Handbook of Psychotherapy and Religious Diversity, Second Edition

Pages: 528
Item #: 4317338
ISBN: 978-1-4338-1735-9
List Price: $89.95
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Publication Date: May 2014
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Many religious people distrust the process of psychotherapy because they fear that helping professionals will misunderstand and pathologize their spiritual beliefs.

This book provides concrete guidance for working effectively with clients from a wide range of religious backgrounds, including all of the main Christian denominations found in the United States as well as Judaism, Islam, Eastern traditions, and the ethnic-centered spirituality of African-American, Latino, and American Indian populations.

Each of the 16 core chapters is written by a contributor who is both a mental health professional and an expert in the religious tradition described. After providing key information on the history and practices of the faith, authors describe how spiritual concerns may interact with common presenting problems in clients who practice the tradition and offer guidelines for promoting trust and positive outcomes.

Rich in clinical examples, the book is an ideal training resource for both graduate students and experienced practitioners.

Table of Contents




I. Introduction and Overview

  1. Toward Religious and Spiritual Competency for Mental Health Professionals
    P. Scott Richards and Allen E. Bergin
  2. Religious Diversity in North America
    Roger R. Keller

II. Christianity

  1. Psychotherapy With Roman Catholics
    Edward P. Shafranske
  2. Psychotherapy With Members of Eastern Orthodox Churches
    George Morelli
  3. Psychotherapy With Mainline Protestants: Lutheran, Presbyterian, Episcopal/Anglican, and Methodist
    Everett L. Worthington Jr., James T. D. Berry, Joshua N. Hook, Don E. Davis, Jennifer S. Ripley, and Chelsea L. Greer
  4. Psychotherapy for Evangelical and Fundamentalist Protestants
    Nancy Stiehler Thurston and Winston Seegobin
  5. Psychotherapy With Pentecostal Protestants
    Richard D. Dobbins
  6. Psychotherapy With Latter-Day Saints
    Wendy Ulrich, P. Scott Richards, Kristin L. Hansen, and Allen E. Bergin
  7. Psychotherapy With Seventh-Day Adventists
    Carole A. Rayburn

III. Judaism

  1. Psychotherapy With Orthodox Jews
    Aaron Rabinowitz
  2. Psychotherapy With Conservative and Reform Jews
    Lisa Miller, Yakov A. Barton, Marina Mazur, and Robert J. Lovinger

IV. Islam

  1. Psychotherapy With Muslims
    Zari Hedayat-Diba

V. Eastern Traditions

  1. Psychotherapy With Hindus
    Anu R. Sharma and Pratyusha Tummala-Narra
  2. Psychotherapy With Buddhists
    Mark Finn and Jeffrey B. Rubin

VI. Ethnic-Centered Spirituality

  1. Psychotherapy With Members of African American Churches and Spiritual Traditions
    Donelda A. Cook and Christine Y. Wiley
  2. Psychotherapy With Members of Latino/Latina Churches and Spiritual Traditions
    Fayth M. Parks, Maria Cecilia Zea, and Michael A. Mason
  3. Psychotherapy With Members of Asian American Churches and Spiritual Traditions
    Siang-Yang Tan and Natalie J. Dong
  4. North American Indian and Alaska Native Spirituality and Psychotherapy
    Jeff King, Joseph E. Trimble, Gayle Skawen:nio Morse, and Lisa Rey Thomas

VII. Afterword

  1. Religious Diversity and Psychotherapy: Conclusions, Recommendations, and Future Directions
    P. Scott Richards and Allen E. Bergin


About the Editors

Editor Bios

P. Scott Richards received his PhD in counseling psychology in 1988 from the University of Minnesota. He has been a faculty member at Brigham Young University since 1990 and is a professor in the Department of Counseling Psychology and Special Education. 

Dr. Richards is coauthor of A Spiritual Strategy for Counseling and Psychotherapy (1997, 2005), coeditor of the Handbook of Psychotherapy and Religious Diversity (2000), and coauthor of Spiritual Approaches in the Treatment of Women with Eating Disorders (2007), all of which were published by the American Psychological Association (APA).

He received the William C. Bier award in 1999 from APA Division 36 (Psychology of Religion) for outstanding contributions to findings on religious issues. He is a fellow of APA Division 36 and served as president of the division from 2004 to 2005. 

Dr. Richards is a licensed psychologist and is the Director of Research at the Center for Change in Orem, Utah.

Allen E. Bergin received his PhD in clinical psychology in 1960 from Stanford University. He was a faculty member at Teachers College, Columbia University (1961-1972). He was a Professor of Psychology at Brigham Young University from 1972 until his retirement in 1999.

Dr. Bergin is past-president of the Society for Psychotherapy Research and co-editor of the classic Handbook of Psychotherapy and Behavior Change. He is co-author of A Spiritual Strategy for Counseling and Psychotherapy (1997, 2005).

In 1989 he received an Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Knowledge from the American Psychological Association (APA). In 1990, APA Division 36 (Psychology of Religion) presented him with the William James Award for Psychology of Religion Research. He also received the Society for Psychotherapy Research’s Distinguished Career Award (1998) and the American Psychiatric Association’s Oskar Pfister Award in Psychiatry and Religion (1998).

Reviews & Awards

An impressive achievement.

Invaluable for clinicians who see clients of different religious traditions.
—Doody's Review Service