Spiritually Oriented Interventions for Counseling and Psychotherapy

Pages: 368
Item #: 4317258
ISBN: 978-1-4338-0946-0
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Copyright: 2011
Format: Hardcover
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Spirituality and religion influence the way many clients interpret their life experiences. Recognizing this reality, Spiritually Oriented Interventions for Counseling and Psychotherapy offers mental health professionals an in-depth look at how to integrate both Western and Eastern spiritually oriented interventions into clinical practice.

Through a series of carefully selected interventions, the book examines in detail how each can be utilized in an ethically and culturally sensitive manner with a diverse spectrum of clients who wish to address sacred themes in therapy.

Each chapter presents practical strategies and clinical examples of how to successfully implement spiritually oriented interventions into treatment. Relevant theories and research findings are also included.

This book will be a valuable tool for equipping mental health professionals to work with spiritually and religiously diverse clients.

Table of Contents


Spiritually Oriented Interventions: Introducing the Issues
Jamie D. Aten, Mark R. McMinn, and Everett L. Worthington Jr.

I. Foundations and Context

  1. Meaning Making and Spiritually Oriented Interventions
    Jeanne M. Slattery and Crystal L. Park
  2. Value Clarification
    Saba Rasheed Ali, Allison Allmon, and Courtney Cornick
  3. Ethical Guidelines for Using Spiritually Oriented Interventions
    William L. Hathaway
  4. Addressing Problematic Spirituality in Therapy
    Thomas G. Plante
  5. Seeking the Sacred: The Assessment of Spirituality in the Therapy Process
    Nichole A. Murray-Swank and Kenneth I. Pargament

II. Clinical Techniques and Applications

  1. Prayer
    Donald F. Walker and Gary W. Moon
  2. Promoting Forgiveness as a Religious or Spiritual Intervention
    Everett L. Worthington Jr., Don E. Davis, Joshua N. Hook, Andrea J. Miller, Aubrey L. Gartner, and David J. Jennings II
  3. Spirituality and Meditation
    Jean Kristeller
  4. Mindfulness
    Lorne Ladner
  5. Prescribing Yoga to Supplement and Support Psychotherapy
    Vincent G. Valente and Antonio Marotta
  6. Integrating Sacred Writings in Therapy
    Stephen W. Cook, Lance S. Dixon, and Mary A. Fukuyama
  7. Spiritual Journaling
    Marsha I. Wiggins

III. Training Issues and Future Directions

  1. An Experiential Approach for Exploring Spirituality
    Lisa Miller
  2. Spiritually Oriented Interventions: Future Directions in Training and Research
    Mark R. McMinn, Everett L. Worthington Jr., and Jamie D. Aten


About the Editors

Editor Bios

Jamie D. Aten, PhD, is the Dr. Arthur P. Rech and Mrs. Jean May Rech Associate Professor of Psychology at Wheaton College.

He has published numerous journal articles on religious and spiritual issues in counseling and psychotherapy. He is the coeditor of two books, including Spirituality and the Therapeutic Process: A Comprehensive Resource From Intake through Termination, and has two coedited books forthcoming. He has also received over $1.3 million in external funding over the past 5 years, including federal, state, and foundation sources, to study and help faith communities improve their ability to prepare for and respond to disasters.

He also serves as the Newsletter Editor for APA Division 36 (Psychology of Religion).

Dr. Aten was recently awarded the APA Division 36 (Psychology of Religion) Margaret Gorman Early Career Award.

Mark R. McMinn, PhD, is a professor of psychology at George Fox University. He is a diplomate in clinical psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology, a former president of APA's Division 36 (Psychology of Religion), and a fellow of Division 36.

Dr. McMinn is the author, coauthor, or coeditor of 13 books and is featured in an APA psychotherapy DVD on Christian counseling. He has authored or coauthored more than 140 chapters, journal articles, or magazine articles, many of them pertaining to the psychology of religion and faith-based interventions.

Everett L. Worthington Jr., PhD, is a professor of psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia's largest state university. He is currently President of APA's Division 36 (Psychology of Religion).

Dr. Worthington has studied the psychology of religion and spirituality (within a variety of religious traditions), forgiveness, and marriage within basic and applied research and published numerous books, articles, and chapters.

His interventions include both Christian and secular versions of the hope-focused approach (marriage enrichment and therapy) and forgiveness (Forgiveness and Reconciliation through Experiencing Empathy [FREE] program; REACH forgiveness program). As former executive director of A Campaign for Forgiveness Research, he was involved in promoting research into forgiveness of others.