Psychotherapy and Judaism (in Hebrew)

Mondial
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המקראה כוללת אוסף מאמרים המתרכזים בממשק שבין פסיכותרפיה ויהדות. מגוון הנושאים הינו רחב וכולל, בין היתר, דיון על יחסים בין רבנים ופסיכולוגים, דילמות הלכתיות שמאתגרות מטפלים דתיים, הנחיות למטפל במטופלים מהציבור החרדי, וכן דוגמאות ממעיינות התובנה והחכמה הפסיכולוגית של חכמי ישראל. מחברי המאמרים, רבנים וקלינאים, מפגינים ידע רחב בפסיכולוגיה ויעוץ, ורגישות וידע עמוק ביהדות. - כריכה אחורית
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Publisher
Mondial
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Published on
Dec 31, 2012
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Pages
160
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ISBN
9781595692344
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Language
Hebrew
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Genres
Psychology / Psychotherapy / Counseling
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 This slim book contains a selection of interesting and informative articles in Hebrew (with the exception of one article that is partly in English and Hebrew) authored by orthodox rabbis and psychotherapists that are highly relevant and pertinent to religious psychotherapists and therapists treating religious patients. The important topics and issues discussed include the relationship between rabbis and mental health practitioners, special considerations in treating the haredi patient, treatment of religious homosexual adolescents, ethics of a religious therapist, and responsa by prominent contemporary rabbis regarding the issue of halachic (religious law) constraints and treatment options, among others. The latter contains anecdotal examples of conflicts, questions and dilemmas that religious therapists encountered that were presented by the editor to various prominent rabbis for their halachic rulings. Among the questions raised: Is the therapist obligated to rebuke a patient when the latter is transgressing serious religious commandments?; Is the therapist permitted to encourage a patient to express his negative feelings towards his/her parents?; Can a therapist continue doing marital therapy after learning that the husband is a Cohen and his wife is a divorcee?; Is cross-gender therapy permissible?, et al. Religious therapists, rabbis and therapists treating religious and haredi patients will find the book stimulating, informative and an enlightening and worthwhile read.
(Texts in Hebrew, with three texts in English) --- This book contains case studies of the psychological treatment of ultra-orthodox patients. Presenting problems treated include social phobia, religiosity, and obsessive-compulsive, eating and conduct disorders, amongst others. The appendix contains three articles in English which include a description of the unorthodox treatment of an ultra-orthodox adolescent, guidelines in the treatment of haredi patients and a discussion of the sensitive and controversial issue of cross-gender therapy with haredi and religious patients --- The editors are hopeful that this slim volume will pave the way for haredi rabbis, seminary heads and arbiters to greater appreciation of the value and benefits of psychological treatment for people suffering from emotional, psychological and behavioral difficulties and disturbances. (From the preface) --- "This slim book describes the unique psychological problems and issues presented by haredi patients and the unique considerations and challenges that face the therapist in treating them. Included are descriptions of unorthodox and creative treatment interventions demonstrating the need to at times 'to think outside the box'. I believe that mental health practitioners that are involved in treating religious and ultra-orthodox clientele and even those not involved, will find this book an interesting, informative and a worthwhile read." (Benni Feldman, Ph.D., Director of Psychological Services, Kaplan Medical Center, Rehovot, Israel; Lecturer, Medical Psychology Graduate Program, The Academic College of Tel-Aviv-Yafo.) --- "We believe that this modest book, the third in a series of books that deal with the interface of mental health and Judaism sponsored by Nefesh Israel, an organization of orthodox mental health professionals, will enrich the reader and provide him with much material for thought. We thank the editors for including in the book controversial and challenging topics as cross-gender therapy with religious and ultra-orthodox patients and involvement of rabbis in psychological treatment, and case studies involving original and creative treatment interventions." (Leah Abramowitz, M.S.W., Judith Guedalia, Ph.D., Yoceved Berlowitz, M.D., chair-persons of Nefesh Israel.) --- Seymour Hoffman, Ph.D., is a senior clinical psychologist who worked in a variety of mental health facilities in the United States and Israel for over half a century and has published numerous papers and several books on psychotherapy in Hebrew and English. He presently works as a supervising psychologist in a mental health clinic in Bnei Brak, Israel. --- Frumi Gottlieb, M.S.W., is a certified social work supervisor. In the past, she was director of the Welfare Department in Efal, Israel, and taught social work in Ariel College. Presently she is ths chief social worker in a mental health clinic in Bnei Brak, Israel, and supervises social workers and students.
This book in Hebrew (with 4 contributions in English) presents case histories that describe the effective interventions of cotherapists and brief interventions of consultants, that succeeded to free therapists and patients from treatment impasses, by working together in a dialectical cotherapy approach. In this approach, the cotherapists, from the beginning of therapy until its successful conclusion, present contrasting views, attitudes and stances toward the patient(s), as one is confronting and challenging while his partner is supportive and encouraging. In the foreword, the theoretical underpinnings of this approach is explained and its advantages in treating especially difficult patients - individuals, couples and families are presented. The treatment cases described include mutism, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and behavioral disorder amongst others, where the patients displayed considerable resistance to treatment. In addition, five articles are presented that describe non-conventional therapeutic views and approaches. An added bonus to the book are the four articles in English in the appendix which discuss interesting and controversial issues regarding psychotherapy and Judaism, such as Rabbi Haim Rapaport's article on "Judaism an Homosexuality". --- "I find that the concept of cotherapy that the author presents is a very interesting approach to create therapeutic momentum. Besides being dialectic, it also delivers a paradoxical message." (Nick Cummings, Ph. D., Former president of the American Psychological Association. Author of "Focused Psychotherapy") --- "It is amazing how much can be made out of such a parsimonious technique (dialectical psychotherapy). So simple and so useful." (Haim Omer, Ph. D., Professor of Psychology, Tel-Aviv University.Author of "Critical Interventions in Psychotherapy") --- "This volume is a pleasurable and easy read. Any practicing therapist will find themselves challenged to think of their own cases in new ways as they read the rich case material and the accompanying clinical rationale presented." (Moses Preiser, Ph.D., Former Director of Psychological Services, Kings County Hospital Center, Brooklyn, New York)
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