• Spirituality and Counselling Experiential and theoretical perspectives

Spirituality and Counselling Experiential and theoretical perspectives

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ISBN 978 1 898059 74 5 (2006)
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This book arises from a rich and lively international conference on ‘The Spiritual Dimension in Therapy and Experiential Exploration’, which was held at the University of East Anglia. The varied chapters—including contributions from the keynote speakers: Brian Thorne, Rev Daishin Morgan and Richard Holloway—explore the conference theme in depth from many perspectives: experiential, philosophical, theological, psychological and personal.



Section 1: Keynote Addresses
1. The process of transformation within Buddhism – Rev Daishin Morgan
2. Looking in the distance: Spirituality in God’s Absence – Richard Holloway
3. The gift and cost of being fully present – Brian Thorne

Section 2: Philosophy
1. William James and Ludwig Wittenstein : A philosophical approach to spirituality – Hans Julius Schneider
2. Towards a phenomenology of the divine – C J Sharp
3. Towards a Rogerian theory of mysticism - Ivan Ellingham
4. Open-centred ecosophy - Or how to do environmentally interesting things with Dr Rogers' therapeutic conditions - Clive Perraton Mountford

Section 3: Presence and the Core Conditions
1. The power of presence – Veronika Prüller-Jagenteufel
2. A person-centred therapist’s quest for presence – Dora Iseli Schudel
3. ‘Naked saying’—Languages, selves and ‘no-self’ in therapy – Sarah Luczaj
4. The fabric of acceptance - Matis Nimetz
5. Person-centred psychotherapy as a spiritual discipline: A critical examination – Martin van Kalmthout

Section 4: Personal Reflections and Workshops
Imagine that this page is pink - Tess Sturrock
1. Cathedrals: Places of discovery – Mary Green and Stephen Platten
2. Longing in practice: Prayer and therapy – Mary Hill and Suzanne Keys
3. Honouring spirituality in therapy - William West and Chris Jenkins
4. PRH: Towards a deeper experience of who I am - Robina Scott

Section 5: Christian Perspectives
1. Self-giving and self-actualizing: Christianity and the person-centred approach - Jeff Leonardi
2. Seeing eyes, royal priests and living temples: A biblical perspective on the role of the counsellor – Stephen Hitchcock
3. In the beginning there is community: Implications and challenges of the belief in a triune God and a person-centred approach – Peter F Schmid
4. To be what you really are in reformed theology – Jan van Blarikom

Section 6: Humanism
1. Whose heaven? The spiritual dimension in humanist counselling – Suzette van IJssel
2. An exploration of the relationship between humanism and Christianity in the practice of counselling – Jack Earl

A hearty welcome to a long-overdue acknowledgement of spirituality’s crucial role in human growth, healing, transformation and wholeness. Ecumenical in tone, Spirituality and Counselling includes insights from philosophy, religion, counselling, and creative arts. The authors invite us to journey through new definitions and unorthodox experiences of spirituality that challenge postmodern facilitators of human development. In their effort to articulate the ineffable knowings of transformation and spirituality, they demonstrate amazing openness, depth, and creativity. It is a must-read for counsellors and others exploring the shifting sands of truth and meaning. Peggy Natiello Person-centred counsellor, educator and author, Sedona, Arizona

Campbell Purton

Campbell Purton is Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Counselling Studies at the University of East Anglia, where he directs the Postgraduate Diploma/MA in Focusing and Experiential Psychotherapy. He is also a counsellor at the University Counselling Service. He has been a lecturer in philosophy, a therapist in private practice, and a director of the UEA Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling. He has published many articles in the areas of counselling, philosophy and Buddhist studies, and is the author of Person-Centred Counselling: The Focusing-Oriented Approach (Palgrave, 2004) and The Focusing-Oriented Counselling Primer (PCCS Books, 2007).

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Judy Moore

Judy Moore trained as a person-centred counsellor in the mid 1980s and taught on the postgraduate diploma in person-centred counselling at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, for many years.  She became Director of the University Counselling Service in 1998 and also became Director of the Centre for Counselling Studies, where she was involved in the development of counselling and focusing training and research until her retirement from UEA in 2013.  She continues to write as well as supervise postgraduate students and is a Certifying Coordinator of the Focusing Institute.

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