The Psychospiritual Clinician's Handbook: Alternative Methods for Understanding and Treating Mental Disorders

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Psychology Press, 2005 - Medical - 372 pages
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Learn to treat a variety of diagnostic disorders through various psychospiritual treatment models!

Increasing numbers of people are moving beyond psychological therapy to seek alternative spiritual perspectives to medical and mental health care such as yoga and meditation. The Psychospiritual Clinician's Handbook: Alternative Methods for Understanding and Treating Mental Disorders provides the latest theoretical perspectives and practical applications by recognized experts in positive and integrative psychotherapy. Leading clinicians examine and re-examine their therapeutic worldviews and attitudes to focus on the right problems to solve—for the whole person.

This essential Handbook is a window on the quiet revolution now sweeping the field of psychology, that of locating the whole human being in the center of the therapeutic process. The Psychospiritual Clinician's Handbook: Alternative Methods for Understanding and Treating Mental Disorders helps you effectively treat the whole person by providing a practical introduction to some of the worldviews and most effective practices like yoga, meditation, and humanological therapy used by psychospiritually oriented therapists. Helpful illustrations of body positions used in yoga and meditation plus photographs, tables, figures, and detailed case studies illustrate the process.

The Psychospiritual Clinician's Handbook: Alternative Methods for Understanding and Treating Mental Disorders will show you:
  • the importance of a therapist's worldview for effective therapeutic outcome
  • new perspectives on alternative treatments for depression, anxiety, eating disorders, OCD, PTSD, ADHD, Alzheimer's disease, and sexual dysfunction
  • how yoga and mindfulness meditation can be used in psychotherapy
  • the use and integration of meditation therapies in emergency situations
  • the therapeutic integration of other alternative treatments, such as Kundalini yoga
  • each contributor's case studies as illustration of effective treatment
The Psychospiritual Clinician's Handbook: Alternative Methods for Understanding and Treating Mental Disorders is an invaluable resource for those interested in treating patients with a therapeutic process that is effective, adaptable, and wholly transformational.
     

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    Contents

    Introduction
    1
    Approaching Extraordinary Experiences
    17
    Spirituality and Religion
    24
    Further Implications
    31
    Psychospiritual
    51
    Psychospiritual Perspectives
    57
    Conclusion
    70
    Traditional Diagnostic and Treatment Models
    76
    The Case for Spiritual Intervention
    190
    Spiritual Techniques in the Treatment of Conduct Disorder
    196
    Development and Utilization of Spiritual
    202
    Traditional Diagnosis
    208
    An Integrative Approach
    214
    Conclusion
    227
    Spiritual and Transpersonal Approaches
    233
    Differential Diagnosis
    239

    SelfRelations Psychotherapy
    85
    Conclusion
    91
    Eating Disorders As Messengers of the Soul
    97
    Utilizing the Language of Metaphor Within
    103
    Treatment Approaches with Humanology
    122
    Conclusion
    142
    How Many Souls Are in This Body?
    148
    Memories of Satanic Ritual Abuse
    154
    Conclusion
    160
    Humanological Therapy
    167
    Using Humanology with Narcissistic Personality Disorder
    175
    Conclusion
    181
    Assessment and Treatment of Conduct
    183
    Recovery As a Spiritual Journey
    248
    Sufi Ways
    259
    Mindful Awareness and SelfDirected
    281
    The Practice of Mindfulness in Daily Life
    288
    Long and ShortTerm Effects of Mindfulness Practice
    295
    Celebrating
    301
    Beware of False Gods
    307
    Conclusion
    315
    Plaques or Tangles?
    321
    The Phenomenon of Centers Supporting
    339
    The Nature of Spiritually Oriented Psychotherapy
    347
    Index
    355
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    Sharon G. Mijares, psychologist, workshop leader and author, has focused on women's development for over 25 years. She has authored five books, numerous articles and is an influential leader in promoting women's empowerment, gender balance and psychospiritual healing. Aliaa Rafea is a Professor of Anthropology at Ain Shams University, Women's College in Cairo. She has authored and co-authored several books, had chapters in books published in India, Japan, Morocco and the USA, as well as numerous academic articles in international and regional journals. Nahid Angha, Ph. D., is a Sufi Scholar, a Humanitarian, Human Rights activist, Women's Rights activist; Author, Lecturer, and Translator of over fifteen published books. She is the first Muslim woman inducted to the Marin Women's Hall of Fame.

    Khalsa is a psychotherapist, teacher, writer, and expert in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. He teaches at MIT and is an expert in the applied psychology of meditation and peak performance.

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