The Zen of Helping: Spiritual Principles for Mindful and Open-Hearted Practice / Edition 1

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Overview

Bring compassion, self-awareness, radical acceptance, practitioner presence, and caring to the relationships you have with you patients by utilizing the advice in The Zen of Helping: Spiritual Principles for Mindful and Open-Hearted Practice. As a mental health professional, you will appreciate the vivid metaphors, case examples, personal anecdotes, quotes and poems in this book and use them as a spiritual foundation for your professional practice. Connect Zen Buddhism with your human service and address issues like dealing with your own responses to your client’s trauma and pain.

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"….aims to guide workers dealing with difficult clients with wrenching problems." (The Sacramento Bee, 9/14/08)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470333099
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/18/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 202
  • Sales rank: 651,919
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Bein, PhD, LCSW, has twenty-three years of experience as a clinician, consultant trainer, and researcher. His professional experience includes work in child welfare, public schools/special education, youth programs, multiservice centers, substance abuse, and private practice. Dr. Bein has been a Zen student for ten years and is a Full Professor with the Division of Social Work at California State University, Sacramento.

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Table of Contents

Foreword (Edward R. Canda, PhD).

Foreword (Joan Halifax Roshi, PhD).

Preface.

Acknowledgements.

1. A Spiritual Framework for Our Clients and Ourselves (Beyond Spiritual Neutrality).

2. Sitting with Clients on Uncertain Ground: Strong Back, Soft Front (Beyond Evidence-Based Practice).

3. Radical Acceptance of Clients, Context and Self (Beyond Carl Rogers' Positive Regard).

4. Mindfulness: Steadying the Mind and Being Present (Beyond Empathy Skills and Counter-Transference).

5. Curiosity, Compassionate Caring, and Inspiration (Beyond Professional Warmth).

6. Bearing Witness to Trauma and Pain (Beyond Clinical Distance).

7. The Middle Way: Embracing Contradiction and Paradox (Beyond Dualistic Thinking).

8. Having the Conversation: Making Space for Client Spirituality (Beyond the Great Taboo).

9. Dealing with Failure (Beyond Cognitive Solutions and the Paradigm of Blame).

10. Swimming Upstream with a Warrior's Heart (Beyond Working a Human Services Job).

Appendix: Brief Introduction to Buddhism and Zen.

References.

Index.

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