Since the 1980s, the emphasis in healthcare and mental health care has been on managing benefits and productivity rather than on what used to be called the “art” of medicine. Reverence in the Healing Process
offers a necessary corrective for that harsh reality. The basic concept that guides every chapter in this multi-authored book is a deep and abiding respect for all life that is so often absent in the mad search for ever-increasing profits at the expense of people’s lives. Editor Crenshaw and his colleagues take a strengths-based approach to the children, adults, and families they seek to help. But in doing so, they do not pretend that the tragic experiences of life are innocuous events that people should just bounce back from. Their work honors the suffering that is the lot of so many, while revering the human ability to overcome adversity, even against great odds. (Sandra L. Bloom, MD)
Crenshaw delivers again. This time, the goods are vaunted distinctions that we as clinicians must make along the delicate lines of being reverential and honoring transformation as we witness healing in the consulting room. Moreover, this book presents a depth of knowledge in the strengths-based approaches to psychotherapy, replete with the poetry of John O' Donohue to the mythology of Jung. Highly recommended for those who practice from or want to ascribe to the Wellness Model. (Green, Eric J.)
In this book, David Crenshaw and his contributors highlight mindful therapy that honors the spirit of each child and adolescent, as well as the adults in their worlds. The book is a gentle, thoughtful reminder of the true essence of therapy, respect for each individual's unique capacity for healing. (JoAnna White)
About the Author
David A. Crenshaw
is director and founder of the Rhinebeck Child and Family Center, LLC, a private practice serving children and families, but also providing training and consultation to agencies serving at-risk children. He is past president of the New York Association for Play Therapy.