Counseling and Psychotherapy of Religious Clients: A Developmental Approach

Counseling and Psychotherapy of Religious Clients: A Developmental Approach

by Vicky Genia
     
 

This is a resource for helping professional caregivers respond sensitively and competently to individuals who present religious concerns in counseling and psychotherapy. The need for a guide to psychological treatment is underscored by evidence that the majority of Americans hold strong religious convictions. Genia shows how, regardless of particular religious

Overview

This is a resource for helping professional caregivers respond sensitively and competently to individuals who present religious concerns in counseling and psychotherapy. The need for a guide to psychological treatment is underscored by evidence that the majority of Americans hold strong religious convictions. Genia shows how, regardless of particular religious allegiances, a person's faith normally progresses through five distinct stages over the course of a lifetime. Psychological conflicts may cause developmental aberrations that lead to unhealthy and destructive forms of faith. The book provides psychological profiles of adults who typify each stage and shows how spiritual and psychological problems are inextricably intertwined.

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Booknews
Identifies five stages of spiritual growth and the psychological characteristics typical of people in each stage, emphasizing the importance of childhood experiences in spiritual evolution. A psychological rather than theological approach, designed to help secular therapists and pastoral counselors deal with clients who have gotten stuck in an early stage and are exhibiting unhealthy or destructive forms of faith. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275951078
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/28/1995
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.38(d)
Lexile:
1350L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

VICKY GENIA is a psychologist at the American University Center for Psychological and Learning Services in Washington, D.C. She has written well-received articles on psychospiritual counseling, one of which will be published in Counseling: The Spiritual Dimension (1995).

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