ISBN-10:
047033309X
ISBN-13:
9780470333099
Pub. Date:
08/18/2008
Publisher:
Wiley
The Zen of Helping: Spiritual Principles for Mindful and Open-Hearted Practice / Edition 1

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

by Andrew Bein
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ISBN-13: 9780470333099
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 08/18/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 681,819
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About 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.Canada, PhD ix

Foreword Joan Halifax Roshi, PhD xiii

Preface xv

Acknowledgments xxi

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

Appendix Brief Introduction to Buddhism and Zen 185

References 191

Index 195

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"Andrew Bein’s The Zen of Helping provides awonderfully insightful, compassionate, and practical resource. Fewpublications provide the helping professional with guidance on howto develop the presence, nonjudgmental acceptance, compassion, andconnection that are at the heart of helping relationships. Dr. Beinfills this gap in a compelling volume that reflects his extensiveexperience as a teacher and helping professional, combined with hisdeep grounding in Zen practice, and his compassionate caring inresponse to human suffering. I highly recommend this book."
—Alfred W. Kaszniak, Ph.D., University of Arizona, Head,Department of Psychology, Professor of Psychology, Neurology, &Psychiatry

"Through the gathering of wisdom of his teachers, the insightsof his own clinical experience, and the deep spiritual explorationof his own personal journey, Dr. Bein has created a remarkableroadmap of "pointing instructions" and guidance through thecomplexities of our hearts and minds for all of us in the healingprofessions. His book is valuable tool for anyone engaged in thework of healing the suffering of others, and the work of healingthe suffering of one's self."
—Larry Yang, LCSW, Guiding Dharma Teacher, East BayMeditation Center, Oakland, CA

"The Zen of Helping offers spiritual principles andpractice wisdom in a profound yet delightfully readable manner.While grounded in Zen thought, concepts are presented in aframework accessible and acceptable to helping professionals fromdiverse spiritual traditions. Readers will find guidance forself-care as well as for effective practice in this deep andthoughtful book. This book makes a significant contribution to theliterature on spirituality and counseling practice."
—Ann W. Nichols, PhD, Arizona State University, School ofSocial Work and Director, Society for Spirituality and SocialWork

"The Zen of Helping is a must-read, must-have book foranyone who is serious about helping those in need of care,understanding, and comfort. It is relevant across the spectrum fromthe novice student to the experienced therapist. Detailed caseexamples and personal narratives breathe life into this nuanced andrevealing, well-crafted, multi-dimensional book."
—Shauna L. Smith, MSW, MFT, co-founder, Therapists for SocialResponsibility

"I have read the book with great heart and joy. It is sowell-written, original, clear, helpful, and wise. I think this bookwill be an invaluable contribution, not only to social work, butmany other disciplines."
—Joan Halifax Roshi, Ph.D., Upaya Zen Center

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