By P Scott Richards PH.D., Allen E Bergin
A religious process for Counseling and Psychotherapy, moment version indicates psychological health and wellbeing pros the way to deal sensitively with consumers whose spirituality or faith is a vital a part of their lives. This booklet highlights the healing probabilities faith and spirituality can supply. construction at the good fortune of the 1st version, the recent variation offers well timed updates and extra theoretical grounding for integrating a theistic, non secular approach into mainstream psychology. additionally excellent for college students and students, this booklet presents precious history and perception into the background and philosophy of technology and psychology, the area religions, the perform of psychotherapy, and the method of analysis and clinical discovery.
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The lingering effect of these assumptions is that theistic spiritual perspectives have not yet been more fully integrated into the modem-day, mainstream mental health professions. Although many religious psychotherapists reject naturalistic philosophical assumptions, when asked to state their theoretical orientation they often profess allegiance to mainstream traditions that are grounded in such assumptions (Jensen & Bergin, 1988; Slife, 2004; Slife & Williams, 1995). Many behavioral scientists and mental health professionals continue to adhere to scientific naturalism and to theories grounded in its assumptions because they believe this is the only scientifically respectable option.
This trend was greatly accentuated and enlarged by Bandura (1969, 1986, 1997) and others who followed his work. It is interesting that despite the opposing trends, with their potential for latitude in thought and practice, even some of the most radically dissenting psychologists had difficulty avoiding the domination of the naturalistic and mechanistic worldview. , Rogers, 1957, 1959). After trying to apply the dominant paradigm to the clinical phenomena he dealt with, he ultimately was frustrated and went in new directions (Coulson & Rogers, 1968; Rogers, 1980).
PHILOSOPHICAL INFLUENCES During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, classical realism, positivism, and empiricism were the most widely accepted and influential epistemological assumptions in the philosophy of science (Edwards, 1967). , Hesse, 1980; Kuhn, 1970; Laudan, 1984; Lincoln & Cuba, 1985; Polanyi, 1962; Toulmin, 1962). This examination and reevaluation by science historians and philosophers has stimulated, and has been stimulated by, an intellectual movement called postmodernism. Postmodernism is a family of perspectives and philosophies that contend that "there are no metaphysical absolutes; no fundamental and abstract truths, laws, or principles that determine what the world is like and what happens in it" (Slife & Williams, 1995, p.