Religions 2012, 3(1), 82-98; doi:10.3390/rel3010082
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Spiritual and Religious Issues in Psychotherapy with Schizophrenia: Cultural Implications and Implementation

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Received: 18 February 2012; in revised form: 6 March 2012 / Accepted: 6 March 2012 / Published: 12 March 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Religions and Psychotherapies)
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Abstract: The topics of spirituality and psychotherapy have often been controversial in the literature on schizophrenia treatment. However, current research indicates many potential benefits of integrating issues of religion and spirituality into psychotherapy for individuals with schizophrenia. In this paper, implications are presented for incorporating spiritual and religious issues in psychotherapy for individuals with schizophrenia. A background on the integration of spirituality into the practice of psychotherapy is discussed. The literature on spiritually-oriented psychotherapy for schizophrenia is provided. Clinical implications are offered with specific attention to issues of religious delusions and cultural considerations. Lastly, steps for implementing spiritually-oriented psychotherapy for individuals with schizophrenia are delineated to assist providers in carrying out spiritually sensitive care.
Keywords: religion; spirituality; schizophrenia; psychotherapy; culture; rehabilitation; recovery; religious delusions

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Mizock, L.; Millner, U.C.; Russinova, Z. Spiritual and Religious Issues in Psychotherapy with Schizophrenia: Cultural Implications and Implementation. Religions 2012, 3, 82-98.

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Mizock L, Millner UC, Russinova Z. Spiritual and Religious Issues in Psychotherapy with Schizophrenia: Cultural Implications and Implementation. Religions. 2012; 3(1):82-98.

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Mizock, Lauren; Millner, Uma Chandrika; Russinova, Zlatka. 2012. "Spiritual and Religious Issues in Psychotherapy with Schizophrenia: Cultural Implications and Implementation." Religions 3, no. 1: 82-98.

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