Religion and Psychotherapy approaches its topic from an Alderian 'Individual Psychology' perspective, which rejects biological determinism and incorporates the influence of social institutions. The first of its kind, this book includes specific methods for applying 'Individual Psychology' concepts to clients from each of the world's major religions. It offers new possibilities for mental health professionals who are looking for ways to adapt traditional therapy and counseling techniques to address the spiritual issues of their clients. It applies concepts of 'Individual Psychology' to major religious traditions. It covers Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam. It includes appendices detailing key concepts and terminology.
Thor Johansen is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the State of Illinois. He received his bachelor's degree in psychology from Arizona State University and his Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology and his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago. He is a staff psychologist with the Samaritan Interfaith Counseling Center in Naperville and adjunct faculty at the Adler School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Johansen is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, and the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology. Dr. Johansen has published numerous professional articles on topics such as misbehavior in children, psychotherapy, hypnosis, and religion.
1. Why should students of psychology know about religion?; 2. Principles of Individual Psychology; 3. Spirituality and Adlerian Psychology; 4. Adlerian psychotherapy and conservative Christian spirituality; 5. Adlerian Psychotherapy and Pastoral Counseling; 6. Judaism and Adlerian psychology; 7. The Buddhist tradition and Adlerian Psychotherapy; 8. Hinduism and Adlerian Psychology; 9. Theories of Adler and Islam; 10. Appendix.