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Canadian Scholars’ Press
470 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
May 2019
Print ISBN: 9781773381213


Holistic Healing links together a wide range of progressive theories, research and practices from the exciting field of holistic studies to create an alternative paradigm of healing and social change. This practical and insightful guide offers uniquely comparative and integrated understanding of both ancient and modern Indigenous, Eastern, and Western practices, including traditional healing practices from around the world, meditative practices, bodywork, energy medicine, expressive arts, eco-psychology, transpersonal psychology, Ayurveda, Indigenous well-being, naturopathy, homeopathy, and traditional Chinese medicine.

Over 30 practitioners and scholars from diverse fields of study contribute to our understanding of individual, family, community, national, and global holistic healing in chapters addressing 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 post-secondary students of social work, psychology, Indigenous studies, health and nutrition, holistic healing, and sociology and is also a great resource for professional practitioners and those interested in the field of holistic studies.

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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 Julia 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 who taught for over 30 years in promoting social change and holistic healing. He is pleased to collaborate with over 30 diverse and outstanding contributors to this exciting book about holistic theories and practices.


“This book is a wonderfully rich and comprehensive overview of holistic healing in the human service field, as it embraces not only individual healing but also healing at the community, national, and global levels. It provides many innovative ways that can complement and transform professional practice and influence social change. I particularly appreciated the outline of the critical holistic paradigm as it promotes personal and social action that challenges oppressive forces in our societies. Holistic Healing is an inspiring overview of the importance of ‘thinking outside the box.’”

“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.”

Holistic Healing offers a range of approaches to health, education, and human relations while emphasizing that it can only suggest and not contain the breadth of possibilities.… We need a complementary and vital paradigm that helps us respect infinite differences while understanding what is shared and how we participate in a communion of creation modeled by nature. Peter Dunn and the contributing authors advance and renew this ancient and sustained vision.”

“One would expect a text on holistic health to include the definition and purposes of holism, modalities used to promote healing, and the importance of practitioner self-care. Dunn’s book does this and much more.… Readers will appreciate discussions of Indigenous well-being and Indigenous health as well as the thoughtful comments on cultural appropriation and truth and reconciliation. In addition, the ways that social inequity impacts holistic health is presented in light of the need for strategies to achieve the overarching goal of global health. This text is truly unique in the field.”

“This book represents a substantive advance in our understanding of holism and how it manifests in diverse healing methods. Holistic Healing can serve as means of our grasping the breadth, depth, and possibilities in this field, while at the same time being personally moved by what it teaches us about our own well-being.”

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