Integrative Body-Mind-Spirit Social Work An Empirically Based Approach to Assessment and Treatment

ISBN-10: 0195301021

ISBN-13: 9780195301021

Edition: 2009

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Description: In recent years, interest in non-Western curative techniques among Americans has grown by leaps and bounds. Integrative Body-Mind-Spirit Social Work is the first book to strongly connect Western therapeutic techniques with Eastern philosophy and practices, while also providing a comprehensive and pragmatic agenda for social work, and mental health professionals. This breakthrough text, written by a cast of highly regarded researchers from both Asia and America, presents aholistic, therapeutic approach that ties Eastern philosophy and practical techniques to Western forms of therapy in order to help bring about positive, transformative changes in individuals and families. Integrative therapy focuses on the mind-body-spirit relationship, recognizes spirituality as a fundamental domain of human existence, acknowledges and utilizes the mind's power as well as the body's, and reaches beyond self-actualization or symptom reduction to broaden a perception of self that connects individuals to a larger sense of themselves and to their communities. Here, the authors provide a pragmatic, step-by-step description of assessment and treatment techniques that employ anintegrative, holistic perspective. They begin by establishing the conceptual framework of integrative body-mind-spirit social work, then expertly describe, step-by-step, assessment and treatment techniques that utilize integrative and holistic perspectives. Several case studies demonstrate the approach inaction, such as one with breast cancer patients who participated in body-mind-spirit and social support groups and another in which trauma survivors used meditation to get onto a path of healing. These examples provide solid empirical evidence that integrative body-mind-spirit social work is indeed a practical therapeutic approach in bringing about tangible changes in clients. The authors also discuss ethical issues and give tips for learning integrative body-mind-spirit social work. Professionals in social work, psychology, counseling, and nursing, as well as graduate students in courses on integral, alternative, or complementary clinical practice will find this a much-needed resource that complements the growing interest in alternatives to traditional Western psychotherapy.

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Book details

Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/25/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 368
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.584

Foreword
Preface and Acknowledgments
List of Contributors
Introduction: The Coming of Integrative Body-Mind-Spirit Social Work
A Theoretical and Practice Framework of Integrative Body-Mind-Spirit Social Work
The Philosophical Underpinnings of Integrative Body-Mind-Spirit Social Work: Holistic Wellness and the Beauty of Harmony
Assumptions of Integrative Body-Mind-Spirit Social Work Regarding Change
Elements of Integrative Body-Mind-Spirit Social Work
Systemic Assessment: Everything Is Connected
Formulating a Treatment Plan: A Multidimensional Approach
The Power of the Mind: Moving Beyond Cognition and Problem Resolution
Nurturing the Body for Balance and Tranquility
From the Body to the Mind and Spirit
Spiritual Growth and Transformation: Expanding Life's Horizons
Centering the Self: Personal Growth and Transformation
Applications and Treatment Effectiveness
The Efficacy of the Integrative Body-Mind-Spirit Group and Social Support Group on Female Breast Cancer Patients
Improving the Quality of Life and Psychological Well-being of Patients with Colorectal Cancer
Instilling Hope: The Efficacy of Integrative Body-Mind-Spirit Group Treatment for Female Patients with Depressive Disorders
Integrative Body-Mind-Spirit Approach to Enhance Women's Well-being
Meditation and Treatment of Female Trauma Survivors
Learning and Using Integrative Body-Mind-Spirit Social Work in Practice
Ethics and Integrative Body-Mind-Spirit Social Work
Learning Integrative Body-Mind-Spirit Social Work
Additional Information on Yin-Yang Perspective, Buddhism, and Daoism
Internet Resources
References
Index
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