This paper addresses Falun Gong and counseling integration. It is based on a program presented at the 2016 American Counseling Association Conference, March 31–April 3, Montreal, Canada.
There is a growing awareness of Eastern meditative approaches in recent years in the West. And more people turning to these practices for their health and wellness needs.
Falun Gong presents as one such mind-body meditative practice. However, little is known about the practice, its beneficial effects, and potential use in counseling.
Falun Gong and Counseling: Aims
The primary aim of this paper is to explore the health-wellness effects of Falun Gong and its integration with counseling.
The second aim is to present the author’s pioneering research, completed under the auspices of the University of South Australia, as partial fulfillment for the Doctor of Counseling degree.
Last but not the least, the paper serves to introduce Falun Gong to the counseling community from the author’s perspective.
Dubbed the ‘Australian survey,’ the study explores the health-wellness effects of Falun Gong.
Findings revealed that Falun Gong respondents reported better health-wellness status than those who do not practice Falun Gong.
Some of the key findings indicated that Falun Gong respondents are more likely to report excellent health. They also reported little or no use of medication. They spent less medical and health expenses than those who do not practice Falun Gong.
Falun Gong respondents are more optimistic about their health-wellness statuses.
Data elicit interesting implications for our aging population and potential for counseling integration.
Keywords: Falun Gong, counseling, meditation, cultivation practice, benefits, health, wellness.
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Dr. Margaret Trey has a doctorate in counseling from The University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia. As a counselor previously based at two medical centers, she has ample experience with integrating Falun Gong into her professional practice and effectively helping her clients to manage and reduce anxiety.