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Exploring the role of spirituality in couple and family relationships, this successful text and practitioner guide illustrates ways to tap spiritual resources for coping, healing, and resilience. Leading experts in family therapy and pastoral care discuss how faith beliefs and practices can foster personal and relational well-being, how religious conflicts or a spiritual void can contribute to distress, and what therapists can gain from reflecting on their own spiritual journeys. Rich with insights for working with multi-faith and culturally diverse clients, the book combines theory, research, and clinical illustrations.
"This volume documents a remarkable transformation in family therapists’ regard for spirituality. It urges clinicians to follow streams of spiritual experience through family belief systems, rituals, and communities, in order to appreciate the rich therapeutic possibilities that spirituality provides. Capturing the diversity of contemporary families, the contributors provide an array of approaches for helping people cope assertively with losses, injustices, and adversities in their lives."-James L. Griffith, MD, Department of Psychiatry, The George Washington University Medical Center
"Distinguished practitioner Froma Walsh and her contributing authors affirm the fundamental place of spirituality in individual, couple, and family therapy. Topics include therapeutic applications related to grieving, forgiveness, and meditation, as well as approaches to working with special populations, such as immigrants and refugees. The book assists therapists to recognize, assess, and appreciate their own and their clients’ spirituality so that spirituality can become a constructive aspect of therapy. Theoretically grounded yet practical, this is essential reading for students and established professionals alike."- Martin W. Rovers, PhD, Faculty of Human Sciences, St. Paul University, Ottawa, Canada
Froma Walsh, MSW, PhD, is the Mose and Sylvia Firestone Professor Emerita in the School of Social Service Administration and the Department of Psychiatry, Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago. She is also Co-Director of the University-affiliated Chicago Center for Family Health and holds an appointment as Clinical Professor at the Center for Applied Psychological and Family Studies at Northwestern University. Dr. Walsh is a past president of the American Family Therapy Academy and past editor of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, and has received many honors for her distinguished contributions and leadership in the field of family therapy, including awards from the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association, the American Family Therapy Academy, the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, the American Orthopsychiatric Association, and the Society for Pastoral Care Research. Widely published, she is a frequent speaker and international consultant on resilience-oriented professional training, practice, and research.
Table of Contents
|Religion, Spirituality, and the Family: Multifaith Perspectives||p. 3|
|Integrating Spirituality in Family Therapy: Wellsprings for Health, Healing, and Resilience||p. 31|
|Spiritual Resources In Families: Tapping The Wellsprings|
|Spirituality, Suffering, and Beliefs: The Soul of Healing with Families||p. 65|
|Spiritual Resources in Family Adaptation to Death and Loss||p. 81|
|Religious Perspectives on Resilience: Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, and Islam||p. 103|
|The Stresses of Poverty and the Comfort of Spirituality|
|Spirituality and Religion: Implications for Psychotherapy with African American Families||p. 141|
|Religion and Spiritual Traditions in Immigrant Families: Significance for Latino Health and Mental Health||p. 156|
|"Honor Your Father and Your Mother": Intergenerational Values and Jewish Tradition||p. 174|
|A Spirituality for Family Living||p. 194|
|Spirituality In Therapeutic Practice|
|Morality and Spirituality in Therapy||p. 215|
|Rituals and Spirituality in Family Therapy||p. 229|
|Meditation and Relational Connectedness: Practices for Couples and Families||p. 247|
|Healing from Relational Trauma: The Quest for Spirituality|
|Healing from Refugee Trauma: The Significance of Spiritual Beliefs, Faith Community, and Faith-Based Services||p. 286|
|Forgiveness and Spirituality: Elements of Healing in Relationships||p. 323|
|Opening Therapy to Conversations with a Personal God||p. 323|
|Stretching to Meet What's Given: Opportunities for a Spiritual Practice||p. 340|
|Hear, and Soul: Experiential Exercise, for Therapists and Clients||p. 359|
|The Therapeutic Benefits of Justice-Seeking Spiritual: Empowerment, Healing, and Hope||p. 379|
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