Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Canadian Scholars’ Press
Approx. 400 pages

June 2019
Print ISBN: 9781773381213
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A practical and insightful guide, Holistic Healing investigates the practices, theories, research, and history of holistic approaches as it relates to a wide range of health care and human service professionals. This text offers a uniquely comparative and integrated understanding of both ancient and modern Indigenous, Eastern, and Western traditional practices, including bodywork, expressive arts, energy medicine, eco-psychology, transpersonal psychology, naturopathy, homeopathy, Ayurveda, traditional Chinese medicine, and Indigenous healing practices. Practitioners and scholars in health, nutrition, psychology, and social work contribute to research that focuses on individual, organizational, national, and global holistic intervention applications. Chapters in this collection address critical issues such as colonization, human rights, the environment, peace and conflict, and equity and inclusion. This collection is a timely and practical resource for students of undergraduate health, social work, sociology, holistic healing, and psychology programs and is also a great resource for professional practitioners.

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Table of Contents

Section I: An Overview of Holistic Healing

Chapter 1: Holistic Healing: A Growing Transformative Field, Peter A. Dunn

Chapter 2: Indigenous/Anishinaabek Wholistic Healing, Kathy Absolon, with Jo-Anne Absolon and Lana Brasher

Chapter 3: Traditional Holistic Healing Practices from Around the World, Roy Moodley and Huma Shireen

Chapter 4: Western Holistic Counselling, Doreen Maller, Jason Butler, Gary Hoeber, and Shari Derksen

Section II: Modules of Healing

Chapter 5: Contemplative Practices, Timothy Gordon

Chapter 6: Bodywork: Reconnecting Body, Mind, Emotions, and Spirit, Linda Turner

Chapter 7: A Peek into the World of Energy Medicine, Roxana Roshon

Chapter 8: Expressive Arts: Instruments for Individual and Community Change, Nancy Riedel Bowers and Olena Helen Darewych

Chapter 9: Transpersonal Healing, Harris Friedman

Chapter 10: Ecopsychology: Theory, Practice, and Reciprocity in Healing with Nature, Michelle Brans

Chapter 11: Holistic Health and Nutrition 11.1 Ayurveda Health, Neelam Toprani

11.2 Indigenous Wholistic Well Being and Healing, Banakonda Kennedy-Kish Bell

11.3 Naturopathy, Homeopathy, and Natural Medicine, Iva Lloyd

11.4 Traditional Chinese Medicine, Dylan Kirk and Enwei Li

Chapter 12: Global, National, and Community Healing, Nathan Funk and Jennifer Ball

Section III: Transformation, Integration, and Conclusions

Chapter 13: Holistic Interventions for Dealing with Human Service Worker Stress and Burnout, Meg Jordan

Chapter 14: Examples of Innovative Individual, Organizational, and National Holistic Healing>

14.1 Body as Home: A Critical Somatic Approach to Working with Homeless Youth, Rae Johnson

14.2 Ganohkwasra Family Assault Support Services, Sandra Montour and Julie Bomberry

14.3 Wellwood, K. Jane George and Norma Frankoff

14.4 Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Healing, Brian Rice

Chapter 15: Transforming University Education, Neal Klein and Jan Wall

Chapter 16: Integration and Conclusions, Peter A. Dunn

Peter A. Dunn

Peter Dunn is a retired Associate Professor in the Faculty of Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University.


“I really enjoyed reading this book – it is easy to follow and read. The inclusion of Indigenous authors is appreciated as often they are included as a token rather than a focus. This book highlights the value of Indigenous knowledges and is mindful to address oppression and to include and integrate anti-oppressive practices and approaches.”

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