptions. The advantage of a counselor being “nonreligious” is not to suggest a nonspiritual perspective or to imply that such beliefs are unacceptable, but rather to remain open and flexible in acknowledging the truths behind the

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