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Spiritual resources in family therapy
Walsh, Froma.
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New York : Guilford Press, [1999]

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xvi, 301 pages ; 24 cm
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RC488.5 .S69 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Spirituality is often regarded as "off-limits" in family therapy training and practice. Some therapists may be wary of influencing clients to adopt their own religious convictions; others, less spiritually oriented, may underestimate the importance of faith in clients' lives. Filling a crucial void, this volume shows how attending to religious and spiritual concerns in therapy can enrich clinical practice and help families tap into powerful resources for healing and change. Leading family therapists address such topics as religious perspectives on suffering and resilience; special concerns of poor, ethnic minority, and immigrant families; spiritual beliefs and experiences that may constrain growth; and the role of family rituals. Broad and pluralistic in scope, the volume invites clinicians to examine their own relationship to spirituality and imparts essential knowledge and skills for working with clients of diverse faiths.

Author Notes

Froma Walsh, MSW, PhD, is a professor in the School of Social Service Administration and the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Chicago. She is also a codirector of the University-affiliated family therapy training institute, the Chicago Center for Family Health. She is the Editor of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy , past president of the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA), recipient of AFTA's Award for Distinguished Contribution to Family Therapy Theory and Practice, and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. She is author of Strengthening Family Resilience and editor or coeditor of Normal Family Processes , Living Beyond Loss , and Women in Families .

Table of Contents

Froma WalshFroma WalshLorraine M. WrightHarry J. AponteNancy Boyd-Franklin and Tonya Walker LockwoodCelia Jaes FalicovSteven J. Wolin and Wayne Muller and Fred Taylor and Sybil WolinMona DeKoven FishbaneHerbert AndersonWilliam J. DohertyMary Jo BarrettMelissa Elliott GriffithRichard C. SchwartzKathy WeingartenJanine RobertsAlice de V. Perry and John S. Rolland
Part I Overview
Chapter 1 Religion and Spirituality: Wellsprings for Healing and Resiliencep. 3
Chapter 2 Opening Family Therapy to Spiritualityp. 28
Part II Spiritual Resources in Families: Tapping into the Wellsprings
Chapter 3 Spirituality, Suffering, and Beliefs: The Soul of Healing with Familiesp. 61
Chapter 4 The Stresses of Poverty and the Comfort of Spiritualityp. 76
Chapter 5 Spirituality and Religion: Implications for Psychotherapy with African American Clients and Familiesp. 90
Chapter 6 Religion and Spiritual Folk Traditions in Immigrant Families: Therapeutic Resources with Latinosp. 104
Chapter 7 Three Spiritual Perspectives on Resilience: Buddhism, Christianity, and Judaismp. 121
Chapter 8 "Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother": Intergenerational Spirituality and Jewish Traditionp. 136
Chapter 9 Feet Planted Firmly in Midair: A Spirituality for Family Livingp. 157
Part III Spirituality and Family Therapy: Bridging the Divide
Chapter 10 Morality and Spirituality in Therapyp. 179
Chapter 11 Healing from Trauma: The Quest for Spiritualityp. 193
Chapter 12 Opening Therapy to Conversations with a Personal Godp. 209
Chapter 13 Releasing the Soul: Psychotherapy as a Spiritual Practicep. 223
Chapter 14 Stretching to Meet What's Given: Opportunities for a Spiritual Practicep. 240
Chapter 15 Heart and Soul: Spirituality, Religion, and Rituals in Family Therapy Trainingp. 256
Chapter 16 Spirituality Expressed in Community Action and Social Justice: A Therapeutic Means to Liberation and Hopep. 272
Indexp. 293