David Lukoff

David Lukoff
Sofia University · Psy.D. Program in Clinical Psychology

PhD

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Religion and spirituality (R/S) are important aspects of human diversity that should be explicitly addressed in the field of psychology. The field has already included R/S in its definitions of multiculturalism, but while multicultural training is routinely included in doctoral level psychology course work and internship programs, it rarely include...
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This chapter reviews theories and empirical evidence on relations between religion and spirituality (R/S), and mental health, a topic of increasing interest to public health.
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This article is a reflection on my journey to become a clinical psychologist following a psychotic episode in which I believed I was a reincarnation of Buddha and Christ with a mission to write a new “Holy Book.” But this 2-month episode also served as my spiritual awakening. It transformed me from being a secularist, totally unconcerned with issue...
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Aikido is a martial art that originated in Japan and incorporates meditation and breathing techniques from Zen Buddhism. Like all martial arts, it requires mindful concentration and physical exertion. In addition, it is a compassion practice that also provides a spiritual perspective and includes social touch. These components make Aikido a unique...
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Religion and spirituality are important aspects of human diversity that should receive adequate attention in cultural competence training for psychologists. Furthermore, spiritual and religious beliefs and practices are relevant to psychological and emotional well-being, and clinicians who are trained to sensitively address these domains in their c...
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According to Gallup polls, more than 40 percent of Americans report having had a profound religious experience or awakening that changed the direction of their lives. What are the potential mental, spiritual, and even physical benefits of following the call to take a particular path in life? This standout book addresses the full range of calling ex...
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This study sought to understand the context in which Psycho-Spiritual Integrative Therapy (PSIT), a group intervention, promotes varying degrees of spiritual growth and quality of life change in breast cancer survivors. A secondary aim was to explore the relationship between spiritual well-being (SWB) and Quality of Life (QL) in PSIT participants....
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The editor of Spirituality in Clinical Practice, Lisa Miller, invited me to reflect on my career over the past 35 years focused on integrating spirituality into public mental health. Woven into this account is the story behind a recently developed spiritual assessment interview that I developed for use in many California county mental health agenci...
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This chapter offers a transpersonal perspective on non-ordinary states of consciousness as they relate to mental health. This entails a discussion of the commonalities and differences among transpersonal theorists on the nature of extraordinary human states, as well as on how a transpersonal view relates to mainstream psychology. The discussion is...
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It is clear from polls of the general public that religion and spirituality are important in most people's lives. In addition, the spiritual and religious landscape is becoming increasingly diverse, with nearly a fifth of people unaffiliated with a religion, and increasing numbers of people identifying themselves as spiritual, but not religious. Re...
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Introduction: V62.89Religious or Spiritual Problem [10]: Use of Religious or Spiritual Problem V CodePersonality Disorders [43]PTSD [49]Substance use Disorders [53]Psychotic Disorders [54]Summary and Conclusions [56]References
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The International Transpersonal Association (ITA) was formed in 1978 for the purposes of promoting education and research in transpersonal subjects, as well as sponsoring global conferences for the international transpersonal community. The association was subsequently dissolved in 2004, but is now in the process of being reactivated and revitalize...
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Visionary Spiritual ExperiencesCross-Cultural and Historical Perspectives on VSESUnusual Experiences in VSESDifferential Diagnosis between Psychotic Disorders and VSEsTreatment of VSEsInterventionsConclusion
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Mental health systems in this country are undergoing a quiet revolution. Former patients and other advocates are working with mental health providers and government agencies to incorporate spirituality into mental healthcare. While the significance of spirituality in substance abuse treatment has been acknowledged for many years due to widespread r...
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Research on predicting and preventing episodes of schizophrenia and mood disorder lacks consistent, specific definitions of episodes. We present an operational system for identifying relapse, exacerbation, and remission of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder within longitudinal studies that involve repeated symptom assessments. Three major classes o...
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Clinicians increasingly acknowledge that they need to take patients' spiritual lives and experiences into account, yet few have been trained in assessing or working with spiritual issues. The importance of understanding religious and spiritual problems and of developing effective treatment approaches is recognized as a core competency of psychiatri...
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Our lives have become intertwined with computer-mediated communication. The Internet, arguably the most potent infotechnology ever created, is changing what it means to be human. It is having both positive and negative effects on health. The Internet is potentially a vehicle for expanding consciousness, yet is also a trigger of socially deviant beh...
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As a group, mental health professionals are not ahead of the curve in learning Internet skills. Unlike medicine, where computers have become a part of everyday clinical practice, they are not as ubiquitous in mental health settings, where often only the receptionist uses a terminal. This article presents a guide that has been used to teach the Ment...
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Discusses the importance of religious and spiritual issues in mental health care. The authors outline types of religious and spiritual problems, as well as religious-spiritual problems concurrent with mental disorders. It is concluded that mental health professionals have not paid enough attention to religious and spiritual issues in clinical pract...
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To undertake a systematic analysis of case reports involving religious or spiritual issues published between 1980 and 1996. MEDLINE, the National Library of Medicine's bibliographic database covering the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and the preclinical sciences. A search of 4,306,906 records indexed on MEDLINE from 1...
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This article argues that the case study design is a research method capable of providing valuable data and insight into alternative therapies. The background and roots of the case study in medicine and clinical practice are covered, and the status of the case study as a scientific method is examined. The highly regarded randomized controlled clinic...
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Religious or Spiritual Problem is a new diagnostic category (Code V62.89) in the 1994 Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Although the acceptance of this new category was based on a proposal documenting the extensive literature on the frequent occurrence of religious and spiritual issues in clinical practice, the impetus for the...
