Integrating Traditional Healing Practices Into Counseling and Psychotherapy critically examines ethnic minority cultural and traditional healing in relation to counseling and psychotherapy. Authors Roy Moodley and William West highlight the challenges and changes in the field of multicultural counseling and psychotherapy by integrating current issues of traditional healing with contemporary practice. The book uniquely presents a range of accounts of the dilemmas and issues facing students, professional counselors, psychotherapists, social workers, researchers, and others who use multicultural counseling or transcultural psychotherapy as part of their professional practice.

The Sweat Lodge as Psychotherapy: Congruence between Traditional and Modern Healing

The Sweat Lodge as Psychotherapy: Congruence between Traditional and Modern Healing

The sweat lodge as psychotherapy: Congruence between traditional and modern healing
David PaulSmith

Traditional, religiomagical healing persists in the modern world even among the scientifically trained. Recent research in psychotherapy indicates that many psychotherapists draw on a wide range of belief systems, both scientific and religious, in their work. (Bilgrave & Deluty, 2003; Smith, 2003; Smith & Orlinsky, 2003). This chapter discusses a healing method that has been in use for thousands of years, the sweat lodge or steam bath, and presents an ethnography of an Ojibwa sweat lodge ceremony. The sweat lodge and many traditional systems of healing share much in common with modern psychotherapy (J. D. Frank & J. B. Frank, 1991). The sweat ...

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