Incorporating Spirituality in Counseling and Psychotherapy
Theory and TechniqueeBook - 2003
- Dr. Thomas J. Russo , Department of Counseling andSchool Psychology, University of Wisconsin, River Falls
Incorporating Spirituality in Counseling andPsychotherapy presents an applied, insightful, andwell-researched overview of the theory, practice, and ethics ofintegrating spiritual and religious themes and rituals intotraditional therapy models. This well-conceived and immenselyreadable text examines common barriers and bridges betweenspirituality and mental health and documents the effectiveness ofusing spiritual practices and concepts in treatment. Mostimportant, it encourages readers, through group activities andindividual reflection, to consider their own spiritual beliefsystems and biases before engaging clients in therapy with aspiritual base.
Key features of this book include:A synopsis of the major Eastern and Western religions andspiritual movements Theoretical, cultural, and ethical implications ofincorporating spirituality in counseling Practical methods for helping clients develop a spiritualidentity Proven techniques for incorporating spiritual practices intreatment Case studies providing complex, real-life scenarios, as well asquestions and activities for individual and group discussion
A practical book for students and a valuable resource forcounselors, psychologists, social workers, addiction specialists,and other mental health professionals, IncorporatingSpirituality in Counseling and Psychotherapy offers expertguidance on how to handle issues of spirituality in furthering thetherapeutic process.