Shared Grace: Therapists and Clergy Working Together / Edition 1

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Learn how theology and psychology can work together to provide effective therapy!

Shared Grace provides a framework within which mental health professionals and clergy can work together to provide people in need with appropriate psychological services and spiritual interventions. Breaking down the walls between psychology and religion, this guide offers you proven and tried methods and models from the authors’collaborative work. Comprehensive and intelligent, this vital book will help therapists incorporate a spiritual dimension to their sessions and give patients successful and effective services.

Shared Grace is also a book about the healing power of love. It is the very personal, intense account of the authors’ work to help a woman who suffered from dissociative identity disorder heal from the effects of her childhood abuse. Through this poignant story, you’ll find that adding a spiritual dimension into psychotherapy brings increased richness and depth to the therapeutic process. Step-by-step practical suggestions for collaboration between therapist and clergy are included.

Issues brought to light in Shared Grace include:

  • transforming damaged and dysfunctional images of God
  • the establishment of support systems within the religious community
  • the use of guided imagery
  • the creation of healthy rituals and ceremonies

    Shared Grace will help therapists and clergy alike and enable each to obtain the support, education, and training to make interdisciplinary collaboration successful.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789011107
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 238
  • Sales rank: 1,517,399
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents


  • Acknowledgments
  • Chapter 1. Our Story: Beginnings
  • Introduction
  • Basic Terms
  • Basic Clinical and Spiritual Premises
  • Teresa's Story
  • Our Collaboration Begins
  • Chapter 2. Healing the Effects of Severe Childhood Abuse
  • Basic Assumptions About Therapy
  • Effects of Severe Childhood Abuse
  • Goals of Treatment
  • Chapter 3. The Benevolence Model
  • Principle One: God Is Love
  • Principle Two: God Loves Us
  • Principle Three: God's Love is Unconditional
  • Principle Four: God's Forgiveness Is Always Available to Us
  • Principle Five: We Are Called to Love God, Ourselves, and Others
  • Principle Six: We Were Created to Be in Relationship with One Another
  • Chapter 4. Implementation of the Benevolence Model I: Transforming Images and Experience
  • Healing Images of God
  • Transforming Experience
  • Chapter 5. Implementation of the Benevolence Model II: Healing Through Relationship
  • Extending Divine Love into the World
  • Holy Regard
  • Transforming Power of Love
  • Chapter 6. Working Together: Guidelines for Therapist/Clergy Collaboration
  • Types of Collaboration
  • Benefits of Collaboration
  • Guidelines for Therapists
  • Guidelines for Clergy
  • Overcoming Obstacles to Collaboration
  • Chapter 7. Establishment of Support Groups
  • Benefits of the Support Group
  • Guidelines for Establishing Support Groups
  • Guidelines for Support Group Members
  • Pitfalls to Avoid
  • Chapter 8. Healing Interventions
  • Metaphors
  • Imagery
  • Stories and Parables
  • Rituals and Ceremonies
  • Chapter 9. Therapists and Clergy Growing Together
  • Steven
  • Susan
  • Marion
  • Appendix A: Teresa's Personality Structure
  • Appendix B: Resources for Therapists
  • Appendix C: Resources for Clergy
  • Appendix D: Resources for Support Group Members
  • Appendix E: Resources for Survivors
  • Appendix F: Resources Guided Imagery
  • References
  • Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2000

    The Healing Power of Love

    As an experienced psychologist working from a collaborative framework with eating and dissociative disorders, I was delighted to find Shared Grace. It has a wealth of information and makes a unique contribution to understanding several aspects of healing. The book describes two parallel journeys. From the beginning, we are introduced to Teresa, a woman who has endured a life of incredible sadism, abuse, neglect, hatred and pain. To cope with her suffering, she has developed DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder,) formerly known as MPD (Multiple Personality Disorder). Developing many 'parts' of herself has allowed her to cope, protect herself and survive a life of horrifying abuse. Her complex healing journey is one centerpiece of the book. Parallel and interwoven with Teresa's story, is the story professional collaboration between Dr. Marion Billich, a Jewish psychologist, Steven Carlson, a Christian minister and Susan Bonfiglio, a social worker. Together, these three special human beings developed a collaborative approach in working with her towards healing. Based on their shared belief that the core of healing is developing the capacity to love, they help Teresa deepen her spiritual relationship to each of them, God and the universe. They grow with Teresa and from their work with one another Shared Grace presesnts a broad theoretical framework for understanding the importance of spirituality and love as the basic ingredients of healing. The authors draw from religious, spiritual and therapeutic experts. The book is especially useful in several ways. In one chapter, it offers hands-on, concrete suggestions regarding creating a collaborative professional relationship. In another chapter, the authors delineate a wide variety of techniques that bridge the gap between psychotherapy and spirituality and are appropriate for therapist, minister or both. When I finished reading the book, I was reminded of the closing line from the film Shindler's List, 'If you save the one life, you save the world.' If Teresa's story is a testament to the resiliency of the human spirit, the story of Bilich, Bonfiglio and Carlson is a testament to the power of collaboration. As a psychologist with years of collaborative experience, I learned a lot. Shared Grace is a book I will turn to over and over--it is inspiring, uplifting and educative.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2000

    What an uplifting book!

    I just finished reading the book at my sister's house, and I went online to purchase it right away. Their story about the woman with mulitple personalities and how she was helped by the collaboration between her therapist and her pastor was so moving. I felt like I got to know the people involved. This is truly a book about the healing power of love.

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