Handbook of Psychotherapy and Religious Diversity

Pages: 518
Item #: 431738A
ISBN: 978-1-55798-624-5
List Price: $39.95
Member/Affiliate Price: $34.95
Copyright: 2000
Format: Hardcover
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A deep appreciation for the diversity of human spirituality informs this carefully crafted volume, which examines over two dozen religious traditions in the context of clinical practice. Knowledge of religious diversity, now considered part of multicultural competency in the mental health professions, is particularly crucial when the client's faith differs from one's own.

This book provides readers with the information needed to increase their competency in working sensitivity with members of each of the major faith communities in North America. Chapter authors, each accomplished clinicians and active in the religions they describe, help the reader understand the unique history, beliefs, rituals, and practices of the religion as well as commonly held views on such issues as divorce, homosexuality, birth control, abortion, suicide, and euthanasia. Within the context of the particular faith, chapter authors describe the therapeutic, focusing on building relationships, assessment and diagnosis, and common clinical issues. By providing therapists with in-depth denominationally specific information and clinical guidelines, this book will help all psychotherapists more fully honor and make use of the unique religious beliefs and spiritual resources of their clients.

Table of Contents




I. Introduction and Overview

  1. Toward Religious and Spiritual Competency for Mental Health Professionals
    —P. Scott Richards and Allen E. Bergin
  2. Religious Diversity in North America
    —Roger R. Keller

II. Christianity

  1. Psychotherapy With Roman Catholics
    —Edward P. Shafranske
  2. Psychotherapy With Eastern Orthodox Christians
    —Tony R. Young
  3. Psychotherapy With Mainline Protestants: Lutheran, Presbyterian, Episcopal/Anglican, and Methodist
    —Michael E. McCullough, Andrew J. Weaver, David B. Larson, and Kimberly R. Aay
  4. Psychotherapy With Evangelical and Fundamentalist Protestants
    —Nancy Stiehler Thuston
  5. Psychotherapy With Pentecostal Protestants
    —Richard D. Dobbins
  6. Psychotherapy With Latter-Day Saints
    —Wendy L. Ulrich, P. Scott Richards, and Allen E. Bergin
  7. Psychotherapy With Seventh-Day Adventists
    —Carole A. Rayburn

III. Judaism

  1. Psychotherapy With Orthodox Jews
    —Aaron Rabinowitz
  2. Psychotherapy With Conservative and Reform Jews
    —Lisa Miller and Robert J. Lovinger

IV. Islam

  1. Psychotherapy With Muslims
    —Zari Hedayat-Diba

V. Eastern Traditions

  1. Psychotherapy With Buddhists
    —Mark Finn and Jeffrey B. Rubin
  2. Psychotherapy With Hindus
    —Anu R. Sharma

VI. Ethnic-Centered Spirituality

  1. Psychotherapy With Members of African American Churches and Spiritual Traditions
    —Donelda A. Cook and Christine Y. Wiley
  2. Psychotherapy With Members of Latino/Latina Religions and Spiritual Traditions
    —María Cecilia Zea, Michael A. Mason, and Alejandro Murguía
  3. Psychotherapy With Members of Asian American Churches and Spiritual Traditions
    —Siang-Yang Tan and Natalie J. Dong
  4. Psychotherapy With Native Americans: A View Into the Role of Religion and Spirituality
    —Alex Trujillo

VII. Afterword

  1. Religious Diversity and Psychotherapy: Conclusions, Recommendations, and Future Directions
    —P. Scott Richards and Allen E. Bergin

Author Index

Subject Index

About the Editors

Editor Bios

P. Scott Richards received his PhD in counseling psychology in 1988 from the University of Minnesota. He was a faculty member at Central Washington University (1988–1990). He has been a faculty member at Brigham Young University since 1990 and is currently an associate professor in the Department of Counseling Psychology and Special Education.

Dr. Richards is coauthor of A Spiritual Strategy for Counseling and Psychotherapy, which was published in 1997 by APA.

He was given the Dissertation of the Year Award in 1990 from Division 5 (Evaluation, Statistics, and Measurement) of the APA for his psychometric investigation of religious bias in moral development research. In 1999, he was awarded the William C. Bier Award from Division 36 (Psychology of Religion) of the APA for an outstanding contribution to findings on religious issues.

He is a licensed psychologist and maintains a private psychotherapy practice at the Center for Change in Orem, Utah.

Allen E. Bergin received his PhD in clinical psychology in 1960 from Stanford University. He was a faculty member at Teachers College, Columbia University (1961–1972) and is professor emeritus of psychology at Brigham Young University (1972–1999) since 1972 where he has served as the director of the Values Institute (1976–1978) and director of the PhD program in clinical psychology (1989–1993).

Dr. Bergin is past president of the Society for Psychotherapy Research and coeditor of the classic Handbook of Psychotherapy and Behavior Change. He is coauthor of A Spiritual Strategy for Counseling and Psychotherapy (1997).

In 1989 he received an Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Knowledge from APA. In 1990, Division 36 (Psychology of Religion) of the APA presented him with the William James Award for Psychology of Religion Research. He has also received the Society for Psychotherapy Research's Distinguished Career Award (1998) and the American Psychiatric Association's Oskar Pfister Award in Psychiatry and Religion (1998).

Dr. Bergin is a licensed psychologist and maintains a small consultation practice.

Reviews & Awards
Handbook of Psychotherapy and Religious Diversity summarizes the core beliefs of Catholics; Protestants; Evangelicals; LDS; Orthodox, Conservative and Reform Jews; Seventh-day Adventists; Muslims; Buddhists and Hindus, as well as those of the "ethnic-centered spirituality" of blacks, Hispanics, Asian Americans and American Indians. It goes a big step further, with authors explaining the unique challenges among adherents within each belief system and suggesting methods for determining the role that faith plays in a person's life.
—Deseret News, May 20, 2000