Therapist As Priest: The Spiritual Dimensions of a Therapeutic Relationship

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Contemporary interest in spirituality is widely evident in the media, books, journals and programs of renewal. There has also arisen a kind of permission among empiricists and the social sciences alike to renewed dialogue between science and spirituality once so intrinsic to any complete understanding of healing. Therapeutic work, whether from a secular or spiritual framework, belongs to the ennobled professions as that of healing. Professional therapists working from either secular or religious orientations are invited by this book to understand, recognize and utilize the spiritual dimensions of a therapeutic relationship without compromising either the science of their craft or the religious sensibilities of those who seek their help.

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Donald F. Schwab began his career in 1972 as an ordained Catholic priest. Having held parish and educational posts, he became founding Director of Pastoral Care in a large, multi-denominational, acute-care setting in Rochester, New York. Dr. Schwab's interest in family systems theory led to a Doctor of Ministry. Later work as therapist and consultant took him to studies in the convergence of adult human development and spirituality. He received his Ph.D. in Pastoral Psychology from the Graduate Theological Foundation. Dr. Schwab continues his work as therapist, work- and church-place consultant, teacher, retreat director and writer. He is a frequent presenter in the convergence of Psychology and Spirituality.

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As Jacob and Esau rediscovered their shared heritage after years of estrangement, so religion and psychotherapy have rediscovered their shared calling as healers of the psyche/soul. Dr. Schwab illustrates this rediscovery in a masterfully stirring account of his life as priest, counselor, therapist and healer. --Rev. Dr. Wayne G. Rollins, Hartford Seminary

Dr. Schwab clearly identifies the relationships between our thoughts - and the actions and emotions that result from those thoughts. This identification and his addition of spiritual components in this sequence of thoughts and actions are refreshing and long-needed components for effective therapy. It brings to proper emphasis the Twenty-Third Psalm, namely, "as a man thinketh, so is he." --Dr. D. Wilson Hess (Ret.), University of Rochester School of Medicine

Therapist as Priest is both a necessary contribution to the ongoing discussion and growing acceptance of the once debated idea that psychology and spirituality can somehow be considered in splendid isolation from each other. --Rev. Thomas M. Santa, C.Ss.R., Redemptorist Renewal Center

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