"The book is authoritative, well-reasoned, and abounds in wisdom. It accurately portrays the deepest meanings of both spiritual presence and psychotherapy and shows interactions. This is a pioneering volume, the first of its kind. It should be the standard text for years to come". -- Wayne E. Oates, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus, University of Louisiana School of Medicine

In Spiritual Presence in Psychotherapy, David Steere recognizes the incorporation of this tradition -- referring to it as "spirituality" -- and presents a unique look at this heretofore neglected interface.

This book is written in response to the need observed by Dr. Steere, for caregivers who want to accommodate a spiritual dimension in their work. For this reason, psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, pastoral counselors, nurses -- all dealing with the responsibility of treating mental disorders and helping people change -- will find Spiritual Presence in Psychotherapy invaluable.

The first part of the text discusses the interfaces of psychotherapy and spirituality. Dr. Steere analyzes the deconstruction of mainstream religion and the rise of psychotherapy against a backdrop of what he calls "spiritual homelessness".

In the second part, seven models for spiritual presence in psychotherapy are described. These are: supernatural, expansive, empathic, developmental, sacred, crisis, and systemic. Then, in the final portion of the book, the focus moves to an integration of responsiveness to spiritual presence in effective and enduring caregiving.

In addition to the professionals who will find Spiritual Presence in Psychotherapy an important resource and reference, the bookwill also serve as a key textbook for graduate-level students of professional issues and ethics, as well as psychotherapy and spirituality.

part I|97 pages

Context and Perspective

chapter 1|9 pages

Converging Concerns

chapter 2|29 pages

Spiritual Homelessness

chapter 3|23 pages

The Spiritual Experience

chapter 4|31 pages

Because We Care

part II|142 pages

Models for Spiritual Presence

chapter 5|10 pages

Participation in Presence

chapter 6|18 pages

The Supernatural Model

chapter 7|15 pages

The Developmental Model

chapter 8|16 pages

The Expansive Model

chapter 9|18 pages

The Empathic Model

chapter 10|22 pages

The Sacred Model

chapter 11|17 pages

The Crisis Model

chapter 12|22 pages

The Systemic Model

part III|62 pages


chapter 13|22 pages

Caring Ethics and Client Rights

chapter 14|38 pages

The Future of Care