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This all-in-one guide is designed to better equip clergy and the church leaders to meet their congregations' needs in a spiritually grounded and scientifically sound manner. Succinct, easy-to-read chapters summarize all a pastor needs to know about a given problem area, including its signs or symptoms, questions to ask, effective helping skills, and, most importantly, when to refer to a mental health professional. Synthesizing what research says about treatment approaches for mental health issues, this ...

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This all-in-one guide is designed to better equip clergy and the church leaders to meet their congregations' needs in a spiritually grounded and scientifically sound manner. Succinct, easy-to-read chapters summarize all a pastor needs to know about a given problem area, including its signs or symptoms, questions to ask, effective helping skills, and, most importantly, when to refer to a mental health professional. Synthesizing what research says about treatment approaches for mental health issues, this user-friendly reference is filled with guidelines, case scenarios, key points to remember, resources for further help, advice on integrating scripture and theology with the best available research, and tips on partnering with others to provide the best possible care for each church member. Each chapter is designed for quick lookup by problem area, empowering church leaders to understand and help meet the challenges facing the children, adults, families, and communities that they serve.

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Editorial Reviews

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"God longs for us to be healthy emotionally. He has called you to minister to his wounded flock and now has given you a valuable, important resource to help you. Take this book. Study it. Use it. It will make you much more effective in your work with fellow messy pilgrims."—From the Foreword by Ruth Graham, author of In Every Pew Sits a Broken Heart: Hope for the Hurting

"Cynthia Franklin and Rowena Fong have accomplished a Herculean task. Unlike books that are strong on information about the problem but weak on what can be done to alleviate it, this book provides guidance, pointing the reader in the right direction and providing a reliable map for what may prove to be a long and arduous journey. Think of this book as the Handel's Messiah of counseling resources for church leaders!" —Donald Capps, Professor of Pastoral Psychology, Princeton Theological Seminary

"Pastors, if you have ever felt lost about what to say or do with some of your parishioner's concerns, then this is the resource you have been waiting for. Don't let the size frighten you. It will become the standard, on the desk, right next to your religious texts. I don't know of anything better or more helpful for your own understanding and ministry than this work by Franklin and Fong." —David Carder, Pastor of Counseling Ministries, First Evangelical Free Church of Fullerton, California

"If you believe that effective ministry to people with mental health needs is not only about solving problems, but releasing people to a more effective faith walk, this is a book you need." —Byron D. Klaus, President, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, Springfield, Missouri

"Pastors often tread into mental health problems overconfident or underprepared. This book is a welcome antidote. With the help of this handbook, pastors can claim a proper confidence in counseling situations and work more effectively with other helping rofessionals." —George A. Mason, Senior Pastor, Wilshire Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas

"I hope pastors will use this resource to add to the content of their preaching so that whole congregations hear the message that healing is available-no suffering or pain is beyond hope. While healing may never be simple and it may take the concerted efforts of pastoral staffs, families, education and mental health professionals, it is always possible." —Mark Pranaitis, Associate Provost, DePaul University

"Franklin, Fong, and colleagues have aimed for an ambitious and significant target: summarizing the best of current mental health knowledge and practice for congregational leaders who often encounter and must deal with all manner of human predicaments. This groundbreaking handbook makes a major contribution." —Terry Wolfer, Associate Professor of Social Work, University of South Carolina

"Finally, a practical and comprehensive resource book to help pastors deal with the wide range of mental and social issues facing the church today. This is a must-have resource book for every pastor and a gift to the church at large." —George O. Wood, Chief Executive Officer, General Council of the Assemblies of God, Springfield, Missouri

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195371635
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/4/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 1,043,493
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Cynthia Franklin, Ph.D., is the Stiernberg/Spencer Family Professor in Mental Health at the University of Texas at Austin.

