Thursday, May 11, 2017
Spiritually Oriented Psychotherapy for Trauma- A Book Review
SPIRITUALLY ORIENTED PSYCHOTHERAPY
Donald F. Walker,
Christine A. Courtois,
Jamie D. Aten
Geoffrey W. Sutton
Publisher: American Psychological Association
This book is an excellent resource for clinicians considering the spiritual concerns of people who have experienced trauma. The treatment of trauma has a long history. As clinicians who have treated people with trauma, we have learned many techniques and become acquainted with other options such as medication and therapeutic animals. However, the spiritual dimension has been somewhat neglected until recently. This book helps fill in the gap.
The twelve chapters cover multiple topics begining with an overview of spirituality and ethical considerations in psychotherapy for trauma. Other chapters offer insights into aspects of trauma where religion or spirituality may be a major concern such as spiritual struggles, the problem of evil, and changes in God-image linked to sexual abuse.
Clinicians will also find helpful forms and checklists.
See more information in my published review, which can be downloaded.
I reviewed this book for the Journal of Psychology and Christianity. That review is available in Volume 36. A prepublication copy can be found at Geoff Sutton on Academia.