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Spiritual Care and Therapy

Integrative Perspectives

By Peter L. VanKatwyk
Subjects Psychology, Religion, Spirituality
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Paperback : 9780889204348, 224 pages, September 2003

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Table of Contents for
Spiritual Care and Therapy: Integrative Perspectives by Peter L. VanKatwyk

List of Tables and Figures

List of Appendixes



Part I: Spirituality in the Practice of Care

Spiritual Care in Ordinary Life

Spiritual Care in Clinical Practice

Cross-Spiritual Therapy

Part II: Essentials of Caring

What to Know: Therapeutic Models

What to Say: Therapeutic Communication

What to Be: Therapeutic Relationships

The Helping Style Inventory: A Synthesis

Part III: Contexts of Caring

Toward a Balanced Whole: The Family Connection

Textures and Threads: Life Cycle Transitions

Endings and Beginnings: Crisis and Loss

Parental Loss and Marital Grief: A Case Study

Part IV: The Study of Spiritual Care

Supervision in Learning and Teaching Spiritual Care

Research Methods in Spirituality and Health Care | Thomas St. James O'Connor






The current interest in spirituality has intensified the quest to incorporate spirituality in non-sectarian therapy. Spiritual Care and Therapy is a hands-on, up-to-date clinical guide that addresses this concern.

Peter VanKatwyk explores spiritual care, from pastoral traditions to essential psychotherapies, in individual, couple, and family therapy, offering integrative perspectives. Therapy vignettes from multiple perspectives are included, as well as a wealth of diagrams and maps. His unique perspective of different helping relationships is an approach that celebrates diversity and promotes the flexibility of multiple uses of self and their respective styles of care.

Part 1 describes common and pluralistic meanings of spirituality, locating spiritual care both in the ordinary experience of daily life and in professional practice.

Part 2 focuses on the essentials of caring, posed in the three questions of what to know (therapy models), what to say (communication roles) and what to be (uses of self). These three core areas converge in the book’s central framework of the helping style inventory (helping relationships).

Part 3 maps the contexts of care: the person situated in family and society, moving through time in rites of passage that congest when impacted by crisis and loss.

Finally, Part 4 presents the actual process of clinical education, first through a model of supervision and second, through a research methodology designed for the study of spirituality and health care.

Perfect as a text in either education or academic programs, this book will be of interest to all helping professionals who value an integrative and holistic approach to spiritual care and therapy.


``Reading Dr. VanKatwyk's model of supervision is refreshing and humanizing as it goes beyond the current models of supervision which focus on assessment and technical skills. ...This book is recommended to all students and professionals engaged in providing spiritual care and therapy. ...A must read. ''

- Augustine Meier, Pastoral Sciences

``Students will appreciate VanKatwyk's choice to spend time with definitions and comparisons as they continue facing the learning curve of training. ...[The tabular material is] welcome to students as they seek to assimilate so many new concepts and practices. ...Dr. VanKatwyk has forged together a very useful training text for spiritual counselors and their supervisors. ''

- Mark C. Bartel, Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling

``VanKatwyk is one of the great teachers of pastoral care and counselling in our time, and Spiritual Care adn Therapy is essential reading for all those practising and/or training in the helping professions today. ''

- W. Lorne Mitchell, Consensus

``VanKatwyk's visualization of spiritual care builds on the strengths, not the weaknesses, of the one being cared for. This theme, which runs through this book, is a refreshing and proactive approach to spiritual care. ...This book contains a wealth of information within a solid theoretical framework. ...The book is recommended for advanced students in clinical pastoral education and pastoral counselling education, for supervisors and for spiritual care clinicians. It is also instructive for anyone seeking to deepen their own understanding of spirituality and spiritual care in either a personal or a professional context. ''

- Colleen Lashmar, Toronto Journal of Theology

``In Spiritual Care and Therapy: Integrative Perspectives Peter L. VanKatwyk weaves a richly textured narrative focussed on how to consciously combine spiritual care and therapy. ...The result is a useful integrative framework, sparkling with stimulating nuggets of spiritual wisdom that invite further reflection. ...I have already found this book to be an invaluable resource. ...I decided to introduce the HSI to my own marriage and family therapy students. ...Without exception students reported that the HSI helped them integrate their knowledge of theoretical perspectives and see their own work more clearly. Several students said the process of using the HSI was the single most useful thing they had been introduced to in their two years of training. ''

- Terri Karis, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Studies in Religion