Rowena Fong, Ed.D., is the Ruby Lee Piester Centennial Professor in Services to Children and Families at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Table of Contents

Section 1: Equipping Yourself to be the Best Mental Health Helper
1. Effective Ministry with the Hurting
Cynthia Franklin and Rowena Fong

Section 2: Counseling Approaches for Eating Disorders and Addictions
2. To Eat or Not to Eat: Eating Disorders
Linda Mintle

3. Ministry Solutions for Substance Abuse
Dale S. Ryan

4. Sexual Addiction: Finding Sexual Integrity in a Fallen World
Mark R. Laaser

Section 3: Counseling Approaches for Kids with School and Behavior Problems
5. Help My Teenager is Dropping Out of School
Cynthia Franklin and Michael Kelly

6. A World Apart: Autism Spectrum Disorders
Karen-Marie Yust

7. Authority Problems: Oppositonal and Defiant Youth
Antoinette Y. Farmer

8. Breaking Down Barriers When Teenagers are Out of Control
Scott P. Sells

9. Helping Kids with ADHD
Feeman Chakara

10. Positive Solutions for Pregnant and Parenting Teens
Mary Beth Harris and Cynthia Franklin

11. Stopping Self-Injury among Adolescents
Martell Teasley

Section 4: Counseling Approaches for Severe Grief, Depression and Anxiety
12. Helping with Loss, Grief, and Mourning
Allan Hugh Cole Jr.

13. Down and Can't Get Up: Serious Depression
Jaco J. Hamman

14. Extreme Trauma and Stress: PTSD
Mo Yee Lee

15. Living with Panic, Worry and Fear: Anxiety Disorders
Katherine L. Montgomery

Section 5: Counseling Approaches for Severe Problems with Mood Swings, Psychosis, and Suicide
16. Mood Swings: Pastoral Care for People with Bipolar Disorder
Daniel G. Bagby

17. Hearing Voices: Pastoral Care for People with Schizophrenia
Daniel B. Morehead

18. Wanting to Die: How to Prevent Suicide
Duane R. Bidwell

Section 6: Solutions for Domestic Violence, Child Abuse, and Severe Personality Disorders
19. Stopping Domestic Violence in Families
Karen Oehme and Bruce A. Thyer

20. We Have a Scary Secret: Stopping Sexual Abuse in the Family
Melody Darlene Palm

21. How to Prevent Child Maltreatment
Gary R. Anderson

22. Watch Out: Serious Personality Disorders
Carol L. Schnabl Schweitzer

Section 7: Counseling Approaches for Severe Financial and Social Problems
23. Never Enough Money: Helping with Financial Problems
Kregg Hood

24. Community Ministry with People Living in Poverty
Jon Singletary

25. Starting Over: Helping Immigrants and Refugees
Rowena Fong

Section 8: Counseling Approaches for Elders and for Those Who have Chronic Health Problems
26. Ministering to those with Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease
James W. Ellor

27. Over-extended: Caretaking of an Elderly Parent
Dennis R. Myers

Section 9: Counseling Approaches for Managing Family Transitions and Stress
28. Pastoral Care for Veterans and Their Families
David Scheider and Thomas C. Waynick

29. Dealing with Divorce and Irreconcilable Differences
Rowena Fong and Kristen Boyd

30. Help I am a Single Parent
Sandy Aguilar

31. Supporting Today's Blended Family
Christine Anlauf Sabatino and Lynn Milgram Mayer

32. Help with Kids in Foster Care and Needing Adoption
Ruth G. McRoy and Rowena Fong

Section 10: Counseling Approaches for Church Leaders Who Need Help
33. Unholy Touch: Church Leaders and Sexual Misconduct with Adults
Diana R. Garland and Christen A. Argueta

34. The Minister's Meltdown: Getting Help for Yourself
Kevin Van Lant

Section 11: Building Your Church's Mental Health Counseling Resources
35. Today's Best Pastoral Care: Church-Based Mental Health and Social Programs
Ratonia C. Runnels and Mel Stauber

Epilogue: Ready To Serve the Hurting
Cynthia Franklin and Rowena Fong

Appendix A: Self-Help Books, Christian Counseling and Training Resources
Jamie Shepherd

Appendix B: Glossary: Learning Mental Health Language
Katherine L. Montgomery and Kristen Boyd

Appendix C: Pastor's Mental Health Survey

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