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Spiritual Resources in Family Therapy: Second Edition

by Edited by Froma Walsh

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.

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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 multifaith and culturally diverse clients, the second edition has been thoroughly revised and updated with the latest ideas, findings, and clinical applications.

New to This Edition

  • Updated and revised throughout.
  • New topics: death and loss, healing from refugee trauma, meditation practices for couples, use of rituals, and forgiveness.
  • Chapter on resilience now includes Hindu and Muslim perspectives in addition to Jewish, Christian, and Buddhist views.
"Featuring brand-new and updated material, this superb revision of Walsh's groundbreaking text gives voice to the powerful and often ignored spiritual dimension of human experience. The volume offers a rich, multilayered exploration of spirituality and relational well-being. Highly accessible and beautifully written, it is filled with case examples, author reflections, and information that therapists need to develop greater spiritual self-awareness and professional effectiveness. A 'must read' for psychotherapists and for graduate students in mental health, family studies, and pastoral counseling."
-Marsha Pravder Mirkin, PhD, Department of Psychology, Lasell College; Women's Studies Research Center, Brandeis University
"This volume documents a remarkable transformation in family therapists' regard for spirituality....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

Froma Walsh, PhD, is the Mose and Sylvia Firestone Professor in the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. She also has a joint appointment in the Department of Psychiatry, Pritzker School of Medicine, and is Co-Director of the university-affiliated Chicago Center for Family Health. She is a past president of the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA) and past editor of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. Dr. Walsh has received awards for her distinguished contributions and leadership in the field of family therapy from the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association, the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and AFTA. Widely published, she speaks and consults internationally on resilience-oriented research, professional training, and practice.

414 Pages, Size: 6" x 9", December 2008


I. Overview

1. Religion, Spirituality, and the Family: Multifaith Perspectives, Froma Walsh

2. Integrating Spirituality in Family Therapy:

Wellsprings for Health, Healing, and Resilience, Froma Walsh

II. Spiritual Resources in Families: Tapping the Wellsprings

3. Spirituality, Suffering, and Beliefs: The Soul of Healing with Families, Lorraine M. Wright

4. Spiritual Resources in Family Adaptation to Death and Loss, Froma Walsh

5. Religious Perspectives on Resilience: Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, and Islam, Steven J. Wolin, with Wayne Muller, Fred Taylor, Sybil Wolin, Shanthi Raganathan, Dyaa Saymah, and Hasan Zeyada

6. The Stresses of Poverty and the Comfort of Spirituality, Harry J. Aponte

7. Spirituality and Religion: Implications for Psychotherapy with African American Clients and Families, Nancy Boyd-Franklin and Tonya Walker Lockwood

8. Religion and Spiritual Traditions in Immigrant Families: Significance for Latino Health and Mental Health, Celia Jaes Falicov

9. "Honor Your Father and Your Mother": Intergenerational Values and Jewish Tradition, Mona DeKoven Fishbane

10. A Spirituality for Family Living, Herbert Anderson

III. Spirituality in Therapeutic Practice

11. Morality and Spirituality in Therapy, William J. Doherty

12. Rituals and Spirituality in Family Therapy, Evan Imber-Black

13. Meditation and Relational Connectedness: Practices for Couples and Families, Jerry Gale

14. Healing from Relational Trauma: The Quest for Spirituality, Mary Jo Barrett

15. Healing from Refugee Trauma: The Significance of Spiritual Beliefs, Faith Community, and Faith-Based Services, Hugo Kamya

16. Forgiveness and Spirituality: Elements of Healing in Relationships, Terry D. Hargrave, Janet Froeschle, and Yvette Castillo

17. Opening Therapy to Conversations with a Personal God, Melissa Elliott

18. Stretching to Meet What's Given: Opportunities for a Spiritual Practice, Kaethe Weingarten

19. Heart and Soul: Experiential Exercises for Therapists and Clients, Janine Roberts

20. The Therapeutic Benefits of a Justice-Seeking Spirituality: Empowerment, Healing, and Hope, Alice de V. Perry and John S. Rolland

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