Counseling Families Across the Stages of Life: A Handbook for Pastors and Other Helping Professionals


Like the two previous projects Weaver has brought to Abingdon Press, this is a case-study book which will be used both as a resource for clergy and other pastoral workers and for those in training in those fields. The cases will translate technical material into real-life situations while highlighting practical implications for pastors. The authors provide readers with treatment options, referral procedures within the context of the religious community and beyond, and additional national, self-help, and ...
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Like the two previous projects Weaver has brought to Abingdon Press, this is a case-study book which will be used both as a resource for clergy and other pastoral workers and for those in training in those fields. The cases will translate technical material into real-life situations while highlighting practical implications for pastors. The authors provide readers with treatment options, referral procedures within the context of the religious community and beyond, and additional national, self-help, and cross-cultural resources, emphasizing those available on the internet.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780687084159
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2002
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 827,323
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Harold G. Koenig is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Internal Medicine and Director of the Program on Religion, Aging, and Health at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina.

Rev. Dr. Andrew Weaver is an ordained UM minister with 22 years' experience in ministry and a Clinical Psychologist. He is the associate publisher for Zion's Herald, a an independent religious journal of opinion, news, and reflection published by the Boston Wesleyan Association.

He has co-written or edited more than seven books published by Abingdon Press, including Reflections on Marriage and Spiritual Growth, Reflections on Forgiveness and Spiritual Growth, Reflections on Aging and Spiritual Growth, Counseling Troubled Older Adults, Counseling Troubled Teens and Their Families, and Counseling Families Across the Lifespan. Has worked extensively with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) survivors, a diagnosis that underlies this new book.

2000 Linda A. Revilla is Education Health Specialist at the Department of Veteran's Affairs' Pacific Center for PTSD, and a lecturer in the University of Hawaii Ethnic Studies Department, both in Honolulu, Hawaii. She specializes in working with children and families. She is a Roman Catholic layperson.

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Table of Contents

Preface 11
How to Use This Book 15
Pt. I Introduction
Clergy, Faith, and Family Issues 19
What Makes a Family Strong? 31
Diversity in American Families 37
Pt. II Case Studies
Case 1 Marriage Preparation 49
Case 2 Dual-Earner Families 57
Case 3 Becoming a Parent 67
Case 4 A Child with Special Needs: Mental Retardation 73
Case 5 The Troubled Teen 81
Case 6 Domestic Violence 91
Case 7 Single Parents 101
Case 8 The Divorced Parent 109
Case 9 Stepparenting 119
Case 10 Sudden Job Loss 129
Case 11 Grandparents Parenting Grandchildren 135
Case 12 Retirement 145
Case 13 Caring for a Family Member After a Stroke 151
Case 14 Caring for a Family Member with Alzheimer's Disease 161
Case 15 Placing a Family Member in a Nursing Home 173
Case 16 Terminal Illness 185
Case 17 Infertility 195
Case 18 Severe Mental Illness: Bipolar Disorder 203
Case 19 Alcohol Dependency 211
Case 20 The Homeless Family 221
Pt. III Summary
Summary and Conclusions 231
Glossary of Terms 233
Index 239
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    Posted December 3, 2003


    Reviewer: andrew from New York, New York USA A HANDBOOK FOR CLERGY COUNSELING FAMILIES Counseling Families Across the Lifespan: A Handbook for Pastors and Other Religious Professionals is designed to be a text for those in training for pastoral ministry, as well as a practical resource for women and men engaged in ministry with families. The volume addresses family transition issues (e.g., becoming a parent, divorce, sudden job loss, chronic illness, retirement, untimely death) and related mental health problems that may be experienced over the lifespan. In this time of widespread concern about the demise of the family,it is especially important that pastors and others in ministry understand how to help guide persons through life passages. Part 1 offers information about the important role that clergy and the faith community serve in the mental health care of families. This section spells out the need for special expertise by pastors and other religious professionals about how to recognize and address important transitional lifespan issues and related family problems. The scientific evidence that non-punitive, nurturing religious beliefs and practices serve both preventive and healing functions is summarized. Finally, there is a review of the factors that cultivate strong and resilient families in spite of adversity. The heart of the book is found in Part 2, which is presented in a format that uses real life situations while highlighting practical implications for pastoral care. They reflect recent research on relevant issues and recognize that the demands on a family change over time in the lifecycle. The case studies are multidisciplinary in approach, integrating clinical knowledge in pastoral care, psychology, family medicine, psychiatry, nursing, gerontology, sociology, social work, and marriage and family therapy, along with current scientific findings on the role of religion in mental health care. The volume recognizes that the difficulties that families face do not stand in isolation from one another but are interrelated. For example, the chapters involving chronic illness also address caregiver stress and depression. The book is designed so that a reader can easily locate information on specific issues and related mental health problems for which families seek pastoral counsel. It is a practical, easy-to-use guide on how to assess problems and how to respond to them. The table of contents provides the subject of 20 situations that illustrate common issues experienced by families. Each case provides an example of a family member with a specific problem who is in need of help. Included in each chapter is information about how a pastor or colleague in ministry would assess the problem, what aspects of the case are most important, how to identify the major issues, specific directions about what the pastor and congregation can do, when to refer for professional assistance, and information about resources that can provide help. National organizations (often with toll-free numbers and internet addresses) that supply information and support for families facing these issues are identified for each concern addressed. Cross-cultural aspects are noted and discussed, as well. Technical terms are defined in the glossary at the end of the book. The text is written for people of all faiths, with an appreciation for the richness of the intergenerational and multicultural diversity found in religious communities. The authors are people of faith with specialties in mental health. Dr. Weaver is a clinical psychologist, licensed marriage and family therapist, and ordained United Methodist minister who has served rural and urban parishes. He has written over 80 scientific articles and book chapters and has co-authored 7 books. Dr. Revilla is a United Methodist laywoman and developmental psychologist who specializes in working with ethnic families. She also teaches at the University of Hawaii in the Ethnic Studies Department. Dr. Koeni

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