Religion and the Clinical Practice of Psychology

Pages: 619
Item #: 4317620
ISBN: 978-1-55798-321-3
List Price: $49.95
Member/Affiliate Price: $39.95
Copyright: 1996
Format: Hardcover
Note: This book is out of print and no longer available for purchase.

This book presents a comprehensive treatment of religion as a variable in mental health and psychological treatment. A collection of essays from the foremost authorities in the field, it examines the ways in which religion may be addressed in clinical practice and offers a thorough appreciation of the history of the antagonism and overlap between the two perspectives and of the psychological theory and empirical research that has been engendered from Freud to the present.

Table of Contents



Introduction: Foundation for the Consideration of Religion in the Clinical Practice of Psychology
—Edward P. Shafranske

I. Religion and Psychology: A Conceptual, Cultural, and Historical Context

  1. Religion In America: The Demographics of Belief and Affiliation
    —Dean R. Hoge
  2. The Psychology of Religion: An Overview
    —David M. Wulff
  3. Historical Perspective: Religion and Clinical Psychology in America
    —Hendrika Vande Kemp
  4. A Constructive Relationship for Religion With the Science and Profession of Psychology: Perhaps the Boldest Model Yet
    —Stanton L. Jones
  5. Religious Beliefs, Affiliations, and Practices of Clinical Psychologists
    —Edward P. Shafranske

II. Religion, Mental Health, and Clinical Practice

  1. Pluralism and Oneness in Religious Experience: William James, Faith-Development Theory, and Clinical Practice
    —James W. Fowler
  2. Religious Commitment, Mental Health, and Prosocial Behavior: A Review of the Empirical Literature
    —John Gartner
  3. Religious Methods of Coping: Resources for the Conservation and Transformation of Significance
    —Kenneth I. Pargament
  4. The Pathology of Beliefs and the Beliefs of Pathology
    —W. W. Meissner
  5. Cults and Charismatic Group Psychology
    —Marc Galanter
  6. Values in Psychotherapy
    —Allen E. Bergin, I. Reed Payne, and P. Scott Richards
  7. Considering the Religious Dimension in Assessment and Treatment
    —Robert J. Lovinger
  8. Religion in Clinical Practice: Implicit and Explicit Integration
    —Siang-Yang Tan

III. Psychotherapy With Religiously Committed Persons

  1. Cognitive–Behavioral Therapy and the Religious Person
    —L. Rebecca Propst
  2. Psychoanalytic Treatment and the Religious Person
    —Ana-Maria Rizzuto
  3. Existential–Humanistic Psychotherapy and the Religious Person
    —Alvin R. Mahrer
  4. Switching Tracks: Parallel Paradigms in Psychology and Religion
    —John R. Van Eenwyk
  5. Transpersonal Psychology and the Religious Person
    —Frances Vaughan, Bryan Wittine, and Roger Walsh
  6. Marital and Family Therapy With Religious Persons
    —Len Sperry and Paul Giblin
  7. The 12-Step Program
    —Ronald E. Hopson

IV. Afterword

  1. Religion and the Clinical Practice of Psychology: A Case for Inclusion
    —Edward P. Shafranske and H. Newton Malony

Author Index

Subject Index

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Twenty-one fine essays on religion and the clinical practice of psychology, written by well known therapists and theorists united by a liberal perspective on religion and an interest in the role played by religion in mental health. . . The essays challenge conventional stereotypes suggesting that psychologists are uniquely hostile to religion. Contributors show that contemporary psychologists actually view religion, or spirituality, as valuable. The book will be most useful to clinicians, but scholars of religion will also be impressed by its scope and by the rapprochement it documents. It illustrates a new paradigm in which secular psychology and liberal religion, especially noninstitutional forms, no longer compete for the human soul.
—Religious Studies Review, Vol. 25, No. 2, April 1999