Whole Person Healthcare

by Ilene Ava Serlin, PhD, General Editor


With healthcare services becoming more specialized, fractured, and costly, consumers are demanding more integrative, effective treatments that address the physical, spiritual, and psychological aspects of illness and health. This whole person approach to healthcare is increasingly being offered by healthcare professionals and in facilities nationwide.

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August 2007


Pages 1128
Volumes 3
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Health & Wellness/Complementary and Alternative Health and Medicine

Introduced by two giants in the field of medicine, David Spiegel, M.D., of Stanford University and Dean Ornish, M.D., at the University of California, these volumes show how Western and non-Western healing practices—including yoga, meditation, QiGong, art, music, and dance therapy—are being integrated with modern Western medicine and psychology, in hospitals and at nontraditional healthcare facilities. Breaking research on this growing field is featured, as are observations by healthcare professionals who say the new approaches are helping patients—and also helping professionals rediscover their ancient role as healers. Each focused, practical chapter includes a Tool Kit for Change, summarizing major treatment points from a particular perspective. Examples of training templates, funded programs, and treatment protocols are included. Prevention and lifestyle are addressed, as are cures.


  • In this unique set of books, experts from across the country, at the forefront in their fields, explain how, how extensively, and why healthcare is changing to incorporate complementary practices, from yoga, meditation and QiGong, to art, music, and dance therapy. Breaking research on this growing field is featured, as are observations by healthcare professionals who say the new approaches are not only helping patients heal, but also helping professionals rediscover their ancient roles as healers of body, mind, and spirit. Examples of training templates, funded programs, and treatment protocols are included. Each of the focused, practical chapters offers a Tool Kit for Change, summarizing major treatment points from a particular perspective. Prevention and lifestyle are addressed, as are cures.
Table of Contents

Volume 1: Humanizing Healthcare
Foreword by Dean Ornish
Introduction: Whole Person Healthcare
Volume Editors Notes: DiCowden
Chapter 1: Health Care for the 21st Century
Chapter 2: Defining Integrative Healthcare
Chapter 3: Integrative Health and Loving Care: The Promise and the Limits
Chapter 4: Healing Environments in Integrative Healthcare
Chapter 5: Integrative Healthcare in Hospitals
Chapter 6: Integrative Healthcare in Rehabilitation
Chapter 7: Integrative Protocols: Integrating Philosophy and Practice in the Real World
Chapter 8: Integrative Healthcare and Marginalized Populations
Chapter 9: Integrative Healthcare and Education for Children
Chapter 10: Integrative Training of Professionals and Transdisciplinary Knowledge
Chapter 11: The International Classification of Functioning: Facilitating Integrative Health Care
Chapter 12: Risk Prevention and Patient Protection in Integrative Healthcare
Chapter 13: Dollars and Sense: Making It Happen (Part I)
Chapter 14: The Politics of Healthcare: Making It Happen (Part II)
About the General Editor
About the Volume Editors
About the Contributors
About the Advisers
Cumulative Index
Volume 2: Psychology, Spirituality and Healthcare
Foreword: Dean Ornish
Introduction: Whole Person Healthcare
Volume Editors Notes
Chapter 1: Clinical Health Psychology: From Hospital Practice into the Community
Chapter 2: Healthcare in the New Millenium: The Convergence of the Spa, Medical and Hospitality Industries
Chapter 3: The Biological Basis of Emotion
Chapter 4: Multi-Modal Imagery and Healthcare
Chapter 5: Meaning and Illness
Chapter 6: Spirituality, Health and Mental Health: A Holistic Model
Chapter 7: The Role of Clergy and Chaplains in Healthcare
Chapter 8: The Art and Science of Meditation
Chapter 9: Prayer and Intention in Distance Healing: Assessing the Evidence
Chapter 10: Yoga and Mind-Body Medicine
Chapter 11: QiGong for Health and Wellness
Chapter 12: The Psychological and Spiritual Challenges Inherent in Dying Well
Chapter 13: The Role of Rituals in Psychotherapy
An Afterword, Looking Forward
About the General Editor
About the Volume Editors
About the Contributors
About the Advisers
Cumulative Index
Volume III: The Arts and Health
Foreword: Dean Ornish
Introduction: Whole Person Healthcare
Volume Editors Introduction
Chapter 1: Applications of Art to Health
Chapter 2: History of the Arts and Health across Cultures
Chapter 3: Development of the Contemporary International Arts in Healthcare Field
Chapter 4: Hospital Artists in Residence Programs: Narratives of Healing
Chapter 5: The Science of Creativity and Health
Chapter 6: Arts Therapies: Whole Person Integrative Approaches
Chapter 7: Dance/Movement Therapy for the Whole Person
Chapter 8: Drama TherapyPast, Present and Future
Chapter 9: Poetry Therapy: Reclamation of Deep Language
Chapter 10: Spirituality, Hope and Music Therapy: A Treatment in Palliative Care
Chapter 11: Expressive Dance, Writing, Trauma, and Health: When Words Have a Body
Chapter 12: Art Therapy and the Soul
Chapter 13: Use of the Arts To Work With Stress And Trauma In The Israeli Context
Chapter 14: More than Words: Bringing the Arts into Clinical Psychology Training
About the General Editor
About the Volume Editors
About the Contributors
About the Advisers
Cumulative Index



