Alexander Ross on Religion and Happiness

Program Title:

Alexander Ross on Religion and Happiness.

Hours of Training:

1 hour


Research on presents weekly podcasts on the social scientific study of religion.    The site may be accessed at  The podcasts are hosted by Anthony Gill of the University of Washington in collaboration with Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion.  Mr. Gill has generously consented to the use of this podcast for this training program.

Program Description:  

Prof. G. Alexander Ross of the Institute for the Psychological Sciences discusses the decline in female happiness over the past four decades and how it is related to declining religious participation. Our interview features a general discussion of happiness, the non-religious factors affecting one’s happiness, the general decline in female happiness (relative to males) and how religion promotes general contentment and joy. Prof. Ross notes that recent declines among church attendance, particularly among women, have led to a steeper decline in happiness for females as compared to men. We conclude with a discussion of the role of religion in psychologicalcounseling (\"Alexander Ross on Religion and Happiness,\" 2011).


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More about Alexander Ross:


Alexander Ross on religion and happiness. (2011). Retrieved from

Learning Objectives/Syllabus

Participants who complete this course will:

1) Demonstrate knowledge of screening and orientation; to include having knowledge of the appropriateness of coaching for various populations, assessing client goals and motivation for change, awareness of the parameters of coaching while distinguishing ways coaching differs from counseling, therapy or other roles.

2) Demonstrate knowledge of fundamental coaching skills; to include understanding of the coaching relationship, listening, questioning, responding, coaching models, and cultural issues.

3) Demonstrate knowledge of assessment; to include assessing/refining goals, assessing values, evaluating barriers, and identifying spiritual and personal strengths.

4) Demonstrate knowledge of approaches for Individuals; to include addressing motivation, barriers, and mission.

5) Demonstrate knowledge of approaches for Businesses and Organizations; to include basic knowledge of career coaching, executive and business coaching, and churches.

6) Demonstrate knowledge of ethical and professional practice; to include the purpose of ethical codes of conduct, knowledge of existing codes of ethical conduct, and distinguishing elements of Christian coaches’ network code of ethics.

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