A spiritual strategy for counseling and psychotherapy [book]

P. Scott Richards, Allen E. Bergin
Although religion and science share many similar goals, as evidenced by several philosophical and theoretical studies, there are also many points where they diverge. In this context, ensuring individuals' psychological well-being is the purpose of both religion and science. However, the effort of psychology to become a scientific field has blocked the use of religious material for the purpose of protecting and improving psychological health for a long time. In this point, P. Scott Richards and
more » ... llen E. Bergin's book, A Spiritual Strategy for Counseling and Psychotherapy, shows that it is possible to integrate these two fields to serve a common purpose by expressing in scientific terms the contributions that monotheistic religions may provide for individuals' psychological well-being. The main purpose of the book is to describe the concepts and interventions that will help mental health professionals implement theistic psychotherapy (p. 11). Having received his PhD in counseling psychology, P. Scott Richards has produced several publications on spirituality and psychotherapy and is currently a licensed psychologist and a full professor of Brigham Young University as well as the Director of Research for the Center for Change. Allen E. Bergin received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from Stanford University and has been a sounding voice about integrating spiritual themes into psychological theory, research, practice, and education. The first part of the 12 chapter book emphasizes the need for a theistic perspective that can be used in the counseling and psychotherapy process. In the second and third chapters, a historical view of the relationship between religion and science is conveyed and the effects of change movements and positive psychology at the beginning of the
doi:10.1037/10241-000 fatcat:zyd3dktb35behek5xp4nsc62zq