The Healing Virtues: Character Ethics in Psychotherapy

Paperback | February 20, 2016

byDuff R. Waring

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The Healing Virtues explores the intersection of psychotherapy and virtue ethics - with an emphasis on the patient's role within a healing process. It considers how the common ground between the therapeutic process and the cultivation of virtues can inform the efforts of both therapist andpatient. The ethics of psychotherapy revolve partly around what therapists should or should not do as well as the sort of person that therapists should be: e.g., empathic, prudent, compassionate, respectful, and trustworthy. Contemporary practitioners have argued for therapist virtues that are relevant toassisting the patient's efforts in a healing process. But the ethics of a therapeutic dialogue can also revolve around the sort of person the patient should be. Within this book, Duff R. Waring argues that there is a case for patient virtues that are relevant to dealing with the problems in livingthat arise in psychotherapy, e.g., honesty, courage, humility, perseverance. The central idea is that treatment may need to build virtues while it ameliorates problems. Hence, the patient's work in psychotherapy can both challenge character strengths and result in their further development. The book is unique in bringing the topic of virtue ethics to the psychotherapeutic encounter, and will be of interest to psychotherapists, philosophers, and psychiatrists.

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The Healing Virtues explores the intersection of psychotherapy and virtue ethics - with an emphasis on the patient's role within a healing process. It considers how the common ground between the therapeutic process and the cultivation of virtues can inform the efforts of both therapist andpatient. The ethics of psychotherapy revolve...

Duff R. Waring (B.A., M.A., LL.B., Ph.D.) is a philosopher/lawyer who specialized in mental health law and psychiatric patient advocacy. He teaches currently in the Philosophy Department at York University where he specializes in ethics, bioethics, and philosophy of psychiatry. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pagesPublished:February 20, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199689148

ISBN - 13:9780199689149

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Psychotherapy and the moderate skeptic's challenge3. Epistemic virtues in psychotherapy and the moderate skeptic's challenge4. Reparative ethics: the nexus between mental health and moral virtue5. Psychotherapy and the virtuous patient6. The responsibilities of patients in a psychotherapeutic healing project7. Four psychotherapoes and the triadic analysis8. Caveats, summations, and stones left unturned