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Spirituality and Religion in Recovery from Mental Illness: New Directions for Mental Health Services, Number 80

Roger D. Fallot (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-7879-4708-8
105 pages
December 1998, Jossey-Bass
Spirituality and Religion in Recovery from Mental Illness: New Directions for Mental Health Services, Number 80 (0787947083) cover image


It is essential to pay attention to the religious and spiritual side of clients' experiences in order to create mental health services that are holistic and genuinely responsive to clients' needs. Drawing on first-hand accounts of consumers as well as on current research, this volume of New Directions for Mental Health Services illustrates the ways that spirituality--whether defined traditionally or in the broadest holistic sense--can be an active part of recovery.

The authors describe innovative collaborations among faith communities, mental health organizations and agencies, and people with mental illness--and offer specific guidelines for developing such relationships more fully. They also review existing research that demonstrates a positive connection between spirituality and well-being and suggest future directions for increasing the integration of spirituality into mental health services.

This is the 80th issue of the quarterly journal New Directions for Mental Health Services.

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Table of Contents

1. The Place of Spirituality and Religion in Mental Health Services. (Roger D. Fallot)

2. Assessment of Spirituality and Implications for Service Planning. (Roger D. Fallot)

3. Recoiling, Regrouping, and Recovering: First-Person Accounts of the Role of Spirituality in the Course of Serious Mental Illness. (W. Patrick Sullivan)

4. Spiritual and Religious Dimensions of Mental Illness Recovery Narratives. (Roger D. Fallot)

5. Religious-Issues Group Therapy. (Nancy C. Kehoe)

6. Spiritual Dimensions of a Mind-Body Group for People with Severe Mental Illness. (David W. Freeman, Rebecca M. Wolfson, Urs Affolter)

7. The Faith Community as a Support for People with Mental Illness. (Jennifer Shifrin)

8. Research on Religion and Serious Mental Illness. (Harold G. Koenig, David B. Larson, Andrew J. Weaver)

9. RecommAndations for Integrating Spirituality in Mental Health Services. (Roger D. Fallot)

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Author Information

ROGER D. FALLOT is co-director of Community Connections and a member of the adjunct faculty in pastoral counseling at Loyola College in Maryland.
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