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 Disordersprovides 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 Handbookis 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 Disordershelps 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 Disorderswill 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 Disordersis 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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