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Reverence in the Healing Process: Honoring Strengths without Trivializing Suffering Hardcover – November 25, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0765706584 ISBN-10: 076570658X

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Jason Aronson, Inc. (November 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076570658X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765706584
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,164,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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I grew up in a farming community in northwest Missouri. My family and I live in upstate New York in the Hudson Valley and it has been our home for more than four decades. I retired from a busy clinical practice in Rhinebeck, New York after 36 years in June of 2013. I've served as Clinical Director of three Residential Treatment Programs during my career: the Rhinebeck Country School, Astor Home for Children, and currently I am the Clinical Director of the Children's Home of Poughkeepsie. I am also a Faculty Associate at Johns Hopkins University.

My most popular book is Bereavement: Counseling the Grieving over the Life Cycle. The second most popular book is Evocative Strategies in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy that contains over 150 practical strategies I've developed to engage extremely challenging and sometimes oppositional children and adolescents. The third most popular book is Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy: Wounded Spirits and Healing Paths. That book is my personal favorite and contains chapters by me and others written with some of my most admired colleagues including James Garbarino, Kenneth Hardy, and Andy Fussner. It contains anecdotes about some of the people who have inspired me and taught me things that textbooks can never provide such as the late Olga Silverstein, an amazing family therapist for many years at the Ackerman Institute for the Family, and the late Walter Bonime, M.D., a Senior Training Psychoanalyst at New York Medical College who provided me psychoanalytic supervision for over 14 years.

I was thrilled to recently co-edit a new book with the acclaimed and internationally known art therapist, Cathy Malchiodi, Ph.D., Creative Arts and Play Therapy for Problems of Attachment, which is the first book in a new series that Cathy and I will be editing for Guilford Press. The series is called "Creative Arts and Play Therapy." The first book contains exciting chapters by Rick Gaskill and Bruce Perry on the latest findings from neuroscience as applied to play therapy and chapters by leading practitioners in the field of art, dance, drama, and music therapy as well as recognized leaders in the field of play therapy such as Eliana Gil, Jennifer Baggerly, Phyllis Booth, addressing a wide range of attachment problems.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Catherine E. Cwiakala on May 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The book, Reverence in Healing: Honoring Strengths without Trivializing Suffering, edited by David A. Crenshaw, with a wealth of proficient contributing therapists, is a much needed addition to child therapy literature. While addressing client's fragilities and illness, it asks clinicians to respectfully look at the total client and family to identify their strengths and resiliencies.

Clients and family's strengths and resiliency and how to best use these qualities to help, are key resources frequently missed in therapy. This book is packed with ways to recognize and engage one's clients in an interactive spiral of help to solve problems.

Individual chapters can be shared to help parents better understand child and adolescent therapy. They also can be used to help parents learn ways to help their children and therapist with hope and resilience to find the best possible solutions.

In addition to a positive strengths and resilience focus, this book has a wealth of the latest play therapy experts' methods. I found myself wanting to further explore many of the methods addressed in this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven T. Baron on December 29, 2009
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Dr. David Crenshaw's latest book, Reverence In Healing: Honoring Strengths Without Trivializing Suffering presents an overview of the Strengths Based approach and how it can be practically applied in different milieu's of treatment. The book succeeds in providing the reader with a framework to celebrate and utilize a person's assets rather than focus on pathology. The trick is to be sensitive to a person's difficulty without minimizing the impact of such. On this count Dr. Crenshaw and his contributing authors clearly hit the mark. This book allows us to celebrate the spirit and inherent good in others even if the individual who is suffering does not see it. Kudos to Dr. Crenshaw for promoting a point of view that unfortunately has been overlooked and minimized by the mental health establishment for far too long where the tendency has been to overemphasize pathology.
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