Shared Grace: Therapists and Clergy Working Together

1st Edition

Susan Bonfiglio, Harold G Koenig, Marion A Bilich, Steven D Carlson

Routledge
Published July 28, 2000
Reference - 238 Pages
ISBN 9780789011107 - CAT# HW12402

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Summary

Learn how theology and psychology can work together to provide effective therapy!

Shared Grace provides a framework within which mental health professionals and clergy can work together to provide people in need with appropriate psychological services and spiritual interventions. Breaking down the walls between psychology and religion, this guide offers you proven and tried methods and models from the authors’collaborative work. Comprehensive and intelligent, this vital book will help therapists incorporate a spiritual dimension to their sessions and give patients successful and effective services.

Shared Grace is also a book about the healing power of love. It is the very personal, intense account of the authors’ work to help a woman who suffered from dissociative identity disorder heal from the effects of her childhood abuse. Through this poignant story, you’ll find that adding a spiritual dimension into psychotherapy brings increased richness and depth to the therapeutic process. Step-by-step practical suggestions for collaboration between therapist and clergy are included.

Issues brought to light in Shared Grace include:
  • transforming damaged and dysfunctional images of God
  • the establishment of support systems within the religious community
  • the use of guided imagery
  • the creation of healthy rituals and ceremonies

    Shared Grace will help therapists and clergy alike and enable each to obtain the support, education, and training to make interdisciplinary collaboration successful.

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