The Role of Religion in Marriage and Family Counseling


Religion can play a vital role in the way people relate to each other, particularly within a family. The Role of Religion in Marriage and Family Counseling provides an overview of the principles of the major world religions and the many ways that religion can impact the family dynamic. Onedera and her colleagues address how each religion influences traditional roles within marriage and family, child bearing and rearing, abortion, divorce, homosexuality, death and dying. Also discussed are specific clinical issues, such as the role of forgiveness, interfaith marriages, and the practitioner's own religion in therapy, making this volume an effective and valuable resource.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781135917722
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/19/2007
  • Series: Family Therapy and Counseling Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eTextbook
  • Pages: 304
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Jill D. Onedera, Ph.D., MFT, is a counselor educator at Western Kentucky University, in the Department of Counseling and Student Affairs, in the Marriage and Family track, and Marriage and Family Therapy Associate, Life Skills Inc.

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Table of Contents

The Editor     xi
Contributors     xiii
Series Editor's Foreword     xix
Acknowledgments     xxi
Editor's Note     xxiii
A Tribute     xxv
The Opening Dialogue: Identifying the Holy Elephant in the Counseling Room
Introduction to Religion and Marriage and Family Counseling   Jill D. Onedera   Bill C. Greenwalt     3
The Effects of a Therapist's Religion on the Marriage Therapist and Marriage Counseling   Everett L. Worthington   Joshua N. Hook   Nathaniel G. Wade   Andrea J. Miller   Constance B. Sharp     17
Religious Context Within Marriage and Family Counseling
The Practice of Marriage and Family Counseling and Catholicism   Jill D. Onedera     37
The Practice of Marriage and Family Counseling and Conservative Christianity   Daniel W. Zink     55
The Practice of Marriage and Family Counseling and Liberal Protestant Christianity   Carol J. Cook     73
The Practice of Marriage and Family Counseling and Islam   Belkeis Altareb     89
The Practice of Marriage and Family Counseling and Buddhism   Jhampa Shaneman     105
The Practice of Marriage and Family Counseling and Hinduism   Jayamala Madathil   Daya SinghSandhu     119
The Practice of Marriage and Family Counseling and Judaism   Elliot N. Dorff     135
The Practice of Marriage and Family Counseling and Native Religions   Gord Bruyere     153
The Practice of Marriage and Family Counseling and Humanism   David R. Koepsell   Denise Mercurio-Riley     165
Religion and Relationships
Benefits of Religion on Recovery From Relationship Problems   Anthony J. Centore   Tim Clinton     181
The Role of Forgiveness in Religious Life and Within Marriage and Family Relationships   Virginia Todd Holeman     197
Inter-Religion Marriages   Tracy M. Lara   Jill D. Onedera     213
Religion and the Counselor
Ethnicity: Religious Practice and Marriage and Family Counseling Implications   Richard Deaner   Kara Pechersky   John McFadden     229
Collaboration Between Licensed Mental Health Professionals and Religious Leaders   Jill D. Onedera   Neresa Minatrea   Aaron Kindsvatter     245
Incorporating Religion Within Marriage and Family Counseling Programs   Jill D. Onedera     261
Index     275

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