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Two new books of interest from The American Counseling Association (ACA):
Integrating Spirituality and Religion Into Counseling: A Guide to Competent Practice, Second Edition, edited by Craig S. Cashwell and J. Scott Young. The ACA noted: “An introductory text for counselors-in-training and clinicians, this book describes the knowledge base and skills necessary to effectively engage clients in an exploration of their spiritual and religious lives to further the therapeutic process. Through an examination of the 2009 ASERVIC Competencies and the use of evidence-based tools and techniques, it will guide you in providing ethical services to clients. It also includes numerous strategies for clinical application, and new chapters on mindfulness, ritual, 12-step spirituality, prayer and feminine spirituality.”
Girls’ and Women’s Wellness: Contemporary Counseling Issues and Interventions, by Laura Hensley Choate. The ACA wrote; “In this empowering resource, mental health counselors, counselor educators, and school counselors will find an abundance of practical strategies that can be used immediately in their daily practice. Each chapter includes assessment and intervention strategies, client handouts, workshop outlines, self-exploration activities, case studies with discussion questions, and recommended resources. Topics addressed include women’s development and mental health, self-esteem, body image, relational aggression in girls, sexual assault and intimate partner violence, college women’s experiences, life-work balance, spirituality, and concerns of mid-life and older women.”
Perhaps these books will be of interest.