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1st Edition

Spirituality and Family Therapy

ISBN 9780789019615
Published April 17, 2003 by Routledge
378 Pages

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Book Description

Let spirituality enhance the effectiveness of your marriage and family therapy practice!

The field of marriage and family therapy is starting to acknowledge that spiritual and religious issues are a valuable part of the lives of both clients and therapists. Spirituality and Family Therapy provides you with important information about this growing trend, including guidelines for therapists who are unsure how to integrate spiritual issues into their practice and detailed case studies that reveal how and why faith is a vital part of many clients' lives. Along with these features, you'll also find two unique conversational-style chapters where various authors explore their own beliefs and discuss the role of religion in their lives and careers. Spirituality and Family Therapy will help you understand your own spirituality, and use it as an important resource in your relationships with clients.

In Spirituality and Family Therapy you'll learn about:

  • the links between faith, fathering, and family therapy
  • clinical applications for Christian mediation
  • making altars as a way to help your clients come to terms with loss
  • the ways spirituality helps parents cope with the death of a child
  • ways to integrate the spirituality of the therapist into your work
  • the value of faith in services for Alzheimer's caregivers
  • integration of religion, gender, and spirituality in clinical practice

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • A Conversation About Spirituality in Marriage and Family Therapy: Exploring the Possibilities
  • Spirituality and Theory
  • Spirituality: The Heart of Therapy
  • Spirituality: Lives and Relationship in Family-Therapy Concepts and Practices
  • Spirituality Research
  • Coping with a Child’s Death: Spiritual Issues and Therapeutic Implications
  • Spirituality and Meaning: A Qualitative Inquiry with Caregivers of Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Client’s Perceptions of Marriage and Family Therapists Addressing the Religious and Spiritual Aspects of Clients’ Lives: A Pilot Study
  • The Effect of Spiritual Beliefs and Practices on Family Functioning: A Qualitative Study
  • Spirituality and Ethics
  • A Cultural Trinity: Spirituality, Religion, and Gender in Clinical Practice
  • Addressing Spirituality in Its Clinical Complexities: Its Potential for Healing, Its Potential for Harm
  • Recognizing and Raising Spiritual and Religious Issues in Therapy: Guidelines for the Timid
  • Spirituality and MFT Training
  • The Spiritualities of Therapists’ Lives: Using Therapists’ Spiritual Beliefs as a Resource for Relational Ethics
  • Conversing and Constructing Spirituality in a Postmodern Training Context
  • Spiritual Approaches to Working with Specific Populations
  • Fathering, Faith, and Family Therapy: Generative Narrative Therapy with Religious Fathers
  • The Use of Christian Meditation with Religious Couples: A Collaborative Language Systems Perspective
  • The Treatment of Anxiety Disorders with Devout Christian Clients
  • Altar-Making with Latino Families: A Narrative Therapy Perspective
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included

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