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About Louis Hoffman
Although the majority of his published works are scholarly in nature, he is also a published poet with interest in diverse genres of writing and literature. His first several books explored the interface of religious and spiritual issues with psychology, often integrating an existential, humanistic, and depth psychology perspectives. In Existential Psychology East-West, Dr. Hoffman's focus shifted to a more primary focus on the existential perspectives in psychology. In addition to writing and teaching, Dr. Hoffman also maintains a clinical practice, is a regular speaker at conferences, and travels to China to engage in dialogues and provide trainings on existential psychology and the psychology of religion/spirituality.
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I'd like every psychology major in the world to read the brilliant introduction that doesn't miss a step in keeping us close to our humanity and offering solid, profound and reliable ideas for navigating the complex ways of the most ordinary life...
This is poetry that stands on its own but is especially useful when you are in one of life's dark nights or tunnels. It doesn't cheer you up; instead it takes you deep in thought to the mysteries working themselves out in what you feel to be problems and challenges.
Author, Care of the Soul, Soul Mates, The Soul's Religion,
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Providing an overview of essential topics in multicultural psychology, Humanistic Approaches to Multiculturalism and Diversity focuses on the intersection of humanistic psychology and multiculturalism, including history, theory, research, and practice.
The authors examine the unique contributions of humanistic psychology to multicultural psychology on topics often ignored, such as cultural empathy and indigenous psychology and diversity. The book critiques and rectifies previous failures to adequately engage multicultural issues by providing methods for integrating multicultural psychology and humanistic therapy. Readers will find that each chapter advances scholarship through a dialogue with multicultural perspectives and builds a foundation for future scholarship and clinical practice.
This book will be of great interest to mental health professionals interested in humanistic and existential psychology.
The contributors to Connoisseurs of Suffering include award-winning poets and authors as well as psychologists and other mental health workers. The poems are powerful, provocative, and often quite raw with pain and meaning. While the poems will not alleviate your suffering, they will help you feel less alone. As Dave Elkins wisely says in the Foreword, "Life is indeed difficult but it's a whole lot better when we listen, really listen, to one another's pain... and care."
Each person has two ideas of Godthe God concept and the God image. The God concept is intellectual in nature, while the God image is the subjective emotional experience of God that is shaped by a person’s family history. Those who struggle with mental health issues often have a God image that is distant, critical, and judgmental because they had parents who behaved that way. God Image Handbook for Spiritual Counseling and Psychotherapy: Research, Theory, and Practice provides therapists with the tools to effectively treat clients who harbor God image issues. This unique manual builds upon strong philosophical and research foundations to offer seven practical clinical approaches to working with the God image in psychotherapy. Leading clinicians and researchers from various disciplines offer expert insight and analysis to provide therapists with in-depth understanding of the God image.
God Image Handbook for Spiritual Counseling and Psychotherapy: Research, Theory, and Practice comprehensively discusses the psychodynamic foundation and research that contribute to the understanding of the God image, and then presents seven different theoretical and technical approaches to help those who have personal and religious problems. Case examples illustrate how the God image changes through the therapy process. The guidebook also explores future developments and the implications of race, culture, gender orientation, and economic conditions that impact the God image.
Each approach and theory in God Image Handbook for Spiritual Counseling and Psychotherapy: Research, Theory, and Practice examine:
- background and philosophical assumptions
- God image development
- God image difficulties
- God image change
- strengths and weaknesses
Case examples discuss:
- client history
- presenting problem
- case conceptualization
- treatment plan
- duration of treatment
- therapeutic outcomes
God Image Handbook for Spiritual Counseling and Psychotherapy: Research, Theory, and Practice is an interdisciplinary guide that provides a holistic understanding of psychological issues and the God image, and is a valuable practical addition to the libraries of psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, social workers, addiction professionals, clergy, spiritual directors, and pastoral counselors.