Dissociation : Vol. 6, No. 1, p. 047-053 : Utilizing clergy in the treatment of multiple personality disorder

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Title: Dissociation : Vol. 6, No. 1, p. 047-053 : Utilizing clergy in the treatment of multiple personality disorder
Author: Bowman, Elizabeth S.; Amos, William E.
Abstract: Religious/existential issues arise frequently in the treatment of MPD, but therapists often feel reluctant or inadequate to address them. Collaboration with clergy can resolve specific religious questions efficiently while preventing ethical and boundary violations, and safeguarding against the inherent disturbance of therapeutic neutrality which accompanies disclosure of the therapist 's personal religious views. This article outlines types of counseling training and services by clergy and provides suggestions for locating appropriate clergy and initiating referrals. Four areas of clerical involvement in the treatment of MPD are discussed: 1) Traditional pastoral care (supportive listening, access to congregational support, transition from hospital to community). 2) Educating care givers about religious material. 3) Consultant for the treatment team (assessment of religious history, personal support of therapists). 4) Treatment interventions (long-term spiritual growth counseling, brief problem-focused religious counseling, performing rituals to celebrate resolution of abuse). Clinical examples of clergy-therapist collaboration are offered.
Description: p. 047-053
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1794/1544
Date: 1993-03


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