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The Power of Spirituality in Therapy
February 07, 2010

– California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists

“A GROUNDBREAKING YET EMINENTLY USER-FRIENDLY TEXT…that will appeal to academicians, students, and ‘in-the-trenches’ practitioners alike. This is definitely of practical value to the real-world therapist. In short, Kahle and Robbins unapologetically but gracefully are not politically correct. IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A WIMPY, LET’S-ALL-JUST-GET-ALONG BOOK, THIS ONE MIGHT NOT BE FOR YOU.”
– Mark Odell, Ph.D., Director of Glacier Haven, Author of The Practical Practice of Marriage and Family Therapy: Things My Training Supervisor Never Told Me (Haworth) and If Only I Had Known: Avoiding Common Mistakes in Couples Therapy (W. W. Norton & Company), President of the Montana Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

The Power of Spirituality in Therapy: Integrating Spiritual and Religious Beliefs in Mental Health Practice has been used to train psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, therapists, and clergy in courses at countless universities, colleges, medical schools, and seminaries across the North American Continent. It can also be found in some of the most prestigious libraries around the world. Authors Peter A. Kahle and John M. Robbins draw from their numerous nationally acclaimed workshops to teach others how to successfully integrate the spiritual beliefs of their clients in healthy and ethically appropriate ways. This is a vitally important topic considering that a recent Gallup poll found that nearly two-thirds of Americans surveyed said they would prefer to receive counseling from a therapist who is religious. Section I, Jousting with the Pink Elephants, addresses the anti-spiritual/religious bias historically seen in academia (institutional aspiritualism), the poor training in the mental health fields in this area of diversity, and the subsequent apprehensions many clinicians have when it comes to discussing God with their clients (Godphobia). Section II, How Then Shall We Counsel, focuses on helping mental health professionals learn how they can assist their clients in making positive life changes consistent with their values and spiritual and/or religious orientations. You’ll definitely want to purchase this book, read it, and recommend it to your friends and colleagues because few professors in academia will likely demonstrate the bravery and open-mindedness needed to utilize this text in their classes. Paradox abounds!

“This work not only represents A CHALLENGE TO THERAPY’S GODPHOBIA, but it is also a HIGHLY PERSONAL, OFTEN BITINGLY FUNNY READ. With The Power of Spirituality in Therapy, Kahle and Robbins join the vanguard of mental health professionals who boldly take on psychology’s tradition of silence regarding spiritual issues. The authors are to be commended for their boldness and transparency in leading the reader through this very personal and unsettling journey.”
– Delane Kinney, Ph.D. Executive Director of The Salesmanship Club Youth and Family Centers, Past President of the Dallas Psychological Association.

“WHAT A GREAT READ AND IMPORTANT MESSAGE! Peter Kahle and John Robbins eloquently describe what we at Lutheran Social Services have learned in our experience of caring for over 10,000 emotionally disturbed children – that our clients can only become truly healed and whole when we focus on healing their mind, body, and spirit. Kahle and Robbins correctly articulate that spirituality has a rightful place in the psychotherapeutic healing process. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND ‘THE POWER OF SPIRITUALITY IN THERAPY’ to anyone interested in understanding why it is so vital to incorporate spirituality into their counseling practice.”
– Dr. Kurt Senske, CEO of Lutheran Social Services of the South, Author of both Executive Values and Personal Values (Augsburg Books)

- Dr. Richard P. Olson, Distinguished Professor of Pastoral Theology, Central Baptist Theological Seminary, in the Winter 2005 Edition of Review & Expositor, Volume 102, No. 1

“This book is INTERESTINGLY WRITTEN AND ENGROSSING. Kahle and Robbins make a compelling case that the field of psychology/human services has a serious problem in the disparity between the client’s beliefs, values, and needs in regard to spirituality, the therapists training, education, and willingness to address spiritual issues in the therapeutic setting. It is hoped that this slender volume will help awaken the field and help create motivation for change.”
– Human Service Education, Volume 26

“THE POWER OF SPIRITUALITY HAS BEEN TOO LONG COMING TO OUR FIELD. I FOUND THIS BOOK INSPIRING AND ENCOURAGING. Somewhat in the style of C. S. Lewis or G. K. Chesterton, the book is like an apologetic for using ‘God-language’ in therapy. Kahle and Robbins move us a step beyond the recent popularity of simply including ‘spirituality’ in therapy by integrating the Christian beliefs of clients as an ongoing part of therapy.”
– Bonnie Osmon, Ph.D., Professor, Graduate Counseling, Family and Biblical Studies, John Brown University, Past President of the Arkansas Association for Marriage & Family Therapy