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Title: Spiritual Resources in Families and Family Therapy An Introduction


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Spiritual Resources in Familiesand Family
TherapyAn Introduction
  • Froma Walsh, PhD

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Program Overview
  • An Introduction
  • Spirituality Intertwined Professional
    Personal Journey
  • Core Principles in Practice with Couples and
    Families
  • From Spiritual Diversity to Spiritual Pluralism
  • Morning - Part 1 Spiritual Resources in Families
    and Family Therapy
  • Morning - Part 2 Tapping Spiritual Resources in
    Suffering, Healing, and Resilience
  • Afternoon - Part 3 Spiritual Resources in
    Recovery from Traumatic Loss Video and
    Discussion

3
Professional Influences
  • Mental Health Field --Clinical Training
  • Don't Ask / Don't tell
  • University Of Chicago -- Family Therapy Teaching
  • Cluster Theological Schools - Joint Degree
  • Chicago Theological Seminary, Meadville-Lombard
  • Resilience Research - Two key influences
  • Relationships
  • Religion / Spirituality

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  • Peace Corps
  • Morocco
  • International
  • Training
  • Consultation
  • Mental Health
  • Services

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Bio-Psycho-Social-Spiritual BeingsHolistic
Orientation to Practice
  • Spirituality
  • Involves streams of experience that
  • flow through all aspects of life
  • --- family and cultural heritage
  • -- personal / shared belief systems practices
  • -- ongoing couple / family transactions
  • -- dynamic processes over family life cycle
  • Influences beliefs about suffering and
  • pathways in healing and resilience
  • Can nourish and heal can be harmful

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Organized, institutionalized belief system ?
Shared moral values, codes for living ?
Contemplative Practices (e.g. Prayer,
meditation) ? Rituals, sacred texts, music ?
Faith Community, Clergy ? Belief in God, Higher
Power, Universal Spirit ? Belief in Afterlife -
Spiritual passage
Religion

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Spirituality
  • Transcendent, personal beliefs and practices
  • Active investment in daily life and
    relationships
  • Fosters meaning, wholeness, harmony
  • Deep Connection with all others, nature,
    universe
  • Most experience within organized religion
  • The heart and soul of religion (Pargament)
  • Religious or not, can find spiritual
    nourishment
  • Humanistic Values
  • Contemplative Practices, Rituals
  • Communion with Nature
  • Creative / Expressive Arts
  • Service to others Social Activism
  • Intimate Bonds, Kinship, Community

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Spirituality is Inherently Relational
  • Deep connection within the self and with all
    others
  • Intimate bonds and kinship network
  • Human community, all life, the universe
  • Interrelatedness of mind, body, spirit, and
    community
  • In counseling
  • For optimal mental health, relational wellbeing,
    and positive growth

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  • Multigenerational Family Life Cycle
  • Spirituality involves dynamic processes
  • that ebb and flow, and for many, change course
  • Between partners in couple relationship
  • over the life cycle and across the generations
  • Continuity and Change

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  • Importance of Multi-Faith Perspective
  • In Practice with Couples and Families
  • Growing Spiritual Diversity, Complexity
  • Selecting, Combining elements within / across
  • faith denominations, spiritual approaches
  • ? Non-Christian Faiths / in Euro-Christian
    society
  • Eastern, Indigenous spiritual beliefs / healing
    practice
  • often alongside Christianity
  • Secular Humanism "Spiritual but not Religious"
  • Interfaith couples Multifaith families
  • "Spiritual Linguini"

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Intertwining of Culture and Faith
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From Spiritual Diversity to Spiritual Pluralism
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