This comprehensive core textbook analyzes how resilient people navigate the troubled waters of life’s traumas and identifies how learning about resilience may help cultivate this quality in other, less resilient, people. Author Morley D. Glicken explains the inner self-healing processes of resilient people and helps individuals training in the helping professions to learn to use these processes in working with their clients.

Resilience and the Impact of Spiritual and Religious Beliefs on Health and Mental Health

Resilience and the impact of spiritual and religious beliefs on health and mental health

The resilience literature suggests that religious and spiritual beliefs are key elements of resilience. However, members of the helping professions often experience discomfort when clients discuss spirituality and often wonder if there is a role for professionals in the religious and spiritual lives of clients. This chapter will explore the relationship between religious and spiritual involvement and resilience, and the role professionals might take in discussing both issues with clients.

A number of findings suggest the importance of spirituality and religiosity in the lives of people. The majority of Americans indicate that they believe in God (Yntema, 1999), and ...

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