Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Inner work: A journey through the soul. A heuristic inquiry
by Collado, Nidia Enid, Ph.D., Union Institute and University, 2007, 193; 3286971
Abstract (Summary)

As the number of Hispanic families immigrating to this country has increased, so have the number of incidences of chemical dependence problems. The purpose of the Project Demonstrating Excellence was to investigate the essential aspects of chemical dependence and the prevention of the disease to include the spiritual aspect of recovery in the Hispanic population in the United States with special emphasis on the Hispanic population in Miami, Florida. The goal was that the data from the study may serve as a relapse prevention clinical guide for therapists treating these individuals. The data for this study were collected using in-depth heuristic interview methodology in conjunction with the Inner Work: A Journey through the Soul Inner Work Questionnaire. Interviews were conducted with nine participants who had volunteered to participate in the initial 12-week Inner Work Spiritual Workshop series, as well as the ongoing follow-up sessions. The study was designed to answer the following question: What did the research participants achieve as a result of participating in the Inner Work Spiritual Workshop and follow-up sessions? The objective of the study was to determine the level of spiritual awakening through the recognition of the toxic ego when it presented itself, identify the immersion into the dark nights of the soul, thereby achieving life-altering transformation, and, ultimately, integrating the fragmented self. The results indicated that the participants were able to recognize their level of spiritual awakening through this process. It can be concluded from the findings that as a result of participating in the workshop and the follow-up sessions, the research participants were able to realize spiritual awareness.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Davidson, Douglas
School: Union Institute and University
School Location: United States -- Ohio
Source: DAI-B 68/10, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Behavioral psychology, Cognitive psychology, Hispanic American studies
Keywords: Addiction, Inner work, Recovery, Relapse prevention, Soul, Spirituality
Publication Number: 3286971
ISBN: 9780549293460
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