Integrative Body-Mind-Spirit Social Work: An Empirically Based Approach to Assessment and Treatment

Integrative Body-Mind-Spirit Social Work: An Empirically Based Approach to Assessment and Treatment

by Mo Yee Lee, Siu-Man Ng, Pamela Pui Yu Leung, Cecilia Lai Wan Chan
     
 

In recent years, interest in non-Western curative techniques among Americans has grown by leaps and bounds. Integrative Body-Mind-Spirit Social Work is the first book to strongly connect Western therapeutic techniques with Eastern philosophy and practices, while also providing a comprehensive and pragmatic agenda for social work, and mental health professionals.

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Overview

In recent years, interest in non-Western curative techniques among Americans has grown by leaps and bounds. Integrative Body-Mind-Spirit Social Work is the first book to strongly connect Western therapeutic techniques with Eastern philosophy and practices, while also providing a comprehensive and pragmatic agenda for social work, and mental health professionals. This breakthrough text, written by a cast of highly regarded researchers from both Asia and America, presents a holistic, therapeutic approach that ties Eastern philosophy and practical techniques to Western forms of therapy in order to help bring about positive, transformative changes in individuals and families.

Integrative therapy focuses on the mind-body-spirit relationship, recognizes spirituality as a fundamental domain of human existence, acknowledges and utilizes the mind's power as well as the body's, and reaches beyond self-actualization or symptom reduction to broaden a perception of self that connects individuals to a larger sense of themselves and to their communities. Here, the authors provide a pragmatic, step-by-step description of assessment and treatment techniques that employ an integrative, holistic perspective. They begin by establishing the conceptual framework of integrative body-mind-spirit social work, then expertly describe, step-by-step, assessment and treatment techniques that utilize integrative and holistic perspectives. Several case studies demonstrate the approach in action, such as one with breast cancer patients who participated in body-mind-spirit and social support groups and another in which trauma survivors used meditation to get onto a path of healing. These examples provide solid empirical evidence that integrative body-mind-spirit social work is indeed a practical therapeutic approach in bringing about tangible changes in clients. The authors also discuss ethical issues and give tips for learning integrative body-mind-spirit social work.

Professionals in social work, psychology, counseling, and nursing, as well as graduate students in courses on integral, alternative, or complementary clinical practice will find this a much-needed resource that complements the growing interest in alternatives to traditional Western psychotherapy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195301021
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/25/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
688,111
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 3.50(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by Edward R. Canda
Introduction: The Coming of Integrative Body-Mind-Spirit Social Work
Part I: A Theoretical and Practice Framework of Integrative Body-Mind-Spirit Social Work
1. The Philosophical Underpinnings of Integrative Body-Mind-Spirit Social Work: Holistic Wellness and the Beauty of Harmony
2. Assumptions of Integrative Body-Mind-Spirit Social Work Regarding Change
Part II: Elements of Integrative Body-Mind-Spirit Social Work
3. Systemic Assessment: Everything is Connected
4. Formulating a Treatment Plan: A Multidimensional Approach
5. The Power of the Mind: Moving Beyond Cognition and Problem Resolution
6. Nurturing the Body for Balance and Tranquility
7. From the Body to the Mind and Spirit (by Rainbow T. H. Ho)
8. Spiritual Growth and Transformation: Expanding Life's Horizons
9. Centering the Self: Personal Growth and Transformation
Part III: Applications and Treatment Effectiveness
10. The Efficacy of the Integrative Body-Mind-Spirit Group and Social Support Group on Female Breast Cancer Patients (by Rainbow T. H. Ho, Cecilia L. W. Chan)
11. Improving the Quality of Life and Psychological Well-Being of Patients with Colorectal Cancer (by Antoinette M. Lee, Cecilia L.W. Chan, Andy H.Y. Ho, Clarissa N. Wang, Venus Y.H. Tang, Stephanie S.M. Lau, Pamela P.Y. Leung, Y. T. Fu, T. K. Yau, and Judy W.C. Ho)
12. Instilling Hope: The Efficacy of Integrative Body-Mind-Spirit Group Treatment for Taiwanese Female Patients with Depressive Disorders (by Fei-Hsiu Hsiao)
13. Integrative Body-Mind-Spirit Approach to Enhance Women's Well-Being (by Siu-Man Ng and Elaine Y. L. Tsui)
14. Meditation and Treatment of Trauma Survivors (by Mo Yee Lee, Amy Zaharlick, Deborah Akers)
Part IV:Learning and Using Integrative Body-Mind-Spirit Social Work in Practice
15. Ethics and Integrative Body-Mind-Spirit Social Work
16. Learning Integrative Body-Mind-Spirit Social Work
Appendix I: Additional Information on Yin-Yang Perspective, Buddhism, and Daoism
Appendix II: Internet resources
References
Index

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