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The Psychology of Religion and Spirituality for Clinicians: Using Research in Your Practice / Edition 1

The Psychology of Religion and Spirituality for Clinicians: Using Research in Your Practice / Edition 1

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Many therapists and counselors find themselves struggling to connect the research on the psychology of religion and spirituality to their clinical practice. This book will address this issue, providing a valuable resource for clinicians that will help translate basic research findings into useful clinical practice strategies. The editors and chapter authors, all talented and respected scholar-clinicians, offer a practical and functional understanding of the empirical literature on the psychology of religion and spirituality of, while at the same time outlining clinical implications, assessments, and strategies for counseling and psychotherapy. Chapters cover such topics as religious and spiritual identity, its development, and its relationship with one's personality; client God images; spiritually transcendent experiences; forgiveness and reconciliation; and religion and spirituality in couples and families. Each concludes with clinical application questions and suggestions for further reading. This book is a must-read for all those wishing to ground their clinical work in an empirical understanding of the role that religion and spirituality plays in the lives of their clients.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415873437
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 12/22/2011
Pages: 422
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Jamie D. Aten, PhD, is the Dr. Arthur P. Rech and Mrs. Jean May Rech Associate Professor of Psychology and Co-Director of the Humanitarian Disaster Institute at Wheaton College.

Kari A. O’Grady, PhD, is an assistant professor at Loyola University Maryland.

Everett L. Worthington, Jr., PhD, is a professor of psychology at the Virginia Commonwealth University.

Table of Contents

Aten, O’Grady, Worthington, The Psychology of Religion and Spirituality for Clinicians: An Introduction. Desrosiers, Development of Religion and Spirituality across the Lifespan. Wink, Adler, Dillon, Development and Narrative Perspectives on Religious and Spiritual Identity for Clinicians. Hill, Smith, Sandage, Religious and Spiritual Motivations in Clinical Practice. Miller, Worthington, Jr., Connection between Personality and Religion. Moriarty, Davis, Client God Images: Theory, Research, and Clinical Practice. O'Grady, Bartz, Addressing Spiritually Transcendent Experiences in Psychotherapy. Slattery, Park, Religious and Spiritual Beliefs in Psychotherapy: A Meaning Perspective. Murray-Swank, N., Murray-Swank, A., Navigating the Storm: Helping Clients in the Midst of Spiritual Struggles. Krumei, Rosmarin, Processes of Religious and Spiritual Coping. Worthington, Jr., et al, Forgiveness and Reconciliation within the Psychology of Religion. Wiggins, Religion and Spirituality in Couples and Families. Toussaint, Webb, Keltner, Religion, Spirituality, and Mental Health. Masters, Hooker, Impact of Religion and Spirituality on Physical Health. O'Grady, Worthington, Jr., Aten, Bridging the Gap between Research and Practice in the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality.

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