Spiritual growth through journal writing as a therapeutic intervention with victims of post-traumatic stress disorder
Fecha de publicación1989
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This book describes the use of Intensive Journal Writing as a spiritual development mechanism for Vietnam War combat veterans who are Post-traumatic Stress Disorder victims. The work is composed of six chapters, a bibliography and three appendices.
Chapter One describes the trauma of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and addresses the therapeutic task of healing. It identifies a holistic approach to recovery which needs a spiritual development component. Intensive Journal Writing is suggested as the means to accomplish this objective.
Chapter Two presents a description of the physiological and psychological effects of stress. Effective coping mechanisms and stress management techniques are evaluated. The importance of a well-developed value system and belief structure is emphasized. Devotional resources are considered as a fundamental ingredient in productive stress management.
Chapter Three reviews the biblical concept of prayer and the implications of spiritual development for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder victims. Attention is drawn to the response of God to prayers of petition. The work of the Holy Spirit in the justifying activity of faith is described. An emphasis on the nature of Christian spirituality as a way of living is proposed.
Chapter Four reviews theological perspectives which pertain to Intensive Journal Writing as a psychological and spiritual development resource. As the revealed activity of God becomes the work of redemption, healing activity is defined. Hope for the future, which transforms the present, is viewed as the key to dynamic Christian living.
Chapter Five presents the Intensive Journal Writing technique of Ira Progoff. The use of this Journal Writing system as a part of a Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Rehabilitation Program is described. Special consideration is given to the spiritual dimension of journal development.
Chapter Six demonstrates that Intensive Journal Writing is a productive means of spiritual development. The deepening character of Journal Writing is described as a method of stress reduction, spiritual development and healing. Review of the life events of war combat veterans through Intensive Journal Writing encourages therapeutic growth and renewed hope for living.
Appendix I contains the Stress Recovery Treatment Program Schedule. Appendix II is a Journal Writing Guide developed for use in a Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Rehabilitation Program. Appendix III is a guided imagery audio tape of meditations to be used by combat war veterans continuing Journal Writing activity following the formal program.