Reverence in the Healing Process

Reverence in the Healing Process : Honoring Strengths without Trivializing Suffering

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Reverence is defined as a sense of awe or profound respect for the person. It has become increasing rare in modern culture, not only in health care, but in education and in corporations, where people are too often treated in a dehumanizing way. This groundbreaking book is the most comprehensive volume to-date that explores in depth the concept of reverence and strengths-based approaches in the psychotherapy healing process as manifested in a wide variety of treatment modalities such as child and play therapy, family therapy, therapeutic assessments, and in training programs. Applications in head start programs and group homes, with both juvenile offenders and traumatized children, are covered in individual chapters along with using a strengths-based, reverent approach with providers.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 160.02 x 231.14 x 27.94mm | 544.31g
  • Jason Aronson Inc. Publishers
  • Northvale NJ, United States
  • English
  • 076570658X
  • 9780765706584
  • 2,211,551

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Since the 1980s, the emphasis in healthcare and mental health care has been on managing benefits and productivity rather than on what used to be called the "art" of medicine. Reverence in the Healing Process offers a necessary corrective for that harsh reality. The basic concept that guides every chapter in this multi-authored book is a deep and abiding respect for all life that is so often absent in the mad search for ever-increasing profits at the expense of people's lives. Editor Crenshaw and his colleagues take a strengths-based approach to the children, adults, and families they seek to help. But in doing so, they do not pretend that the tragic experiences of life are innocuous events that people should just bounce back from. Their work honors the suffering that is the lot of so many, while revering the human ability to overcome adversity, even against great odds. -- Sandra L. Bloom, MD, Drexel University Crenshaw delivers again. This time, the goods are vaunted distinctions that we as clinicians must make along the delicate lines of being reverential and honoring transformation as we witness healing in the consulting room. Moreover, this book presents a depth of knowledge in the strengths-based approaches to psychotherapy, replete with the poetry of John O' Donohue to the mythology of Jung. Highly recommended for those who practice from or want to ascribe to the Wellness Model. -- Eric J. Green, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology In this book, David Crenshaw and his contributors highlight mindful therapy that honors the spirit of each child and adolescent, as well as the adults in their worlds. The book is a gentle, thoughtful reminder of the true essence of therapy, respect for each individual's unique capacity for healing. -- JoAnna White, Georgia State University
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About David A. Crenshaw

David A. Crenshaw is director and founder of the Rhinebeck Child and Family Center, LLC, a private practice serving children and families, but also providing training and consultation to agencies serving at-risk children. He is past president of the New York Association for Play Therapy.
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Table of contents

1 Table of Contents 2 Acknowledgments Part 3 I. Introduction and Overview of Reverence in Healing Chapter 4 1. The Concept of Reverence in the Healing Process Chapter 5 2. The Power of Mindsets: A Personal Journey to Nurture Dignity, Hope, and Resilience in Children Chapter 6 3. Reverence for Spirituality in the Healing Process Chapter 7 4. Reverencing the Many Faces of Each Part 8 II. Reverence for Healing in Psychotherapy Chapter 9 5. Resiliency-Based Approaches and the Healing Process in Play Therapy Chapter 10 6. A Strengths-Based Approach to Dynamically Oriented Child Psychotherapy Chapter 11 7.Overcoming All Odds: Helping Young Men Find Their Strengths Chapter 12 8. Revering the Suffering and Strengths of Adolescent Girls Chapter 13 9. Strengths-Based Approach to Trauma Treatment with Children Chapter 14 10. A Competence Approach to Therapy with Families with Multiple Problems Chapter 15 11. Strengths-Based Approaches with Adolescents and Families of Color Chapter 16 12. Resilience among Children and Families in the Midst of Trauma and Change Part 17 III. Strengths-Based Applications in Assessment, Training, and Treatment Collaboration Chapter 18 13. Strengths-Based Therapeutic Assessments of Families Chapter 19 14. Developing a Focus on Mental Health in the Head Start Classroom Chapter 20 15. What's "Good for the Goose": The Strengths-Based Approach with Providers Chapter 21 16. Strengths-Based Healing with Youth in Juvenile Detention Chapter 22 17. A Home of Healing and Reverence Chapter 23 18. The Use of Positive Ethics in the Supervision of Doctoral Psychology Interns Chapter 24 Epilogue: Reverence for Healers 25 Index 26 About the Contributors
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