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Encountering the Sacred in Psychotherapy

James GriffithMelissa Griffith

Encountering the Sacred in Psychotherapy

James GriffithMelissa Griffith

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"While the topic of integrating psychotherapy and spirituality has been widely examined for many years, few texts have provided the detailed theoretical rationale, practical techniques, and case studies found in James and Melissa Griffith'sEncountering the Sacred in Psychotherapy....The authors have a gentle, respectful manner of inviting clients to explore spiritual matters. They view psychotherapy itself as a sacred encounter, assuming that spiritual matters will surface when the practitioner listens with an open heart....This book would be of interest not only to psychotherapists but also to a general audience interested in the intersection of religion, illness, and health....The numerous examples of questions to use in exploring various aspects of spirituality will be of practical value to psychotherapists of various orientations. The many clinical examples interspersed throughout the book are its strength."--Journal of Religion, Disability, and Health "James and Melissa Griffith bring to their material a great deal of experience, clinical skill, and respect for their clients. Numerous case examples demonstrate how the flexibility of their postmodern framework combines well with family systems that would challenge most seasoned clinicians. Through narratives and process selections the reader can understand and follow the rationale for the chosen interventions....this book weaves in skill in assessment and a clear appreciation of the person-in-the-situation in demonstrating a constructivist approach to including religion and spirituality in the therapeutic process. These skills and appreciations enable the authors and the readers to immerse themselves in clients' worlds in a respectful, informed way to help clients determine if and when their beliefs can strengthen their current life."--Clinical Social Work Journal "This book is well structured and easy to read, resourcing psychotherapists with many ingredients, methods and principles to approach talking about the sacred, so as to behospitable to all our guestsin our consulting rooms."--Psychotherapy in Australia "Griffith and Griffith not only enter the realm of the sacred from the world of psychotherapy, but they also bring with them the skills of clinical research to report how this entrance was and can be made. In addition, they provide some of the results of those steps. In their approach they unite classroom and clinic, scholarship and application, research and practice, techniques and respect, self-disclosure and spiritual exploration, secular and sacred, and psychotherapy and spirituality. They use proven research designs and methods to illustrate 'How to Talk with People about Their Spiritual Lives.' All is done with the highest of ethical standards and demonstrations of statistically and clinically proven evidences of how this approach leads to positive results in therapy....The authors set forth concepts whereby spiritual resources can and are utilized to live a life beyond the perils of unavoidable sufferings, diseases, shame, guilt, and/or other medical, emotional, and psychiatric distresses."--American Journal of Pastoral Counseling "Readers are provided with much in-depth information as well as many suggestions for questions and reflections. All material is generously illustrated by case vignettes augmented by personal commentaries."--Journal of Family Psychotherapy "...the current book presents important ideas, pulls together a literature not readily accessible elsewhere, and serves as a useful resource for psychiatrists and other mental health professionals in an area about which most of us know very little."--News For Women In Psychiatry "...remarkable....The book is a wide-ranging survey of the issues that arise when the spirituality of patients becomes a topic of investigation during therapy....The authors write very well, and the book is filled with cou

- Publisher This volume guides therapists and students in exploring the creative and healing possibilities in people's spiritual and religious experience, while countering ways it can do harm. The authors integrate ideas from a range of therapeutic perspectives - as well as wisdom gleaned from over 20 years of work in the field - to help therapists listen and respond when spiritual or religious themes are invoked; ask appropriate questions about beliefs, practices, and communities; and work collaboratively to identify personally meaningful resources for change. Applications are discussed for a wide variety of clinical situations, including helping people resolve relationship problems, manage psychiatric symptoms, and cope with medical illness.

