Zen and Psychotherapy

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Zen and Psychotherapy

SKU# 9780826120359

Integrating Traditional and Nontraditional Approaches

Author: Christopher J. Mruk PhD, Joan Hartzell RN, MA


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With over 80 years of combined experience in the mental health field, Mruk and Hartzell explore the role of spirituality and religion in treatment and provide a sound clinical and academic rationale for integrating principles of Zen and traditional psychotherapy. They offer help to clinicians, supervisors, and educators in understanding specific Zen principles that can hold significant therapeutic value, and how they are compatible with traditional, empirically oriented, scientifically based education and training, regardless of one's particular academic or disciplinary orientation.

The authors, one a clinical educator and social scientist, the other a nurse psychotherapist and practicing Buddhist, present a fascinating dialogue on the "science" and the "art" sides of the art-science debate. This allows their different points of view to come together in both academic and personal communication, offering practical suggestions for achieving a balance between these two views on the helping and healing process.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date April 28, 2006
  • Page Count 264
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826120359
  • EISBN 9780826120335

Table of Contents 

  1. Traditional, Complementary, and Alternative Therapies
  2. The Basic Principles of Zen and Their Psychotherapeutic Implications
  3. From Realism to Idealism: Traditional Therapies and Zen
  4. Practical Applications: Zen in the Clinical Setting
  5. Integrating Zen and Psychotherapy: Connections and Limits

Appendix I: Glossary
Appendix II: Zen Resources