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Meaning in Life

An Evidence-Based Handbook for Practitioners

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03 July 2018

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31 July 2018

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This inspiring, insightful new text provides a practical guide to helping clients live a meaningful and satisfying life despite the challenges they may be facing.

Divided into three parts, it starts by drawing on empirical...

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This inspiring, insightful new text provides a practical guide to helping clients live a meaningful and satisfying life despite the challenges they may be facing.

Divided into three parts, it starts by drawing on empirical research to demonstrate the effectiveness of meaning-oriented practice and reviews a large body of literature on meaning in a wide-range of psychological and philosophical approaches, translating this into specific recommendations for practitioners. It continues by exploring the basic skill set required for working effectively in this area – from how to assess clients’ needs and address issues of meaning, to specific existential, phenomenological and mindfulness skills. Finally, it provides a step guide to applying the skills to clinical practice with the support of examples and case studies from a range of professions.

In what is still an emerging area of practice, this text stands alone as a comprehensive source of reference for both students and practitioners across the full range of people professions.

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  • Includes 'implications for practice' boxes that connect theory to practice

  • Uniquely grounded in empirical, tangible research which allows for clear practice guidance

  • It takes a multidisciplinary approach, with case studies and examples from a range of disciplines

  • A key issue and subject to be explored in the counselling room

Introduction
Part I: Scientific foundations: meaning in life for sceptics.- 1. Traditional Approaches to Meaning
2. A pragmatic-phenomenological approach to meaning
3. Research on the meaning of meaning
4. Research on meaning-centered practices
 
Part II: Practical foundations: practitioner skills 5. Pluralistic Framework
6. Meaning-Centered Assessment Skills
6. Meaning-Specific Skills
7. Relational Skills
8. Phenomenological, experiential and mindfulness skills
9. Existential skills
Part III: A ten-session treatment manual: Meaning-Centered Groups for Physically Ill Individuals
10. Overview of treatment
11. Individual assessment session
12. Session 1: introduction to meaning in life
13. Session 2: Changes in meaning in life
14. Session 3: Resilience as source of meaning
15. Session 4: material-hedonic sources of meaning
16. Session 5: self-o
riented sources of meaning
17. Session 6: Social sources of meaning
18. Session 7: Higher sources of meaning
19. Session 8: Being-here as source of meaning
20. Session 9: Experiencing meaning in daily life and how to do it
21. Session 10: Ending and a new beginning
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Dr Joel Vos is psychologist and philosopher. He is Director of the online education, therapy and research platform Meaning Online. He is an internationally recognised researcher on meaning in life, and is chairman of the IMEC International Meaning Conferences. Dr Vos gives lectures, training and supervision at universities and mental health services in the United Kingdom and abroad, such as the Metanoia Institute and the New School for Psychotherapy and Counselling in London. He has worked as Deputy Director of the Centre for Research in Social and psychological Transformation at the University of Roehampton, and as researcher at Leiden University and Amsterdam Vrije Universiteit. www.joelvos.com

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Dr Joel Vos is psychologist and philosopher. He is Director of the online education, therapy and research platform Meaning Online. He is an internationally recognised researcher on meaning in life, and is chairman of the IMEC International Meaning Conferences. Dr Vos gives lectures, training and supervision at universities and mental health services in the United Kingdom and abroad, such as the Metanoia Institute and the New School for Psychotherapy and Counselling in London. He has worked as Deputy Director of the Centre for Research in Social and psychological Transformation at the University of Roehampton, and as researcher at Leiden University and Amsterdam Vrije Universiteit. www.joelvos.com

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