Rabbinical Counseling

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Rabbinical Counseling provides a perspective on mental, emotional, and spiritual healing for the hurting individual. Rabbi Steven Kaplan explores the time-honored tradition of healing within Judaism and the often-revered status of the healer within the Jewish community. Kaplan first explains the foundations of rabbinical counseling before delving into a discussion of specific psychological problems and the therapeutic processes that can be used to address them. The underlying causes and forerunners of these problems are explained and clarified, providing the rabbi with a clear and comprehensible understanding of the nature of what is truly causing distress to the person. The text proceeds to discuss the "God-connection," where a method of developing a new, different, and deeper relationship with God is explained, allowing the individual to bring a new spiritual dimension to his/her life.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 172 pages
  • 157.48 x 228.6 x 17.78mm | 498.95g
  • Jason Aronson Inc. Publishers
  • Northvale NJ, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0765708558
  • 9780765708557

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This book is a compact course in Jewish spiritual counseling and psychology. It is filled with the wisdom Rabbi Kaplan gleaned through decades of experience that allows him to provide guidance on virtually all of the common issues that are brought to rabbis, as well as the unanticipated non-normative events that can be disheartening or destructive for families. This book represents an advancement in the existing body of literature in the field and should be a desk reference for every rabbi who truly wants to offer spiritual and emotional healing to those whose lives s/he touches. -- Dov Forman Steven Kaplan has captured and integrated an abundance of rich treasures from psychology, Judaism, and from his own extensive clinical experience as a therapist to gift the reader with clarity and practical tools to serve as an effective guide for helping others strengthen their ability to connect with God while helping them navigate daily challenges. As a Rabbi with inpatient and outpatient medical and psychiatric training and experience, I enthusiastically welcome this body of work that addresses such critical issues in so practical a manner. I am thrilled to see such a comprehensive, realistic, honest, and clearly articulated guide available as an essential resource! -- Rabbi Miriam Maron R.N., lecturer and practitioner of ancient Hebraic healing modalities The introduction offers a menu that seems plausible and useful... Kaplan's counseling methods are supplemented by a technique that may be characterized as 'inspirational.' He resorts to exhorting the counselee to let go of negative thoughts, not to live in the past, to embrace joy, and achieve happiness. PsycCRITIQUES In writing this book, it is Steven J. Kaplan's intention to help the Rabbi to "not only be halachically sound but psychologically accurate" in providing this guidance in a way that is "compatible with Jewish teachings." It is meant for the traditional as well as non-traditional Rabbi, regardless of skill level. The book contains short, readable chapters that include case examples and that quickly get to the heart of what formal counseling textbooks might take pages to convey... It serves as an enjoyable and helpful crash course for the Rabbi who may only receive one course (if that) on counseling during Rabbinical school. This book is recommended for synagogues and academic libraries serving rabbinical students. Association of Jewish Libraries Reviewsshow more

About Steven J. Kaplan

Rabbi Steven J. Kaplan is Rabbi and Director of Chavurat Breslov in Pompano Beach, Florida.show more

Table of contents

Rabbinical Counseling Dedication Table of Contents Introduction Part I: Concepts Chapter 1: What is Rabbinic Counseling? Chapter 2: Social Interest, Torah, and Hillel Chapter 3: Personality Theory for Rabbinic Counseling Chapter 4: Prayer and Emotional Healing Chapter 5: Understanding Inferiority Part II: Talking To God as Therapy Chapter 6: Why Should We Talk To God? Chapter 7: Where Should We Talk To God? Chapter 8: How Should We Talk To God? Chapter 9: What Do We Talk To God About? Chapter 10: Potential Obstacles in Talking to God Part III: Psychodynamic Understandings Chapter 11: The Mind-Body Connection Chapter 12: Depression: Its Meanings and Uses Chapter 13: Suicide and Communication Chapter 14: Guilt Feelings as an Exercise Chapter 15: Anxiety and Phobias: Two Sides of the Same Coin Chapter 16: Obsessions and Compulsions Chapter 17: On Love and Marraige Chapter 18: Elderly Concerns Chapter 19: On the Death of a Loved One Chapter 20: Grief, Bereavement, and Mourning Chapter 21: Questioning Faith Chapter 22: Insomnia Chapter 23: Substance Abuse Chapter 24: Understanding Schizophrenia Part IV: Processes Chapter 25: Goals in Rabbinic Counseling Chapter 26: The First Meetings Chapter 27: Feeling Better vs. Getting Better Chapter 28: What is Transference? Chapter 29: Dreams and Dream Interpretation Chapter 30: Early Recollections Chapter 31: The Lifestyle Chapter 32: Birth Order Position Chapter 33: The Placebo Effect in Rabbinic Counseling Chapter 34: Hypnosis in Rabbinic Counseling Chapter 35: To Whom Should the Rabbi Refer? Part V: Life's Paths Chapter 36: Faith Chapter 37: Prayer Chapter 38: Silence Chapter 39: Joy Chapter 40: Simplicity Chapter 41: Peace of Mind Chapter 42: Patience Chapter 43: Anger Chapter 44: Optimism and Hope Chapter 45: Forgetting Chapter 46: Self-Confidence Chapter 47: The Challenge of Marraige Chapter 48: The Jewish Home Chapter 49: Work Chapter 50: Midlife Is No Crisis Chapter 51: Our Golden Years Chapter 52: Coping With Illness Chapter 53: For the Comfort of Mourners Bibliography Author Biographyshow more