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Spiritual Practices in Psychotherapy Thirteen Tools for Enhancing Psychological Health

ISBN-10: 1433804298
ISBN-13: 9781433804298
Edition: 2009
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Book details

List price: $59.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Publication date: 2/15/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 280
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

This text is for mental health practitioners who want to enhance their clients' psychological wellbeing using therapeutic tools drawn from spiritual and religious thought.

Thomas G. Plante, PhD, is Associate Professor and Chair of the Psychology Department at Santa Clara University. He is also Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine, and Consulting Associate Professor in the School of Education at Stanford University. The author or editor of several books and more than 80 journal articles, Dr. Plante is a licensed psychologist, Diplomate in Clinical Psychology, and Fellow of the American Psychological Association. His research interests include faith and health, ethics, and the psychological benefits of exercise. He has a private practice in Menlo Park, California. Allen C. Sherman, PhD, is Clinical Director of Behavioral Medicine and Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at Arkansas Cancer Research Center, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He is a licensed psychologist and marriage and family therapist. Dr. Sherman's research focuses on quality of life and psychosocial adjustment among cancer patients, psychological interventions, and psychosocial predictors of disease outcome.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Defining Religion, Spirituality, and the Sacred
Who Should Read This Book
What Is in This Book
Conclusion
Religion-Spirituality in the Practice and Science of Psychology
Most Americans Are Religious, Spiritual, or Both
Most Psychologists Are Not Spiritual or Religious
"The Times They Are a-Changin'"
Methodological Issues in Research on Religion and Health
Mental Health Associations With Religion-Spirituality
Negative Outcomes in Religion-Health Studies
Conclusion
Thirteen Tools From Religious-Spiritual Thought: Definitions and Philosophical Grounding
A Philosophical Perspective: Common Questions of Faith
Internal and External Benefits of Tending the Spirit
Thirteen Tools for Your Psychotherapeutic Toolbox
Ethical and Cultural Considerations
Conclusion
Assessment Issues
What Therapists Are Trying to Assess
How Therapists Assess Religion-Spirituality
Conclusion
Internal Religious-Spiritual Tools
Spiritually and Psychologically Minded Services
Implicit and Explicit Approaches to Psychotherapy
Problems Clinicians May Bring to Psychotherapy When Integrating Religious-Spiritual Tools
Tools for Nurturing Individual Spiritual Growth
Using Internal Tools in Integration: A Case Example
Conclusion
External and Other Religious-Spiritual Tools
Tools for Nurturing External Engagement and Acceptance
Using External and Other Tools in Integration
Conclusion
Five Ethical Values to Guide Professional Behavior
Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Competence, and Concern
Conclusion
Special Circumstances: Seven Types of Clients
Working With Clients Who Are Very Religious
Working With Clients Who Are Not Religious
Working With Clients Outside One's Religious Tradition
Working With Clients Within One's Religious Tradition
Working With Clients Victimized by Their Religious Leaders or Community
Working With Clients Who Feel Damaged by Their Religious Tradition
Working With Clients With Destructive Religious Views and Behaviors
Conclusion
Consultation With Religious Professionals: An Often-Overlooked Tool
Why Clergy and Therapists Should Consult Each Other
How Clergy and Therapists Should Collaborate
Typical Problems in Clergy-Mental Health Consultation
Cultivating a Successful Consultative Relationship With Clergy
Conclusion
Best Practices in Action
12-Step Programs
Biopsychosocial Approaches
Manualized Religiously-Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy Programs
The Eight-Point Program: An Integrative Approach to Spirituality and Psychotherapy
Using Religious-Spiritual Tools to Enhance Psychotherapy: Extended Case Examples
When Interventions Do Not Work
Conclusion
Next Steps: Focused Research and Training
Maximizing the Success of Research
Training the Next Generation of Scholars and Clinicians
Future Directions
Additional Resources
Appendix: Assessment
References
Index
About the Author

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