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Teenagers and their families live in a society with epidemic levels of social problems that put adolescents at risk for emotional problems. Teens have special mental and emotional issues that need to be addressed by pastors and their colleagues in ministry. For this reason, clergy and caregivers need to know about the most common mental disorders that occur in adolescents, including how to assess and diagnose the disorders, what types of treatment can be initiated in the faith community, when referral is ...
Teenagers and their families live in a society with epidemic levels of social problems that put adolescents at risk for emotional problems. Teens have special mental and emotional issues that need to be addressed by pastors and their colleagues in ministry. For this reason, clergy and caregivers need to know about the most common mental disorders that occur in adolescents, including how to assess and diagnose the disorders, what types of treatment can be initiated in the faith community, when referral is required, and to whom to make a referral.
This book identifies twenty-two of the most common mental health conditions that occur among adolescents, provides illustrative cases, lists national resources available to help, and suggests when and from whom to seek additional professional help. There is an emphasis on self-help resources available on the Internet, a major source of information for teens. The conditions addressed include: various types of addiction and abuse; family crises such as pregnancy, runaways, divorce, depression, and bereavement; and other disorders such as eating disorders, ADA, schizophrenia, and learning disabilities.
"Weaver and his colleagues have produced another winner for clergy: a casebook that covers most of the difficult situations in which pastors are called upon to be a first, and, sometimes primary, support and helper. Each case presentation is followed by critical issues to be aware of, relevant information, including community and national resources. Most pastors will be grateful for this book a number of times each year. Sections in the first chapter on the child's personality development and on effective parenting will be appreciated by most parents." —David K. Switzer, Emeritus Professor of Pastoral Care, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University
|How to Use This Book||13|
|Religion, Clergy, and the Mental Health Care of Adolescents||17|
|Pt. II||Case Studies|
|Case 1||Alcohol and Drugs||47|
|Case 6||Date Rape||89|
|Case 7||Violence and Post-Traumatic Stress||97|
|Case 12||AIDS/Sexually Transmitted Diseases||137|
|Case 13||Chronic Medical Problems||147|
|Grief and Depression|
|Other Disorders and Problems Facing Teens|
|Case 17||Eating Disorders||177|
|Case 18||Attention Deficit Disorder||185|
|Case 19||Conduct Disorder/Delinquency||193|
|Case 20||Anxiety Disorders||201|
|Case 21||Learning Disabilities||209|
|Pt. III||Collaboration with Mental Health Specialists: You Are Not Alone|
|Collaboration with Mental Health Specialists||227|
|Glossary of Terms||233|
|Summary and Conclusions||239|
Part 2 is the heart of the book and is presented in a case study format using real life situations while highlighting practical implications for pastoral care. They reflect the current research on issues relevant to teens and their families. The case studies are multidisciplinary in approach, integrating clinical knowledge in pastoral care, psychology, medicine, psychiatry, family therapy, nursing, and social work along with current scientific findings on the role of religion in mental health care.The book recognizes that the difficulties that troubled teens and their families face do not stand in isolation from one another but are interrelated. For example, the case studyon alcohol and drugs will also refer you to those on depression, suicide risk, violence and delinquency. The book is designed so the reader can quickly and easily locate information about mental health issues for which young people and their families seek counsel. It is a practical, easy-to-use guide on how to assess problems and what to do about them.The table of contents provides the subject matter of 22 cases that exemplify common mental health issue experienced by teens and their families. Each case provides an example of a teenager with a specific problem who is in need of help.
Included in each chapter is the information about how a pastor or youth worker 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 specific information about local and national resources that can provide help. National self-help organizations (often with toll-free numbers and internet addresses) that provide information and support for teens and their families facing mental and emotional problems are identified for each issue addressed. Cross-cultural issues are identified and discussed as well. If there are words or terms that are unfamiliar to the reader, technical terms are defined in the glossary.The text is written for people of all faiths, with an appreciation for the richness of multicultural diversity in religious community. 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. Dr. Preston is a professor in clinical psychology and layman in the United Methodist Church. Dr. Jerome is a clinical psychologist, specializing in working with teenage girls and their families, who is interested in the intersection of religion and mental health.
— Andrew Weaver, Ph.D. (firstname.lastname@example.org), a Co-Author
Posted March 13, 2001
Whether you're a clergy person or a family that has a troubled teen, you'll want to buy and carefully study this book. Anyone with teenagers will quickly relate to the cases provided in this book. This book is brilliantly written to provide both information and inspiration for families who are wanting to prepare for the upcoming teen years or who already have teenagers whom they want to ensure stay on the right path. I recommend this book without reservation -- you will too.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.