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Mindfulness and the Therapeutic Relationship
     

Mindfulness and the Therapeutic Relationship

by Steven F. Hick, Thomas Bien, Zindel V. Segal
 

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A number of books have explored the ways psychotherapy clients can benefit from learning and practicing mindfulness. This is the first volume to focus specifically on how mindfulness can deepen the therapeutic relationship. Grounded in research, chapters demonstrate how therapists' own mindfulness practice can help them to listen more attentively and be more fully

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A number of books have explored the ways psychotherapy clients can benefit from learning and practicing mindfulness. This is the first volume to focus specifically on how mindfulness can deepen the therapeutic relationship. Grounded in research, chapters demonstrate how therapists' own mindfulness practice can help them to listen more attentively and be more fully present. Leading proponents of different treatment approaches—including behavioral, psychodynamic, and family systems perspectives—illustrate a variety of ways that mindfulness principles can complement standard techniques and improve outcomes by strengthening the connection between therapist and client. Also presented are practical strategies for integrating mindfulness into clinical training.

Editorial Reviews

Journal of Contemporary Social Services

"This book provides direction for the application of and research on the use of mindfulness in clinical care....The authors' focus on the relationship between client and clinician spirituality is an important new direction for the literature....This book would be a nice addition to anyone's professional library who is interested in using spiritual practices to inform the provision of clinical care."
Journal of Psychosomatic Research
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Journal of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy

"The book's interest lies not in the gradual unfolding of a complex line of argument but rather in an exploration of how these fairly straightforward propositions might play out in the hands of experienced and creative therapists, working in different contexts and with differing models of psychotherapy....I enjoyed this book....Fascinating, with much food for thought. The authors and editors have illuminated an area ripe for investigation and one that richly deserves research, as they almost universally recognize."
From the Publisher

"Mindfulness and the Therapeutic Relationship serves us well as a required book in the Adult Psychotherapy concentration at the doctoral level. We teach and practice mindfulness at this level because it fosters presence, attention, and empathy in therapy, and also supports students' well-being as they go through graduate school. The book anchors the practice, illuminates it with theoretical understanding, and fosters cognitive flexibility. The topic and multiple viewpoints fit the needs of the class, and at an affordable price, too."--Alex Suarez, PhD, Core Faculty, School of Applied Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy, Antioch University Seattle
 
"Mindfulness is not an esoteric topic relevant only to a few therapists/m-/it is a process that profoundly changes how we think about the nature and goals of therapeutic work itself. No recent book shows that more than this one, which illuminates the social nature of consciousness and carefully lays out the implications of mindfulness for compassion, connection, and relationship. We have long known that a powerful therapeutic relationship is a key to success in therapy. This book begins to show how we can use ancient wisdom to cultivate that relationship."--Steven C. Hayes, PhD, Nevada Foundation Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno
 
"Mindfulness and psychotherapy have quite naturally found each other in ways that allow both patients and therapists to reap the benefits of embedding awareness practices within a traditional therapeutic frame. In this important volume, Steven Hick, Thomas Bien, and their contributors embark on a much-needed discussion of the contours of this emerging synthesis, through a multifaceted examination of the connection between the therapeutic relationship and mindfulness practice....The beauty of this book is that it allows the reader to look at the space between these two sources and see how a bridge between them, perhaps a trestle at first, is starting to be built."--from the Foreword by Zindel V. Segal, PhD, Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Canada

"This fascinating, clinically fertile, and wide-ranging work illuminates and interweaves what may well be the two most significant themes in contemporary psychotherapy: the 'discovery' that therapy is a process of transformation through relationship and the introduction into clinical work of a 2500-year-old tradition of mindful awareness. Exactly how these developments may be integrated is the question addressed by the contributors to this scholarly yet accessible volume. Their responses are by turns practical, thought provoking, and inspiring. Mindfulness and the Therapeutic Relationship will doubtless prove a valued resource for novice and seasoned clinicians alike."--David J. Wallin, PhD, private practice, Mill Valley and Albany, California

"Hick and Bien present a timely discussion at the intersection of two topics that have recently captured much-deserved attention in the psychotherapy field. Leading scholars from diverse orientations address mindfulness and the therapeutic relationship with regard to issues of definition, measurement, treatment, and training. The result is a significant contribution to the literature--one that will be greatly appreciated by clinical practitioners, researchers, graduate students, and instructors."--J. Christopher Muran, PhD, Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Adelphi University, and Psychotherapy Research Program, Beth Israel Medical Center

Social Service Review

"This may come to be seen as a groundbreaking text. In it, contributions from the fields of psychology, addictions, family therapy, and social work highlight the primary, integrative role that the authors believe mindfulness plays in the development of the therapeutic relationship and, thus, in the efficacy of therapy....I found the book powerful....I hope social work will thoughtfully consider the value and place of a practice as potentially radical as mindfulness. Hick and Bien do a great service in laying the foundation for that exploration."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781606235751
Publisher:
Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
07/14/2008
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
File size:
3 MB

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Meet the Author

Steven F. Hick, PhD, RSW, is Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, where he teaches in the areas of mindfulness, human rights practice, social worker formation, and community development. The author or editor of a number of books, including the leading social work text in Canada, Dr. Hick is at the forefront in the use of mindfulness in social work practice, and has recently begun research on mindfulness. He is cofounder of War Child Canada, a nonprofit organization that helps children affected by war.

Thomas Bien, PhD, is a psychologist in private practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he teaches mindfulness and meditation. The author or coauthor of several books on mindfulness, Dr. Bien conducts national and international presentations, and has played an influential role in integrating mindfulness into the practice of psychotherapy.

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