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Clinical applications of attachment to God theory.

Professor Maureen Miner

Since God has been conceptualised as an ideal attachment figure, there is emerging research demonstrating that a secure attachment to God is associated with lower levels of symptoms of Axis I and Axis II disorders.  These results suggest that it may be helpful to address spiritual attachment in therapy.  Attachment  themes are explicitly incorporated into Jeffrey Young’s Schema Therapy and Katherine Shear’s suggested intervention for complicated grief.  This paper proposes a modification of Schema Therapy, incorporating insights from Shear’s model of grief, and including insights from recent theorising about attachment to God
The process of Spiritually Modified Schema Therapy is described by means of a case study where the client exhibited symptoms of anxiety and complicated grief.  As a result of the case analysis implications for theory, research and practice are outlined.

Conflict of Interest: None disclosed
Financial Support/Funding: None disclosed
Recorded: Sydney, Australia, July 2008

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Professor Maureen Miner

Maureen Miner (M.Clin. Psych., PhD) is Chair of the UWS Psychology and Spirituality Society.  A lecturer in psychology at UWS, Maureen both teaches and researches in the field of the Psychology of Religion/Spirituality, and supervises student theses in this area. She also consults as a clinical psychologist with clients having a religious worldview.  Current collaborative research projects include the antecedents of burnout and job satisfaction in church leaders; impact of attachment to God on psychological health; and the development of measures of Islamic attachment to God and spirituality.

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