The Zen of Helping: Spiritual Principles for Mindful and Open-Hearted Practice [NOOK Book]

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Written by a therapist and Zen Buddhist practitioner, The Zen of Helping is a guide that deals with the realities of practice, taking professionals beyond familar and formulaic responses, to a practice defined by courage and a sense of calling. Steeped in Zen thought and filled with metaphors, case examples, personal anecdotes, and poems, this book serves as a vehicle for practitioners to understand and embrace uncertainty, and move beyond their doubts, to further develop and share their compassion as a helping ...
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The Zen of Helping: Spiritual Principles for Mindful and Open-Hearted Practice

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Overview

Written by a therapist and Zen Buddhist practitioner, The Zen of Helping is a guide that deals with the realities of practice, taking professionals beyond familar and formulaic responses, to a practice defined by courage and a sense of calling. Steeped in Zen thought and filled with metaphors, case examples, personal anecdotes, and poems, this book serves as a vehicle for practitioners to understand and embrace uncertainty, and move beyond their doubts, to further develop and share their compassion as a helping professional.
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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: 9780470437711
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/24/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 202
  • File size: 379 KB

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. Cando Cando, Edward R.

Foreword Joan Halifax Roshi Roshi, Joan Halifax

1 A Spiritual Helping Framework for Our Clients and Ourselves: Beyond Spiritual Neutrality 1

2 Sitting with Clients on Uncertain Ground: Strong Back, Soft Front: Beyond Evidence-Based Practice 9

3 Radical Acceptance of Clients, Context, and Self: Beyond Carl Rogers' Positive Regard 27

4 Mindfulness: Steadying the Mind and Being Present: Beyond Empathy Skills and Counter-Transference 47

5 Curiosity, Compassionate Caring, and Inspiration: Beyond Professional Warmth 71

6 Bearing Witness to Trauma and Pain: Beyond Clinical Distance 97

7 The Middle Way: Embracing Contradiction and Paradox: Beyond Dualistic Thinking 135

8 Having the Conversation: Making Space for Client Spirituality: Beyond the Great Taboo 153

9 Dealing with Failure: Beyond Cognitive Solutions and the Paradigm of Blame 163

10 Swimming Upstream with a Warrior's Heart: Beyond Working a Human Services Job 175

App Brief Introduction to Buddhism and Zen 185

Reference 191

Index 195

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