"This work presents a vision of health care for the future that honors the whole person--mind, body, and spirit. The three volumes present the expertise of over 80 contributors and editors, who explore integrative approaches and whole person programs. Each has experience in some aspect of whole person health care. Each volume demonstrates the application of mind-body-spirit therapies in a variety of contexts and settings. Volume 1 presents the challenges of current health issues and health behaviors, lays the foundation for the practice of integrative therapies, and offers guides for practitioners in whole person health care. Volume 2 focuses on meaning in illness; the role of the psychological, cognitive, and spiritual aspects of health; and the partnering of health care institutions with spas, resorts, and residential communities. Volume 3 introduces the history and practices of art and ritual in healing. Each chapter concludes with a Tool Kit for Change from professional, participant, and global perspectives. Although other works on holistic health are available, none provides the comprehensive scope of this set. Extensively researched and referenced, it includes helpful figures, tables, and graphs. Highly recommended. Upper-level undergraduates through professionals/practitioners."—Choice

"Each of the three volumes covers a different topic: humanizing health care; psychology, spirituality, and health; and the arts and health. With help from doctors, lawyers, psychologists, public health officials, and other contributors, Serlin effectively conveys the message that integrative medicine may be the wave of the future. . . . [T]his set focuses more on the psychological side of integrative medicine than medicine in general. It would be suitable for a college-level audience with interest in complementary alternative medicine, public health, or psychology and psychiatry. It serves as both an introduction to various practices and presents suggestions on their implementations. . . . This set is recommended for academic and health sciences libraries."—Library Journal

"I would recommended this set of books for libraries in medical and nursing schools, colleges for training in the arts, and seminaries and clinical pastoral education settings. Each chapter offers enormous food for thought in how together we might improve our healthcare system for the good of the practitioners and the recipients of their care."—Catholic Library World

"The present collection should interest all health professionals concerned with the research and practice of integrative approaches, patients seeking to empower themselves, and health care policy makers. Students from diverse disciplines will certainly benefit from learning more about holistic health, and many of the different chapters in this book would be appropriate reading for university courses and seminars. . . . Readers can use this book to acquire new skills; even more important, the book will prompt practitioners to pay attention to the whole person, which in turn should result in better care. . . . Ilene Serlin should be commended for her colossal achievement in bringing together in one collection all these disciplines and for sowing the field with ideas for the future. This is a truly interdisciplinary effort including doctors, lawyers, psychologists, public health officials, and others."—PsycCRITIQUES

"Exhaustively researched and intelligently written, Whole Person Healthcare is an indispensible reference for anyone who's ready to help transform the healthcare system from the ground up."—Shift (Institute of Noetic Sciences)

