Handbook of Spirituality and Worldview in Clinical Practice [NOOK Book]


This refreshing new work is a practical overview of religious and spiritual issues in psychiatric assessment and treatment. Eleven distinguished contributors assert that everyone has a worldview and that these religious and spiritual variables can be collaborative partners of science, bringing critical insight to assessment and healing to treatment.

Unlike other works in this field, which focus primarily on spiritual experience, this clearly written volume focuses on the ...

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This refreshing new work is a practical overview of religious and spiritual issues in psychiatric assessment and treatment. Eleven distinguished contributors assert that everyone has a worldview and that these religious and spiritual variables can be collaborative partners of science, bringing critical insight to assessment and healing to treatment.

Unlike other works in this field, which focus primarily on spiritual experience, this clearly written volume focuses on the cognitive aspects of belief -- and how personal worldview affects the behavior of both patient and clinician. Informative case vignettes and discussions illustrate how assessment, formulation, and treatment principles can be incorporated within different worldviews, including practical clinical information on major faith traditions and on atheist and agnostic worldviews.

The book's four main sections give concise yet comprehensive coverage of varying aspects of worldview: • Conceptual Foundation -- The Introduction explains the significance of worldview and its context in the development of psychiatry; reviews misunderstandings about spirituality and worldview and how they can be resolved in contemporary practice; and discusses Freud's significant influence on psychiatry's approach to religion and spirituality.• Clinical Foundations -- Three chapters review how clinicians can integrate spiritual and religious perspectives in the basic clinical processes of assessment (gathering a religious or spiritual history); diagnosis and case formulation (including religious and spiritual factors); and treatment (including a review of ethical issues).• Patients and Their Traditions -- Six chapters discuss Catholic and Protestant Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, Jews, and secularists (atheists and agnostics), including a brief history, clinical implications of core beliefs, and variations of therapeutic encounters (both where patient and clinician share the same faith and where they do not) for each faith tradition.• Worldview and Culture -- A concluding chapter reviews issues of a global culture where faiths once rarely encountered in North America are increasingly seen in clinical practice.

This well-organized text sheds much-needed light on an area too often obscure to many clinicians, fostering a balanced integration of religion and spirituality in mental health training and practice. Bridging several disciplines in a novel way, this thought-provoking volume will find a diverse audience among mental health care students, educators, and professionals everywhere who seek to better integrate the religious and spiritual aspects of their patients' lives into assessment and treatment.

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Patricia E. Murphy, PhD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This well-integrated book of chapters by different authors provides a solid framework with which to approach a client's spiritual worldview as well as specific information about believers of major religions in North America.
Purpose: Increasingly there is evidence of the relation of religious beliefs or practices to health. This book provides information on spirituality and the individual as a tool for clinicians who face the demand to appreciate and assess the perspectives of persons of diverse spiritual or religious worldviews.
Audience: Although its primary audience is clinicians, the book would serve as an excellent text for those in training.
Features: This book exceeds what you might find in a handbook. An opening chapter places Freud's approach to religion in the framework of the philosophical, scientific, and religious context of his time as well as in the context of Freud's inner dynamics, particularly in relation to his father. Material on spiritual assessment and case formulation incorporates some of the best current thinkers in the field. A thoughtful approach to ethical considerations of addressing spirituality in psychotherapy prepares the reader for chapters discussing beliefs of particular religious traditions and the impact these beliefs could have in clinical settings. The book also addresses the perspective of those who claim to be atheist. A concluding chapter stretches the reader to attend to perspectives of those from non-Western cultures.
Assessment: The clinician who only has limited time would do well to read this book. It does a masterful job of incorporating the best of current work on religion and spirituality in psychiatry. The authors provide balanced material that simply elucidates belief frameworks that might help or harm a client with little of the personal passion that can challenge the objectivity needed for this topic.
The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease

The book is an important step in acknowledging the changing face of psychiatry in America. As psychiatrists (and, indeed, as human beings), we need occasional reminders to ask informed questions and then to listen to the answers. This book provides both the reminder and... the information.

The Scientific and Medical Network Review

This book could not have appeared ten years ago -- it is a tribute to progress in the field of spirituality and health that it appears now.... The volume should enable clinicians to adopt a more sympathetic approach to their patients' worldviews, especially if they differ from their own, but a greater self-awareness on the part of the physician is no less important.

5 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585626977
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/20/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 0.60 (w) x 0.90 (h) x 0.05 (d)
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Allan M. Josephson, M.D., Chief Executive Officer, Bingham Child Guidance Center, Professor and Chief, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, Kentucky

John R. Peteet, M.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Clinical Director, Psychiatry, Adult Psychosocial Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Attending Psychiatrist, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts

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Table of Contents

Contributors. Preface. Part I: Conceptual Foundation. Introduction: definition and significance of a worldview. Part II: Clinical Foundations. Worldview in psychiatric assessment. Worldview in diagnosis and case formulation. Therapeutic implications of worldview. Part III: Patients and Their Traditions. Protestant Christians. Catholic Christians. Jews. Muslims. Hindus and Buddhists. Atheists and agnostics. Part IV: Worldview and Culture. Worldview in global perspective. Index.

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