The Psychology of Religion and Spirituality for Clinicians: Using Research in Your Practice

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Jamie Aten, Kari O'Grady, Everett Worthington, Jr.
Routledge, Jun 19, 2013 - Psychology - 422 pages
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Many therapists and counselors find themselves struggling to connect the research on the psychology of religion and spirituality to their clinical practice. This book will address this issue, providing a valuable resource for clinicians that will help translate basic research findings into useful clinical practice strategies. The editors and chapter authors, all talented and respected scholar-clinicians, offer a practical and functional understanding of the empirical literature on the psychology of religion and spirituality of, while at the same time outlining clinical implications, assessments, and strategies for counseling and psychotherapy. Chapters cover such topics as religious and spiritual identity, its development, and its relationship with one’s personality; client God images; spiritually transcendent experiences; forgiveness and reconciliation; and religion and spirituality in couples and families. Each concludes with clinical application questions and suggestions for further reading. This book is a must-read for all those wishing to ground their clinical work in an empirical understanding of the role that religion and spirituality plays in the lives of their clients.

 

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Contents

EDITORS
DEVELOPMENT OF RELIGION AND SPIRITUALITY ACROSS THE LIFE
DEVELOPMENTAL AND NARRATIVE PERSPECTIVES ON RELIGIOUS
RELIGIOUS AND SPIRITUAL MOTIVATIONS IN CLINICAL PRACTICE
CONNECTION BETWEEN PERSONALITY AND RELIGION
THEORY RESEARCH AND CLINICAL PRACTICE
ADDRESSING SPIRITUALLY TRANSCENDENT EXPERIENCES
PSYCHOTHERAPY
PROCESSES OF RELIGIOUS AND SPIRITUAL COPING
FORGIVENESS AND RECONCILIATION WITHIN THE PSYCHOLOGY
RELIGION AND SPIRITUALITY IN COUPLES AND FAMILIES
RELIGION SPIRITUALITY AND MENTAL HEALTH
IMPACT OF RELIGION AND SPIRITUALITY ON PHYSICAL HEALTH
BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN RESEARCH AND PRACTICE IN
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Jamie D. Aten, PhD, is the Dr. Arthur P. Rech and Mrs. Jean May Rech Associate Professor of Psychology and Co-Director of the Humanitarian Disaster Institute at Wheaton College.

Kari A. O’Grady, PhD, is an assistant professor at Loyola University Maryland.

Everett L. Worthington, Jr., PhD, is a professor of psychology at the Virginia Commonwealth University.

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