Interface Between Psychotherapy and Judaism

Interface Between Psychotherapy and Judaism : Issues, Case Studies and Halachic Deliberations

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This Reader focuses on the interface between psychotherapy and Judaism. The twenty-one articles (with one exception) that were authored by orthodox and haredi rabbis and mental health practitioners are varied and relate to theoretical as well as practical issues. The book is divided into three parts: Issues, Case Studies and Halachic Deliberations. In the first part, issues such as attitudes of ultra-orthodox rabbis to psychological treatment, unique challenges in treating haredi patients, and relationship between rabbis and psychologists are analyzed and discussed among other topics. Part two presents case histories of the treatment of haredi and religious patients which include the participation of rabbis in specific situations and charming anecdotes demonstrating the psychological wisdom, sensitivity and insights of ancient and contemporary Jewish sages. Part three contains responsa of respected contemporary arbiters to questions raised by religious psychotherapists and articles discussing the relevant and sensitive issues of cross-gender therapy and honoring abusive parents, by mental health practitioners. -- The appendix contains three articles in Hebrew - responsa regarding Jewish Law and psychological treatment and two articles by prominent rabbis on the relationship between rabbis and psychologists and ethics of the religious more

Product details

  • Paperback | 268 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 15mm | 345g
  • Golden Sky
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1595693351
  • 9781595693358

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In his latest book, Dr. Hoffman has collated 21 selected articles, new and previously published, that were penned by mental health professionals and rabbis that shed light on the interface between psychotherapy and Judaism. The three parts of the book, Issues, Case Histories and Halachic Deliberations, explore how Jewish law and theology meet and interact with clinical psychotherapy interventions and ethics, attempting to illumine real life cases and issues with the light of Torah.-- While there is a dearth of literature on this specialty topic, Dr. Hoffman continues to publish and address these important issues, ensuring that religious therapists, supervisors, and patients can receive quality treatment that is simultaneously congruent with Torah values and professional ethics. When mature professionals study these topics, they orient themselves to have greater respect for observing Jewish law while doing clinical work, while also internalizing the great responsibility they have on their shoulders to provide quality ethical treatment to their clientele. (Rabbi Avi Tenenbaum, Founder, JNARS Addiction Professional Network, R. A.)"show more