By P Scott Richards PH.D., Allen E Bergin

A non secular method for Counseling and Psychotherapy, moment variation indicates psychological wellbeing and fitness pros tips on how to deal sensitively with consumers whose spirituality or faith is a crucial a part of their lives. This e-book highlights the healing percentages faith and spirituality can provide. development at the good fortune of the 1st variation, the hot variation offers well timed updates and extra theoretical grounding for integrating a theistic, religious approach into mainstream psychology. additionally excellent for college students and students, this ebook offers necessary history and perception into the historical past and philosophy of technological know-how and psychology, the area religions, the perform of psychotherapy, and the method of study and clinical discovery.

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Naturalism Constrains Alternative Conceptual and Clinical Options When behavioral scientists and psychotherapists ground their work in the philosophy of scientific naturalism, they close the door to other conceptual and clinical options—options that could lead to a more valid human science and more effective forms of treatment. Slife (2004) described five major assumptions of naturalism pertaining to the behavioral sciences and psychotherapy: objectivism, materialism, hedonism, atomism, and universalism.

As stated by Leahey (1991), naturalism is "science's central dogma, without which it could not function" (p. 379). Some scientists have adopted both metaphysical and methodological naturalism as grounding assumptions, whereas others have accepted methodological naturalism as a way of doing science, even though they retained a personal belief in God. In either case, God was not considered in scientific theories, research, and discourse. Griffin (2000) has documented and provided a helpful explanation of how scientific naturalism in its atheistic form came to be the virtually unquestioned dogma or foundational assumption of modernistic science.

Postmodernists favor a worldview that centers on a person's involvement with the world. Human behavior is seen as meaningful only within the contexts or relationships in which it occurs. Human behavior is contextual; it 52 HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES cannot be "objectified" by artificially removing it from that which gives it significance. Postmodern theory holds that all meaning comes from the relationships between individuals and their world, their culture, their language, and each other. This renders concepts of knowledge and truth to be the interpretive creations of sets of people who share a common language, culture, and view of the world.

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