Rabbinical Counseling

Rabbinical Counseling

by Steven J. Kaplan


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Rabbinical Counseling provides a perspective on mental, emotional, and spiritual healing for the hurting individual. Rabbi Steven Kaplan explores the time-honored tradition of healing within Judaism and the often-revered status of the healer within the Jewish community. Kaplan first explains the foundations of rabbinical counseling before delving into a discussion of specific psychological problems and the therapeutic processes that can be used to address them. The underlying causes and forerunners of these problems are explained and clarified, providing the rabbi with a clear and comprehensible understanding of the nature of what is truly causing distress to the person. The text proceeds to discuss the "God-connection," where a method of developing a new, different, and deeper relationship with God is explained, allowing the individual to bring a new spiritual dimension to his/her life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780765708557
Publisher: Aronson, Jason Inc.
Publication date: 12/08/2011
Pages: 172
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Rabbi Steven J. Kaplan is Rabbi and Director of Chavurat Breslov in Pompano Beach, Florida.

Table of Contents

Rabbinical Counseling
Table of Contents
Part I: Concepts
Chapter 1: What is Rabbinic Counseling?
Chapter 2: Social Interest, Torah, and Hillel
Chapter 3: Personality Theory for Rabbinic Counseling
Chapter 4: Prayer and Emotional Healing
Chapter 5: Understanding Inferiority
Part II: Talking To God as Therapy
Chapter 6: Why Should We Talk To God?
Chapter 7: Where Should We Talk To God?
Chapter 8: How Should We Talk To God?
Chapter 9: What Do We Talk To God About?
Chapter 10: Potential Obstacles in Talking to God
Part III: Psychodynamic Understandings
Chapter 11: The Mind-Body Connection
Chapter 12: Depression: Its Meanings and Uses
Chapter 13: Suicide and Communication
Chapter 14: Guilt Feelings as an Exercise
Chapter 15: Anxiety and Phobias: Two Sides of the Same Coin
Chapter 16: Obsessions and Compulsions
Chapter 17: On Love and Marraige
Chapter 18: Elderly Concerns
Chapter 19: On the Death of a Loved One

Chapter 20: Grief, Bereavement, and Mourning
Chapter 21: Questioning Faith
Chapter 22: Insomnia
Chapter 23: Substance Abuse
Chapter 24: Understanding Schizophrenia
Part IV: Processes
Chapter 25: Goals in Rabbinic Counseling
Chapter 26: The First Meetings
Chapter 27: Feeling Better vs. Getting Better
Chapter 28: What is Transference?
Chapter 29: Dreams and Dream Interpretation
Chapter 30: Early Recollections
Chapter 31: The Lifestyle
Chapter 32: Birth Order Position
Chapter 33: The Placebo Effect in Rabbinic Counseling
Chapter 34: Hypnosis in Rabbinic Counseling
Chapter 35: To Whom Should the Rabbi Refer?
Part V: Life's Paths
Chapter 36: Faith
Chapter 37: Prayer
Chapter 38: Silence
Chapter 39: Joy
Chapter 40: Simplicity
Chapter 41: Peace of Mind
Chapter 42: Patience

Chapter 43: Anger
Chapter 44: Optimism and Hope
Chapter 45: Forgetting
Chapter 46: Self-Confidence
Chapter 47: The Challenge of Marraige
Chapter 48: The Jewish Home
Chapter 49: Work
Chapter 50: Midlife Is No Crisis
Chapter 51: Our Golden Years
Chapter 52: Coping With Illness
Chapter 53: For the Comfort of Mourners
Author Biography

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Dov Forman

This book is a compact course in Jewish spiritual counseling and psychology. It is filled with the wisdom Rabbi Kaplan gleaned through decades of experience that allows him to provide guidance on virtually all of the common issues that are brought to rabbis, as well as the unanticipated non-normative events that can be disheartening or destructive for families. This book represents an advancement in the existing body of literature in the field and should be a desk reference for every rabbi who truly wants to offer spiritual and emotional healing to those whose lives s/he touches.

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