This book describes an advanced generalist approach to direct social work practice with individuals, couples, families, and groups. Intervention paradigms that include psychodynamic, cognitive/behavioral/communications, experiential/humanistic, existential and transpersonal are presented as the four sources of social work.
Chapter 12: Transpersonal Paradigm
Focus. The focus is on spiritual growth that includes both stewardship of the highest levels of well-being and integration of the shadow parts of self that are underdeveloped or have been lost.
Developmental issues. Spiritual development is emphasized, although all of the other dimensions of development are considered interrelated with spirituality.
View of health. As the client develops her spirituality, she is developing greater connection with the innermost self (or soul) and the universe. The client may also develop greater peace of mind, freedom from excessive attachment to ego, and a sense of purpose and service in life. The goal is not escape from pain but rather to develop mindfulness (awareness and acceptance) of self and the world.
The client discovers that therapy does ...