Clinical Perspectives on Meaning

Positive and Existential Psychotherapy

Editors: Russo-Netzer, Pninit, Schulenberg, Stefan E., Batthyany, Alexander (Eds.)

  • Provides a unique opportunity for discussing the therapeutic potentials of meaning and purpose
  • Integrates different perspectives on the science of meaning and how meaning may be cultivated in the therapeutic context, representing leading figures in the field
  • Analyzes a potential enhancement of mindfulness-based approaches, trauma treatment, CBT, terminal care, etc. through inclusion of the meaning and purpose dimension
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About this book

"Clinical Perspectives on Meaning: Positive and Existential Psychotherapy . . . is an outstanding collection of new contributions that build thoughtfully on the past, while at the same time, take the uniquely human capacity for meaning-making to important new places." - From the preface by Carol D. Ryff and Chiara Ruini

This unique theory-to-practice volume presents far-reaching advances in positive and existential therapy, with emphasis on meaning-making as central to coping and resilience, growth and positive change. Innovative meaning-based strategies are presented with clients facing medical and mental health challenges such as spinal cord injury, depression, and cancer. Diverse populations and settings are considered, including substance abuse, disasters, group therapy, and at-risk youth. Contributors demonstrate the versatility and effectiveness of meaning-making interventions by addressing novel findings in this rapidly growing and promising area. By providing broad international and interdisciplinary perspectives, it enhances empirical findings and offers valuable practical insights. Such a diverse and varied examination of meaning encourages the reader to integrate his or her thoughts from both existential and positive psychology perspectives, as well as from clinical and empirical approaches, and guides the theoretical convergence to a unique point of understanding and appreciation for the value of meaning and its pursuit. 

Included in the coverage:
 

·    The proper aim of therapy: Subjective well-being, objective goodness, or a meaningful life?

·         Character strengths and mindfulness as core pathways to meaning in life

·         The significance of meaning to conceptualizations of resilience and posttraumatic growth

·         Practices of meaning-making interventions: A comprehensive matrix

·         Working with meaning in life in chronic or life-threatening disease

·  Strategies for cultivating purpose among adolescents in clinical settings

·         Integrative meaning therapy: From logotherapy to existential positive interventions

·         Multiculturalism and meaning in existential and positive psychology   

·     Nostalgia as an existential intervention: Using the past to secure meaning in the present and the future

·         The spiritual dimension of meaning

 

Clinical Perspectives on Meaning redefines these core healing objectives for researchers, students, caregivers, and practitioners from the fields of existential psychology, logotherapy, and positive psychology, as well as for the interested public. 

About the authors

Pninit Russo-Netzer, Ph.D. is a researcher at the department of Counseling and Human Development, University of Haifa. Her main research and practice interests focus on meaning in life, positive psychology, spirituality and spiritual development, positive change and growth. Dr. Russo-Netzer is a practitioner of positive psychology, a logotherapist (Diplomate Clinician) and the chairperson of the Logotherapy Association in Israel. She serves as academic advisor and consultant to both academic and non-academic institutions, conducts workshops and develops training programs and curricula for various organizations on logotherapy, meaning in life, positive psychology, resilience and spirituality.

 

Stefan E. Schulenberg (Ph.D., Clinical Psychology-Clinical/Disaster Specialty Track) is a licensed psychologist in the state of Mississippi, a Professor in the University of Mississippi’s Psychology Department, and a Diplomate in Logotherapy. Dr. Schulenberg serves as the Director of the University of Mississippi’s Clinical-Disaster Research Center (UM-CDRC), an integrated research, teaching, and training center with emphases in disaster mental health and positive psychology. His research interests include clinical-disaster psychology, perceived meaning/purpose in life, positive psychology, and psychological assessment. He conducts workshops and provides training on disaster preparedness, psychological first aid, disaster response, meaning/purpose in life, resilience, and posttraumatic growth.

 

Alexander Batthyany holds the Viktor Frankl Chair for Philosophy and Psychology at the International Academy of Philosophy in the Principality of Liechtenstein. He teaches theory of Cognitive Science at Vienna University's Cognitive Science Program and Logotherapy and Existential Analysis at the Department of Psychiatry at Vienna Medical School. Since 2012, Batthyany is Visiting Professor for Existential Psychotherapy at the Moscow University Institute of Psychoanalysis. He is director of the Viktor Frankl Institute and the Viktor Frankl Archives in Vienna and first editor of the 14-volume Edition of the Collected Works of Viktor Frankl. Batthyany has published several books and articles. His works have been translated into more than ten languages. Batthyany lectures widely on philosophical and existential psychology, philosophy of mind, and theory of cognitive science.

Table of contents (21 chapters)

  • Clinical Perspectives on Meaning: Understanding, Coping and Thriving through Science and Practice

    Russo-Netzer, Pninit (et al.)

    Pages 1-13

  • The Proper Aim of Therapy: Subjective Well-Being, Objective Goodness, or a Meaningful Life?

    Metz, Thaddeus

    Pages 17-35

  • Seeing Life Through a Sacred Lens: The Spiritual Dimension of Meaning

    Pomerleau, Julie M. (et al.)

    Pages 37-57

  • Working with Meaning in Life in Mental Health Care: A Systematic Literature Review of the Practices and Effectiveness of Meaning-Centred Therapies

    Vos, Joel

    Pages 59-87

  • Making Meaning in the Context of Ethnopolitical Warfare: Secondary Control as a Resource

    Stagnaro, Emily (et al.)

    Pages 89-109

Buy this book

eBook $119.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-41397-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $159.00
price for Mexico
valid through 5 de noviembre de 2017
  • ISBN 978-3-319-41395-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Clinical Perspectives on Meaning
Book Subtitle
Positive and Existential Psychotherapy
Editors
  • Pninit Russo-Netzer
  • Stefan E. Schulenberg
  • Alexander Batthyany
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-41397-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-41397-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-41395-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 455
Number of Illustrations and Tables
5 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour
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