More and more, it is has become essential for mental health professionals to understand and competently navigate clients' religious and spiritual beliefs in treatment. In Spiritual and Religious Competencies in Clinical Practice, you'll find sixteen research-based guidelines and best practices to help you provide effective therapy while being conscious of your clients' unique spiritual or cultural background. With this professional resource as your guide, you will be prepared to: *Take a spiritual and religious history when treating a client *Attend to spiritual or religious topics in a clinical setting *Hold clear ethical boundaries regarding your own religious or spiritual beliefs *Know when and how to make referrals if topics emerge which are beyond the scope of your competence This book is a must-read for any mental health professional looking to develop spiritual, religious, and cultural competencies.
In this revolutionary book, Vieten and Scammell open our eyes to the power of the sacred in the therapeutic encounter, enabling client and clinician to find purpose, healing, and joy in the individual s religious and spiritual convictions. Dacher Keltner, professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley; director of Greater Good Science Center; and author of "Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life""
Cassandra Vieten, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist, president and CEO of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, and a scientist in the Mind-Body Medicine Research Group at California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute. Her research has focused on spirituality and health, development and pilot testing of mindfulness based approaches to cultivating emotional balance, and transformative experiences and practices. She is coauthor of Living Deeply (New Harbinger/Noetic Books 2008) and author of Mindful Motherhood (New Harbinger 2009). Shelley Scammell, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who has been in private practice in San Francisco, CA for the past fifteen years. She has taught at the California Institute of Integral Studies, Sonoma State University, and the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was associate professor at New York University for fifteen years. As copresident of the Institute for Spirituality and Psychology, she codeveloped the spiritual competencies, and has published and presented on them in APA journals and conferences. Her background and teaching in Western and Eastern (Vedic) studies and practices for the past thirty years-as well as her clinical experiences with clients struggling with these issues-has led her to explore these arenas in order to help fellow clinicians.