The Psychologies in Religion

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The Psychologies in Religion

SKU# 9780826128560

Working with the Religious Client


  • E. Thomas Dowd PhD, ABPP
  • Stevan Nielson PhD

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"Listed in Today's Books, Book Register as a "!!!Must Read" title.

This book is really a manual that every therapist should have, if he or she does not already have the knowledge and insight contained within its pages. ...Infinitely enjoyable"--PsycCRITIQUES

Religious upbringing influences people in ways that are difficult or impossible to describe; this book provides a "window on their world." The Psychologies of Religion examines the thinking, personality, and development processes as well as specific clinical concerns of clients who are members of particular religious groups. Each contributing author brings dual expertise to their chapters, expertise about a particular religion and psychological sophistication; a look from the inside out. In addition, the book covers possible future religious development as spiritualism beings to replace institutional religion and as religious choice replaces religious constraint.

All therapists who want to understand how religious people really think will find this book helpful.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date February 22, 2006
  • Page Count 344
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826128560
  • EISBN 9780826128577

Table of Contents 

    Foreword, Robert L. Leahy, PhD
  1. Religion for Psychotherapists: The Psychologies in Religion Versus the Psychology of Religion, Stevan L. Nielsen & E. Thomas Dowd
  2. Bricolage: The Postmodern Eclectic (Identifying Syncretistic Religious Cosmologies), James R. Beebe

  3. Section I: The Sacramental Traditions
  4. Catholicism and Psychology, Kevin Gillespie
  5. Beloved to God: An Eastern Orthodox Anthropology, Elizabeth Gassin & J. Stephen Muse
  6. Lutherans, Christine Maguth Nezu, David E. Farley, & Arthur M. Nezu

  7. Section II: The Mainliners
  8. Mainline Protestants: Christian Faith in the Reflective Tradition, Donald L. Bubenzer, Amy B. Quillin, & Paul Ashby

  9. Section III: The Outsiders
  10. Evangelicalism, Mark A. Yarhouse & Stephen R. Russell
  11. Conservative Christianity: A New Emerging Culture, John R. Belcher
  12. Fundamentalism, Sara Savage

  13. Section IV: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
  14. Psychological Models Inherent in Doctrine and Practices of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Dianne L. Nielsen, Daniel K. Judd, & Stevan Lars Nielsen
  15. The Family: A Proclamation to the World

  16. Section V: The Judaic Traditions
  17. Liberal Judaism, Ira S. Halper & Amy Ruth Bolton
  18. Orthodox Judaism: Features and Issues for Psychotherapy, Kate Miriam Loewenthal

  19. Section VI: The Islamic Traditions
  20. Psychology and Sunni Muslims, Saba Rasheed Ali
  21. Psychology and Shia Muslims, Amina Mahmood

  22. Section VII: The Spiritual Traditions
  23. The Spiritualistic Tradition, Rebecca Murray & Michael E. Nielsen
  24. The Varieties of Buddhism, Neharika Chawla & G. Alan Marlett
  25. Religion for Psychotherapists: Summary & Commentary, E. Thomas Dowd & Stevan L. Nielsen