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This article discusses three ways that psychologists are mythologists. First, psychologists are mythmakers when taking the role of psychotherapists. The revised life-story narrative or personal mythology that they coauthor with the patient during therapy often contains elements of classic myths. Second, psychologists function as comparative mytholo...
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Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology 4.1 (1997) 75-77 Jackson and Fulford have written an impor-tant paper which addresses an area of increasing interest in the United States -- the relationship between religious/spiritual experiences and psychopathology. Using primarily the Present State Examination as the diagnostic framework, the authors describ...
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Scott Peck, a psychiatrist who has written several books on the spiritual dimensions of life, including the best-selling The Road Less Traveled, gave an invited address which drew a standing-room only audience at the 1992 Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association. He pronounced that psychiatrists are "ill-equipped" to deal with either...
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A new diagnostic category entitled religious or spiritual problem has been included in the fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) under Other Conditions That May Be a Focus of Clinical Attention. Along with several other changes, this category contributes significantly to the greater cultural sensitivit...
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A new diagnostic category entitled religious or spiritual problem has been included in the fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) under Other Conditions That May Be a Focus of Clinical Attention. Along with several other changes, this category contributes significantly to the greater cultural sensitivit...
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Focuses on the topic of spirituality as it appears in a review of the research on healing. Spirituality has been an increasingly mentioned concept in therapeutic literature. The authors present selected abstracts covering the following topics: spirituality of the general public and mental health professionals, phenomenology of spiritual life, asses...
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In theory, research, and practice, mental health professionals have tended to ignore or pathologize the religious and spiritual dimensions of life. This represents a type of cultural insensitivity toward individuals who have religious and spiritual experiences in both Western and non-Western cultures. After documenting the "religiosity gap" between...
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Conducted an extensive literature review related to developing a diagnostic category, "Psychoreligious or Psychospiritual Problem," for the forthcoming Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-IV (DSM-IV). Psychoreligious experiences are defined as those that a person finds troubling or distressing and that involve the beliefs and prac...
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Sexual side effects of antipsychotic medications, which include disturbances of erection and ejaculation, changes in libido, and priapism in men and decreased libido, orgasmic dysfunction, and menstrual irregularities in women, are estimated to occur in 30 to 60 percent of persons taking the drugs. The authors review side effects associated with sp...
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Reviews the literature over a 10-yr period (1980–1990) concerning trends in researching psychoactive substances (PSs) and transpersonal states (TSs). The focus is on methods and designs employed in investigations. Specific issues highlighted include the idea that transpersonal experiences and behavior can be studied scientifically, the use of PSs (...
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In this prospective, longitudinal study, 11 recent-onset schizophrenic outpatients who met criteria for psychotic relapse or significant psychotic exacerbation during a 1-year period of standardized maintenance medication, and 19 patients who did not relapse during this follow-up period, were interviewed monthly regarding life events. As hypothesiz...
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Describes research resources (private collections and archives) for transpersonal psychology and provides a progress report on the development of computerized reference data bases in the field. Key developers of these information resources were contacted and interviewed, and descriptions are provided concerning the purpose, scope and content, histo...
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Reviews the methods used in empirical studies of the mystical experience, focusing on significant contributions in terms of research designs and modes of assessing or inducing mystical experiences for study. Definitional problems plaguing quantitative mystical experience research are addressed, and results of database searches of quantitative trans...
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Describes the use of transpersonal therapy including a special creativity therapy with a 47-yr-old male artist with a severe form of bipolar disorder. The therapy emphasized the importance of the S's identity as an artist and of his creativity as a protection against decompensation and as a way of distinguishing between fantasy and reality. (PsycIN...
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Presents the case of a male with manic psychosis, previously described by the author (see record 1989-16388-001), to illustrate how the cognitive, affective, sensory, energetic, and behavior changes that occur during a manic psychosis can foster the development of 3 transpersonal states of consciousness—visionary, mystical, and creative. Artistic...
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Although precise laboratory methods for measuring psychopathology are not available, interviewer-rated instruments developed to assess symptomatology can be used to monitor schizophrenic patients undergoing rehabilitation. By regularly assessing patients, rehabilitation staff can improve the effectiveness of their interventions. Patients can be scr...
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A 10-week, inhospital holistic health program for male schizophrenic patients was compared with an equally intense social skills training program. The holistic program included training in the stress reduction techniques of exercise and meditation as well as education in stress management. Patients were also encouraged to explore the growth potenti...
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Research indicates that schizophrenic patients lack intimate relationships and show a high rate of sexual dysfunction. Despite increasing awareness of the rights of handicapped persons to sexual expression, the treatment of schizophrenic patients rarely addresses their sexuality. A sex education program for recent-onset male schizophrenic patients...
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Recent studies have isolated some socioenvironmental factors that seem to predict the onset of schizophrenic episodes in vulnerable persons. In particular, stressful life events have been found to cluster in the 3- to 4- week period preceding a schizophrenic episode in some patients. Many persons with a schizophrenic disorder also seem to contribut...
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The literature dealing with social skills training of schizophrenic patients indicates that topographical features and self-reports of anxiety and discomfort can be changed for the better by social skills training. Unfortunately, these changes do not occur for every patient and, when they do occur, often do not generalize to new situations. Researc...
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Eight psychotherapists who were also highly skilled in Aikido, a non violent Japanese martial art based on the principles of harmony and the peaceful resolution of conflict, participated in this semi-structured interview study investigating how their practice of Aikido informed their psychotherapy practice. Eight themes emerged: Aikido resulted in...
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Photocopy of original (typescript). Thesis (M.A.)--Loyola University of Chicago, 1981. Vita. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 222-230).

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