Academic journal article Journal of Psychology and Christianity

Buddhist Psychology and Cognitivebehavioral Therapy

Academic journal article Journal of Psychology and Christianity

Buddhist Psychology and Cognitivebehavioral Therapy

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BUDDHIST PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE-BEHAVIORAL THERAPY . A Clinician's Guide, Donald Tirch, Laura R. Silberstein, Russell L. Kolts, Guilford Press: New York, New York, 2016, Pp 266, $40.00 . Reviewed Emma W. Hager (Roberts Wesleyan College/Rochester, NY).

This book presents an introduction to the concepts of Buddhism for mental health clinicians, especially regarding mindfulness and compassion. It assumes a working knowledge of cognitive-behavioral therapy, and would be a useful tool for CBT therapists looking to incorporate these precepts into their practice. In recent years there has been an expanded interest in the use of mindfulness in mental health practice in general. The heavily-zen influenced DBT is one such example of the integration of Buddhist concepts into mainstream therapy practice. Research has also begun to support the efficacy of such an approach in the treatment of psychopathology, and the benefits of Buddhist-based practices on the brain are being demonstrated. This book presumes that the reader has little prior knowledge of Buddhism, however. This makes it an excellent resource for the Christian clinician, who may not already be familiar with Buddhism as a faith. However, many of the concepts are relatable to the Christian faith, such as the importance of compassion.

The authors have structured the book in ten chapters: Introduction to the Functional Relationship between Buddhist Psychology and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy; The Foundational Elementals of Buddhist Psychology; The Middle Path and Adaptive Conduct; The Middle Path, Mental Discipline, and wisdom; Mindfulness as a Foundation in Buddhist Psychology and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy; Mindfulness as a Context for the Cultivation of Compassion; Cultivating the Compassionate Mind in Buddhist Psychology and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy; Behavioral Bodhisattavas: Systematic Compassion Interventions; Deeper in the Middle Path Evidence Base; and The Question of Enlightenment and Case Formulation. …

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