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This text is intended to help counselors and other mental health practitioners make informed and effective interventions with clients for whom religion and spirituality are significant concerns. It is comprehensive, providing information on religious systems and spiritual beliefs as well as clinical strategies and interventions. Throughout the text, the author weaves the theme in of understanding how the counselor's own worldview and values impact working with clients and offers activities and cases for exploring this further.
2. Models of Religious and Spiritual Development.
3. Varieties of Religious Systems and Spiritual Beliefs.
4. Assessing Religious and Spiritual Beliefs and Values.
5. The Intersection of Religion, Spirituality, Ethnicity and Culture.
6. Implicit Strategies for Working with Clients' Religious and Spiritual Issues.
7. Explicit Religious and Spiritual Strategies in the Service of Counseling.
8. Using Religious and Spiritual Strategies in Couple and Family Counseling.
9. Religious and Spiritual Applications to Special Groups.
10. Ethical Considerations.
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"This book is a valuable resource for mental health professionals and trainees. This book examines the role of spirituality as it relates to ethnicity and culture, and to women, gay men, lesbians and bisexuals. I applaud its comprehensiveness for cultural diversity and individual differences."