Reverence in the Healing Process: Honoring Strengths without Trivializing Suffering

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Reverence is defined as a sense of awe or profound respect for the person. It has become increasing rare in modern culture, not only in health care, but in education and in corporations, where people are too often treated in a dehumanizing way. This groundbreaking book is the most comprehensive volume to-date that explores in depth the concept of reverence and strengths-based approaches in the psychotherapy healing process as manifested in a wide variety of treatment modalities such as child and play therapy, family therapy, therapeutic assessments, and in training programs. Applications in head start programs and group homes, with both juvenile offenders and traumatized children, are covered in individual chapters along with using a strengths-based, reverent approach with providers.

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Editorial Reviews

Sandra L. Bloom
Since the 1980s, the emphasis in healthcare and mental health care has been on managing benefits and productivity rather than on what used to be called the “art” of medicine. Reverence in the Healing Process offers a necessary corrective for that harsh reality. The basic concept that guides every chapter in this multi-authored book is a deep and abiding respect for all life that is so often absent in the mad search for ever-increasing profits at the expense of people’s lives. Editor Crenshaw and his colleagues take a strengths-based approach to the children, adults, and families they seek to help. But in doing so, they do not pretend that the tragic experiences of life are innocuous events that people should just bounce back from. Their work honors the suffering that is the lot of so many, while revering the human ability to overcome adversity, even against great odds.
Eric J. Green
Crenshaw delivers again. This time, the goods are vaunted distinctions that we as clinicians must make along the delicate lines of being reverential and honoring transformation as we witness healing in the consulting room. Moreover, this book presents a depth of knowledge in the strengths-based approaches to psychotherapy, replete with the poetry of John O' Donohue to the mythology of Jung. Highly recommended for those who practice from or want to ascribe to the Wellness Model.
JoAnna White
In this book, David Crenshaw and his contributors highlight mindful therapy that honors the spirit of each child and adolescent, as well as the adults in their worlds. The book is a gentle, thoughtful reminder of the true essence of therapy, respect for each individual's unique capacity for healing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765706584
  • Publisher: Aronson, Jason Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/25/2009
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,329,059
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

David A. Crenshaw is director and founder of the Rhinebeck Child and Family Center, LLC, a private practice serving children and families, but also providing training and consultation to agencies serving at-risk children. He is past president of the New York Association for Play Therapy.

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Table of Contents

1 Table of Contents 2 Acknowledgments Part 3 I. Introduction and Overview of Reverence in Healing Chapter 4 1. The Concept of Reverence in the Healing Process Chapter 5 2. The Power of Mindsets: A Personal Journey to Nurture Dignity, Hope, and Resilience in Children Chapter 6 3. Reverence for Spirituality in the Healing Process Chapter 7 4. Reverencing the Many Faces of Each Part 8 II. Reverence for Healing in Psychotherapy Chapter 9 5. Resiliency-Based Approaches and the Healing Process in Play Therapy Chapter 10 6. A Strengths-Based Approach to Dynamically Oriented Child Psychotherapy Chapter 11 7.Overcoming All Odds: Helping Young Men Find Their Strengths Chapter 12 8. Revering the Suffering and Strengths of Adolescent Girls Chapter 13 9. Strengths-Based Approach to Trauma Treatment with Children Chapter 14 10. A Competence Approach to Therapy with Families with Multiple Problems Chapter 15 11. Strengths-Based Approaches with Adolescents and Families of Color Chapter 16 12. Resilience among Children and Families in the Midst of Trauma and Change Part 17 III. Strengths-Based Applications in Assessment, Training, and Treatment Collaboration Chapter 18 13. Strengths-Based Therapeutic Assessments of Families Chapter 19 14. Developing a Focus on Mental Health in the Head Start Classroom Chapter 20 15. What's "Good for the Goose": The Strengths-Based Approach with Providers Chapter 21 16. Strengths-Based Healing with Youth in Juvenile Detention Chapter 22 17. A Home of Healing and Reverence Chapter 23 18. The Use of Positive Ethics in the Supervision of Doctoral Psychology Interns Chapter 24 Epilogue: Reverence for Healers 25 Index 26 About the Contributors

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2013

    A very thought-provoking and illuminating book.    (The previous

    A very thought-provoking and illuminating book.    (The previous "reviewer" was obviously a hooligan who only wanted to damage and deface.  Actions and behavior like this devalues and destroys the whole customer reviewing process.  Shameful, and I mean to report that review).

    My review of this book, a real one, although brief:

    The basic theme, that there is a significant negative impact on of the "pathology ideology" in the broad mental health field and that recognition of strengths/resilience/hardiness is incredibly important, if not more important in balance, is what came through compellingly.  That said, I did not find all the essays equally illuminating.   Some (more of the early ones in the collection) suffered from too much "academic referentialism," which tended to obscure the presentation with overly-numerous references to prior published work in the field, and too little straight-ahead explanation illustrated by cases.

    But there were quite a few essays where the balance was much more effective, at least to this reader.  Some of the more vivid examples and effective explanation of the strengths-based approach that stood out and were most vivid to me : the story of Ann, who lost several family members when young and overcame that, in the essay by Megan Barbera, Nancy Tsoubris, and Donna Zulch; the story of Patty and her mom, told by Steven Tuber;  the story of Billy and the bird houses, told by Robert Brooks,  the story of Michael and "the Lost and Found Story," told in the essay by John Seymour.  Other cases and the essays on which they were focused were interesting but seemed less clearly connected by the author to the principles being developed in this collection.  One such, which I found compelling on its own, was story of Randolph and his father, told by Gregory Barker in his essay - but the integration with the individual's strengths per se were not as clear.  Instead it came across as a vivid case of re-introducing missing coming-of-age ritual between fathers and sons.

    Some of the cases had truly horrific details, such as the stories of Charles and Samantha in the essay by Sueann G. Kenney-Noziska, and were hard to read - but very effective in illustrating the effectiveness of the approach.

    If there is a future edition, I would recommend a division into two books, with Book 1 comprised of the appropriate essays from Part 1 and all of Part 2, and Book 2 collecting the more divergent/ "institutional"/ancillary material of the latter essays.  I think an expanded Book 1, collecting the original essays and more like them - or maybe a new book by some or all of the contributors  - would be accessible to a wider audience than otherwise might have been reached by this collection.

    A final thought:  Nassim Taleb, author of the recent best-seller, ANTI-FRAGILE, would have benefited from reading this collection - and I would recommend reading this collection, especially Part 2 and some of Part 2, to anyone (such as myself) interested in this common theme.  The understanding of resilience/hardiness/pro-adaptive/anti-fragile in biological systems, including obviously in psychology, is advancing in more fields, and through the work of more thinkers, than Taleb realizes.  And, if he had read this collection first, before writing his book, he may have had a slightly different (and less of a statistician's) understanding of where that resilient/hardy/pro-adaptive/anti-fragile power comes from. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013


    Did not like it at all /:(. This f***ing book stupid

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