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"While the topic of integrating psychotherapy and spirituality has been widely examined for many years, few texts have provided the detailed theoretical rationale, practical techniques, and case studies found in James and Melissa Griffith'sEncountering the Sacred in Psychotherapy....The authors have a gentle, respectful manner of inviting clients to explore spiritual matters. They view psychotherapy itself as a sacred encounter, assuming that spiritual matters will surface when the practitioner listens with an open heart....This book would be of interest not only to psychotherapists but also to a general audience interested in the intersection of religion, illness, and health....The numerous examples of questions to use in exploring various aspects of spirituality will be of practical value to psychotherapists of various orientations. The many clinical examples interspersed throughout the book are its strength."--Journal of Religion, Disability, and Health "James and Melissa Griffith bring to their material a great deal of experience, clinical skill, and respect for their clients. Numerous case examples demonstrate how the flexibility of their postmodern framework combines well with family systems that would challenge most seasoned clinicians. Through narratives and process selections the reader can understand and follow the rationale for the chosen interventions....this book weaves in skill in assessment and a clear appreciation of the person-in-the-situation in demonstrating a constructivist approach to including religion and spirituality in the therapeutic process. These skills and appreciations enable the authors and the readers to immerse themselves in clients' worlds in a respectful, informed way to help clients determine if and when their beliefs can strengthen their current life."--Clinical Social Work Journal "This book is well structured and easy to read, resourcing psychotherapists with many ingredients, methods and principles to approach talking about the sacred, so as to behospitable to all our guestsin our consulting rooms."--Psychotherapy in Australia "Griffith and Griffith not only enter the realm of the sacred from the world of psychotherapy, but they also bring with them the skills of clinical research to report how this entrance was and can be made. In addition, they provide some of the results of those steps. In their approach they unite classroom and clinic, scholarship and application, research and practice, techniques and respect, self-disclosure and spiritual exploration, secular and sacred, and psychotherapy and spirituality. They use proven research designs and methods to illustrate 'How to Talk with People about Their Spiritual Lives.' All is done with the highest of ethical standards and demonstrations of statistically and clinically proven evidences of how this approach leads to positive results in therapy....The authors set forth concepts whereby spiritual resources can and are utilized to live a life beyond the perils of unavoidable sufferings, diseases, shame, guilt, and/or other medical, emotional, and psychiatric distresses."--American Journal of Pastoral Counseling "Readers are provided with much in-depth information as well as many suggestions for questions and reflections. All material is generously illustrated by case vignettes augmented by personal commentaries."--Journal of Family Psychotherapy "...the current book presents important ideas, pulls together a literature not readily accessible elsewhere, and serves as a useful resource for psychiatrists and other mental health professionals in an area about which most of us know very little."--News For Women In Psychiatry "...remarkable....The book is a wide-ranging survey of the issues that arise when the spirituality of patients becomes a topic of investigation during therapy....The authors write very well, and the book is filled with cou
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This volume guides therapists and students in exploring the creative and healing possibilities in people's spiritual and religious experience, while countering ways it can do harm. The authors integrate ideas from a range of therapeutic perspectives - as well as wisdom gleaned from over 20 years of work in the field - to help therapists listen and respond when spiritual or religious themes are invoked; ask appropriate questions about beliefs, practices, and communities; and work collaboratively to identify personally meaningful resources for change. Applications are discussed for a wide variety of clinical situations, including helping people resolve relationship problems, manage psychiatric symptoms, and cope with medical illness.
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Table Of Contents

  • 1. New Ways Of Hearing Sacred Stories 2. Opening The Door 3. Metaphor And Spirituality 4. Stories Of Spiritual Experience 5. Conversations Between Person And God 6. Spiritual And Religious Beliefs 7. Rituals, Ceremonies, And Spiritual Practices 8. The Community In Spirituality 9. When Spirituality Turns Destructive 10. Living Beyond Medical And Psychiatric Illnesses

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Product Details
  • Catalogue Code 259943
  • Product Code 1572309385
  • EAN 9781572309388
  • Pages 320
  • Department Academic
  • Category Church
  • Sub-Category Care/counselling
  • Publisher Guilford Press
  • Publication Date Jul 2003
  • Dimensions 229 x 152 x 25 mm
  • Weight 0.514kg

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