In the recent past, there has been a general resurgence of investigative interest in the myriad relationships between psychology and Judaism, and more specifically between the latter and psychotherapy that has greatly enhanced our understanding of the interface between them. This book contributes to that worthwhile goal. Between its covers, one can find a collection of articles by orthodox rabbis, educators, and mental health professionals, which discuss and explore a wide spectrum of relevant and topics of concern to professionals and laymen. Controversial issues, such as the attitude of rabbis towards psychotherapy, clerical-clinician cooperation, and Judaism's view and attitude toward homosexuality are discussed in an open and forthright manner. It is expected that some readers may take exception to the views presented, which will, hopefully, enhance further deliberation on these topics.
Throughout the book, rich clinical material is presented to guide the practitioner in treating the ultra-orthodox community; in depicting successful collaboration between rabbis and clinicians; and in enlightening the reader regarding the psychological wisdom and insights of the Jewish sages and religious leaders.
Seymour Hoffman is a senior clinical psychologist with more than forty-five years of clinical experience working in mental health facilities in the United States and Israel. He has published over forty articles in professional journals on psychotherapy and co-authored Cotherapy with Individuals, Families and Groups and Innovative Interventions in Psychotherapy. Recently he was included in Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare (2006D2007). Presently he teaches a course on psychopathology at a teachers' college in Israel and is in private practice.
Part 1 Preface Part 2 Foreword Part 3 Part I: Psychology and Judaism Chapter 4 Increasing Clergy-Clinician Cooperation through Education and Dialogue Chapter 5 Accidental Death: A New Look at an Ancient Model Chapter 6 Homosexuality: A Religious and Political Analysis Chapter 7 Rabbinic Insights into Behavior Change Chapter 8 Helpmates: Mother and Father as Cotherapy Model Chapter 9 Manipulation in Psychotherapy: Rabbinic View Part 10 Part II: Psychotherapy and Judaism Chapter 11 The Care of the Ultra-orthodox Community Chapter 12 Initial Religious Counseling for a Male Orthodox Adolescent Homosexual Chapter 13 Rabbinic Interventions in Cases of Pathological Guilt Chapter 14 Psychotherapy and Honoring Parents Chapter 15 Halacha and Psychological Treatment Dilemmas and Conflicts