Incorporating Spirituality in Counseling and Psychotherapy: Theory and Technique

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John Wiley & Sons, Jun 16, 2003 - Psychology - 336 pages
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"This book, through its well-referenced and critically thoughtful approach, has made an invaluable contribution to the counseling literature. The extensive use of case studies and other applied materials makes it a valuable . . . reference."
Dr. Thomas J. Russo, Department of Counseling and School Psychology, University of Wisconsin, River Falls

Incorporating Spirituality in Counseling and Psychotherapy presents an applied, insightful, and well-researched overview of the theory, practice, and ethics of integrating spiritual and religious themes and rituals into traditional therapy models. This well-conceived and immensely readable text examines common barriers and bridges between spirituality and mental health and documents the effectiveness of using spiritual practices and concepts in treatment. Most important, it encourages readers, through group activities and individual reflection, to consider their own spiritual belief systems and biases before engaging clients in therapy with a spiritual base.

Key features of this book include:

  • A synopsis of the major Eastern and Western religions and spiritual movements
  • Theoretical, cultural, and ethical implications of incorporating spirituality in counseling
  • Practical methods for helping clients develop a spiritual identity
  • Proven techniques for incorporating spiritual practices in treatment
  • Case studies providing complex, real-life scenarios, as well as questions and activities for individual and group discussion

A practical book for students and a valuable resource for counselors, psychologists, social workers, addiction specialists, and other mental health professionals, Incorporating Spirituality in Counseling and Psychotherapy offers expert guidance on how to handle issues of spirituality in furthering the therapeutic process.


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Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Historical Development
Chapter 3 Western or Monotheistic Religions
Chapter 4 Eastern Religions
Chapter 5 Theoretical Integration with Cultural Implications
Chapter 6 Counseling Focus Integration
Chapter 7 Ethical Issues
Chapter 8 Specific Treatment Techniques
Appendix A American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy AAMFT Code of Ethics
Appendix B American Counseling Association ACA Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice
Appendix C American Psychological Association APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct
Appendix D National Association of Social Workers NASW Code of Ethics
Author Index
Subject Index

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About the author (2003)

GERI MILLER, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and professor in the Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. She is also the author of Learning the Language of Addiction Counseling.

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