Psychotherapy

UnderANDING

Author
J A T
Abstract
There is a documented need for caring education regarding patients with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) for nursing students and nursing staff. The autism spectrum population is increasing, one in 59 children in the United States as reported by the CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network (as cited in Baio et al., 2018). Nurses are expected to provide appropriate care, showing respect and understanding at all times to both the client and family. Through lack of knowledge and misunderstanding the ASD population has not been given this care. Based on Watson’s Theory of Caring, an educational ASD caring program was created for a summer session Family Nurse Practitioner assessment class. This educational program provided basic knowledge of ASD and appropriate communication skills for caregivers, guided by caring science concepts. Using the Caring Factor Survey-Care Provider Version, Short Version (CFS-CPV) by Nelson, Thiel, Hozak, and Thomas (2016), and the Autism Knowledge Survey-Revised (AKS-R) by Swiezy, Stuart, and Ashby (2005), student perceived ability to care and student knowledge of ASD were measured. Nursing curriculums and continuing education offerings should include knowledge related to working with special populations, such as those with communication disorders. Nursing practice guided by caring science principles help nurses to build authentic relationships with patients and families resulting in better health outcomes. THIS WAS PLACED IN INCORRECT LOCATION. PLEASE DISMISS. Thank you.

ADAPTERS: A Meta-Theoretical Conceptualization of Human Functioning and Therapeutic Intervention

Author
Gary W McDonald D.Min.
Abstract
Counselors utilizing eclectic and integrative approaches need a sound theoretical model on which to base their work. For the Christian counselor, this model must be biblically based as well as psychologically accurate. Although there are hundreds of models of psychotherapy, and many conceptualizations of integration, there exists a need for an overarching meta-theory to provide structure to these various approaches and guide effective interventions. The thesis was a theoretical development project. The author developed a comprehensive model of human functioning and therapeutic intervention that provides support for counselors utilizing eclectic or integrative approaches to therapy. The art and science of therapeutic intervention covers a wide spectrum of theory and practice.

An Exploration of Spiritual Formation to Increase Awareness and Attachment to God, Self and Others

Author
Susanne Ursula Baldeosingh D.Min.
Abstract
ABSTRACT
The purpose of this portfolio was to explore spiritual formation through lectio Divina, spiritual direction and a focus group to increase awareness of attachment to God, self and others. The portfolio includes a spiritual autobiography (Chapter 2) that traces my life story and God’s presence in it. This is a wonderful tool in becoming more spiritually aware of the many movements of God throughout one’s lifetime. This is followed by a spiritual formation model (Chapter 3) that helps believers to answer the question Jesus asks, “Who do you say that I am?” Along with, “Who do you say that you are?” The model assists believers to explore their responses to these questions. Then a field research project (Chapter 4) is offered that tests the effectiveness of the model through the experience of five participants over a ten-day period.
The results of the project found in Chapter 4, points to a more secure attachment to God, self and others which was reported by four out of the five participants. Spiritual direction was well received by all participants. Participants also appreciated the mentoring provided and having the experience of someone listening with them for the movement of the Holy Spirit in their lives. All participants felt they would have benefitted more if the project was longer in length. They suggested a time span of three months. Four of the five participants expressed a desire to continue studying using various components of the project. They stated it provided what was missing in their ability to increase attachment to God, self and others.

Betrayal trauma recovery hope infusion: seminar for persons affected by clergy sexual misconduct

Author
Gail L Campbell-Klinesmith
Abstract
The project's purpose was to develop recovery materials for persons affected by clergy sexual misconduct and have those materials evaluated by members of a holiness movement who had experienced that betrayal trauma. The evaluators were provided with a written and verbal presentation of the H.O.P.E. Infusion Betrayal Trauma Seminar materials, and assessed its impact psychologically, cognitively, and spiritually. The results were measured statistically and by personal response. The results indicate agreement with the content of the seminar materials related to the betrayal trauma experienced, and to the seminar's value in addressing the facilitation of recovery from clergy sexual misconduct.

Psychotherapy by clergy in a parochial setting

Author
Robert W Odierna
Abstract
Clergy psychotherapists in parochial settings face crucial questions: Is it appropriate to conduct long-term psychotherapy? Should psychotherapy be conducted with parishioners? Can psychotherapy be effective? This project examines these issues using investigative research and systematic analysis. Psychotherapeutic principles criticize methods that compromise boundaries. In the parochial setting dual role relationships and symbiotic drives compromise the therapist's anonymity and neutrality. The project argues that these dynamics become opportunities for interpretation and analysis. The project proposes strategies and parameters to aid the psychotherapeutic process. Effective pastoral psychotherapy can be accomplished when issues are managed with care and caution.

The dream in the psychotherapeutic practice

Author
Gretchen W Janssen
Abstract
The author's premise is that intentional attention to dreams, dream series and patterns provides both client and therapist with valuable information from the client's psyche not otherwise available. Through in-depth discussion of a case study and other dream examples from her own clinical work, the author illustrates how dream analysis provided invaluable guidance for determining diagnosis, unlocking repressed trauma and core issues, developing ego strengths, identifying transferences, defenses and resistances, identification of timing when issues could best be uncovered and worked through, confirmed growth and change and facilitated deeper self-understanding for the dreamer.

Play as a paradigm of meaning-making in child psychotherapy

Author
Mary C Ehrgood
Abstract
This project integrates the theories of Matthew Fox's concept of co-creation and Donald Winnicott's concept of transitional space to evaluate the psychotherapeutic theory and practice of Anna Freud, Melanie Klein, and Virginia Axline. The goal was to construct a theologically and psychologically coherent model of child pastoral psychotherapy. The need for theological and psychological integration in the determination of psychotherapeutic method applies to pastoral psychotherapy with adults as well as with children.
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