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(p. 51) Module 3—Spirituality (Sessions 7–9) 

(p. 51) Module 3—Spirituality (Sessions 7–9)
(p. 51) Module 3—Spirituality (Sessions 7–9)

Amy Weisman de Mamani

, Merranda McLaughlin

, Olivia Altamirano

, Daisy Lopez

, and Salman Shaheen Ahmad

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date: 27 January 2021

Mounting evidence indicates that religion/spirituality (R/S) have multiple mental and physical health benefits for those who practice them, including for individuals living with schizophrenia and their families. This chapter introduces the spirituality module, which is aimed at creating a collaborative family environment that may utilize R/S to facilitate recovery. The chapter includes a rationale and goals for addressing R/S in culturally informed therapy for schizophrenia, ways of exploring individual family members’ beliefs and values surrounding R/S, and helping to build up adaptive aspects of R/S coping while correcting maladaptive uses of R/S. Sharing meaningful prayers and symbols is encouraged to develop therapist understanding and to reinforce the benefits of R/S for clients. Differences in how family members perceive and practice R/S are explored, guided by detailed handouts. A case illustration of a Muslim American father–son pair demonstrates the process.

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