"I highly recommend this series to psychologists and laypeople who are both interested in the future of humanistic psychology and the politics of 2lst-century healthcare."—The Humanistic Psychologist

"These 3 volumes advance a biopsychosocialspiritual model of the person and a holistic, integrative, multidisciplinary, multicultural, evidence-based approach to healthcare that addresses the complex interaction of these dimensions of health and illness. Whole Person Healthcare focuses on issues of existential meaning in illness, as well as the psychological, emotional, imaginal, metaphorical, and symbolic element of being human through the expressive and creative arts. This approach integrates behavior, cognition, and consciousness, takes into account the impact of lifestyle an health issues, educates patients to be informed consumers who practice prevention and self-care, relies on experiential and theoretical learning, and utilizes symbolic and nonverbal, as well as linear and verbal, modes of expression, data gathering, and verification in research and clinical practice. The whole person paradigm adds the spiritual, transcendent, or vertical dimension of personality to the biopsychosocial model currently being advanced at the levels of clinical practice and public policy. . . . [The authors] present a wide range of historical, theoretical, and practical examples from hospital-based, complementary and alternative mind-body therapies, and define a role for humanistic psychology and the expressive and creative studies in transforming the way healthcare is practiced."—The Humanistic Psychologist

"Dance/movement therapist and clinical psychologist Ilene Serlin has overseen the editing of this extensive, and well- done, three volume collection of essays and research findings to support the ever-growing holistic trend in healthcare. . . . The authors’ thoroughness and clarity is a stellar description of the effectiveness and power of dance/movement therapy. . . . Whole Person Healthcare is definitely worth knowing about as a resource, particularly as dance/movement therapists make progress in their efforts to be respected and valued in the wider world of health and healing. Dr. Serlin and the other dance/movement therapy authors have done the field a remarkable service with this offering."—American Dance Therapy

"It seems certain some of these texts will find their way as recommended reading in some of the more experimentally advanced training programs in the country. The material is indeed beyond the scope of what most psychologists are now practicing, but then again, California is almost always far ahead of what the rest of the country will catch up to at some later point."—Independent Practitioner


"Whole Person Healthcare is a glimpse into the future of healing. It is a magnificent effort, bringing together authorities who have made landmark contributions in fashioning a form of healthcare that honors all we are--body, mind, spirit. These volumes demand our attention, because no other approach to healing deserves to be called scientific or humane."—Larry Dossey, M.D., author of The Extraordinary Healing Power of Ordinary Things

"This three-volume set is a complete and useful guide to empowering the learner to provide whole person care. The authors and editors have done an excellent job taking an often gray subject and applying expertise to make it useful and practical. The work will help us prepare for the health care of the future, which will be whole person and healing oriented."—David Rakel, M.D., Director, UW Integrative Medicine, University of Wisconsin Medical School

"This ground-breaking collection edited by Ilene Serlin brings to full realization a remarkable new phase in the reunion of mind, body, and spirit."—Alan Combs, author of The Radiance of Being

"These volumes provide a thoughtful and comprehensive overview of what we now know about the ways our thoughts and feelings, the world we live in, and the way we approach it, can contribute to the progression of the illnesses that beset us. Its distinguished contributors also show us how we can use music, art, dance and, even more important, the creative power of our imagination and the blessings of spirituality, to improve our health and enhance our lives."—James S. Gordon, M.D., Chair, White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy (WHCCAMP), Director, The Center for Mind-Body Medicine

"The development of a Whole Person approach to Healthcare was one of the cornerstones of my Presidency of the American Psychological Association. I think that treating the whole person is at once the best way to both improve the quality of and access to healthcare, and to lower its cost. Whole Person Healthcare will foster a collaborative approach to healthcare. It will be and important tool, providing a summary of rigorous research, clinical case examples and a Tool Kit to promote interdisciplinary collaboration. It should be read by health students and professionals."—Ronald F. Levant, Ed.D., A.B.P.P., Dean & Professor of Psychology, University of Akron, 2005 President, American Psychological Association

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