Counseling Survivors of Traumatic Events: A Handbook for Pastors and Other Helping Professionals

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What do you do when the call comes from a distraught parishioner who needs help in dealing with a murder, rape, traffic accident, miscarriage, or the effects of a natural disaster or war? How can students of pastoral care and counseling learn in a seminary setting how to think about and counsel in those situations? An extraordinary number of survivors of such catastrophic events turn to clergy for help to deal with their stress. The effects of such massive stress are typically known as Post-traumatic Stress ...

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Overview

What do you do when the call comes from a distraught parishioner who needs help in dealing with a murder, rape, traffic accident, miscarriage, or the effects of a natural disaster or war? How can students of pastoral care and counseling learn in a seminary setting how to think about and counsel in those situations? An extraordinary number of survivors of such catastrophic events turn to clergy for help to deal with their stress. The effects of such massive stress are typically known as Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. Knowing how to recognize PTSD and how to handle such crisis situations is critical for caregivers.

Weaver, Preston, and Flannelly use case studies to show how to handle such tough situations. Treatment options, referral possibilities and procedures are explained so that the caregiver knows how to help those in their care cope with catastrophic emotional distress. The authors suggest religious resources within the faith (mainly Christian and Jewish) community that can be of help in crisis situations. The authors also list national, cross-cultural, and self-help resources (including street and internet addresses as well as phone information) which many caregivers and family members may prefer to access. This book is intended primarily as a teaching/caring resource and pastoral aid to be studied over time; however, the authors include a quick reference section for emergency aid.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780687052431
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 214
  • Product dimensions: 6.96 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 11
How to Use This Book 15
Pt. I Introduction
Clergy, Faith, and Psychological Trauma 19
Understanding Psychological Trauma 31
Treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder 39
Pt. II Case Studies
Case 1 Motor Vehicle Accident 49
Case 2 Natural Disaster (Hurricane) 57
Case 3 Terrorism 65
Case 4 School Violence 73
Case 5 The Suicide of a Child 81
Case 6 Childhood Cancer 89
Case 7 Traumatic Bereavement 99
Case 8 Pregnancy Loss 105
Case 9 Torture (Refugee) 113
Case 10 Rape 121
Case 11 Hate Crime 129
Case 12 Police Officer 137
Case 13 Combat Veteran 147
Case 14 Burn Survivor 155
Case 15 Elder Abuse 163
Case 16 Compassion Fatigue in a Pastor 173
Pt. III Summary
Responding to a Crisis: Clergy's Unique Advantages 183
Making a Referral to a Mental Health Specialist 191
Self-Care 197
Summary and Conclusions 203
Glossary of Terms 205
Index 209
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