Pastoral Care of Depression: Helping Clients Heal Their Relationship with God

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This book provides the essential tools needed to transform negative God images in depressed clients!

Pastoral Care of Depression: Helping Clients Heal Their Relationship with God is designed to help clergy and mental health professionals understand how depression negatively affects the way people emotionally experience God and how, through therapy, this hurtful God image can be changed into a much more positive one focused on healing.

In the past, the God image (as well as the essential differentiation between God image and God concept) has been explained in dull, analytic terms that are difficult to understand. This book’s jargon-free language and engaging presentation make it an effective learning tool for students and professionals alike. Inside, you’ll find numerous psychological tests, complete with sample test forms, that identify the God image. These are clearly explained and include all the information needed to take, administer, and interpret them.

Pastoral Care of Depression teaches you to use psychodynamic and cognitive interventions to change a client’s God image, including foundational knowledge and clearly presented techniques to implement in the therapeutic relationship. This comprehensive treatment manual arms you with the most comprehensive array of cognitive interventions published to date, with tens of easy-to-follow techniques designed to tap directly into an individual’s subjective experience of God. Two appendixes give you a sample God Image Automatic Thought Record and Treatment Plan form.

Part I: Depression and the God Image examines:

  • the nature and development of depression
  • symptoms of depression specific to religious people
  • defining a client’s image of God, how it developed, and what it reveals
  • the relationship between self, depression, and God image, and how God images relate to Christian thought
Part II: Changing the God Image addresses:
  • the importance of self-evaluation for therapists and counselors—and how to do it
  • the nature of the therapeutic relationship
  • counseling skills that strengthen the therapeutic relationship
  • how to conduct an God Image Assessment Interview and how to work with what that interview reveals
  • transference, countertransference, cyclical maladaptive patterns, and internalization in psychodynamic psychotherapy
  • appropriate, effective psychodynamic interventions
  • the essentials of cognitive therapy and how it can be utilized to positively affect the God image
  • treatment planning and case conceptualization
  • important ethical issues for consideration
With well-designed test and exercise forms and clear instructions on their use and interpretation, Pastoral Care of Depression provides the essential tools needed to work effectively with this important client group. Make it a part of your professional/teaching collection today!
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What People Are Saying

Brian W. Grant Ph.D
Brian W. Grant, PhD, Lois and Dale Bright Professor of Christian Ministries, Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis
EMINENTLY PRACTICAL. . . . Filled with illustrations and details of intervention techniques. The book has an excellent section on self-administered assessment instruments for God-image the most comprehensive currently in the literature. It draws on resources across a wide range of psychological theories, is easily applicable to a range of pathologies, and will be useable for therapists with theologies anywhere in the Christian spectrum. The book blends a highly scholarly breadth of knowledge of the literature, excellent documentation, and a readable writing style, making it ACCESSIBLE TO PRACTITIONERS OF ANY EXPERIENCE LEVEL, ranging from the psychoanalytically oriented through Rogerians and Gestaltists to cognitive psychologists.
Julie Exline Ph.D
Julie Exline, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Case Western Reserve University
INSIGHTFUL. . . . AN OUTSTANDING RESOURCE for anyone who wants to understand how psychological factors influence a person's image of God. First, Dr. Moriarty skillfully combines ideas from psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral traditions to help readers understand how depressive thinking develops. He then integrates the depression material with research and theory on God images, showing with remarkable clarity how childhood hurts and depressive thought patterns can do great damage to people's perceptions of God. In addition to a sound theoretical base, the book provides practical assessment tools and detailed suggestions for correcting unhealthy God images. I found this book to be tremendously helpful in both conceptual and practical terms, and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT to scholars and clinicians alike.
Louis Hoffman Ph.D
Louis Hoffman, PhD, Dean of Faculty, Colorado School of Professional Psychology
IMPORTANT. . . . This is an impressive and comprehensive book which does not oversimplify difficult concepts while remaining accessible. It is ESSENTIAL READING for all therapists and counselors working with religious individuals.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789023834
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Series: Haworth Series in Chaplaincy
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 262
  • Sales rank: 1,329,385
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Malony, Foreword. Preface. Acknowledgments. PART I: DEPRESSION AND THE GOD IMAGE. Depression and Religious Experience. Discovering the God Image. The God Image: Self, Depression, and Christian Thought. PART II: CHANGING THE GOD IMAGE. The Therapeutic Relationship.God Image Assessment. Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. Cognitive Techniques. Treatment Planning. Epilogue. Appendix. Blank Therapy Forms. References. Index.

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