In the Shadow of Our Steeples: Pastoral Presence for Families Coping with Mental Illness / Edition 1

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Overview

In the Shadow of Our Steeples: Pastoral Presence for Families Coping with Mental Illness helps you and other experts and quasi-experts in the field of religious and family counseling to give sound direction and guidance to family members who are caring for a loved one who suffers from mental illness. You'll find many avenues of care and counseling that will greatly enhance your ability to lend support and encouragement in situations where the burden of care seems too great for only a few individuals to lift. In reading it, you'll find your options increase tenfold, and you'll become a better symbol and resource of faith for these unique families.

Inside In the Shadow of Our Steeples, you'll discover how to cure the obsession with success that too often goes along with counseling situations that involve mental illness. You'll also discover a greater, more enduring strain of Christian love, full of surprising joys, caring, and hope. Geared toward moving parishes away from public stigmas and toward a collective ministry of presence, this book beckons to those clergy who know and believe that a far more understanding and far-reaching form of counseling exists. Specifically, you'll learn about these and other long-sought-after aids:

  • establishing theological foundations and goal-setting in the area of pastoral care
  • countering the stigmas of mental illness using biblical studies and models
  • using a “ministry of presence” to analyze chronic illness and promote “rehabilitation in the absence of cure”
  • bringing clergy and mental health professionals into a collaborative arena of care
  • improving the relationship of professional chaplains to clergy in ordinary parish settings

    Overall, In the Shadow of Our Steeples helps bring together the sufferer, the family, the civil servant, and the religious counselor into one synergistic group of rehabilitative influence. This sound guide's specific examples and proven strategies will help turn your despair into hope, even in the face of chronic mental illness.

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Govig, an ordained minister and educator who became an advocate when his son was diagnosed as schizophrenic, shows other pastors how to support the mentally ill members of their congregations, and how important their involvement is to patients and their families. He establishes theological foundations of pastoral care, counters the stigma of mental illness using biblical studies, and provides contact information for support organizations and networks (Lutheran, interfaith, and secular). No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789001573
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/28/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 140
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Pt. I Listener 7
Ch. 1 The Challenge 9
Ch. 2 Family Impact 21
Ch. 3 From Madhouse to Mad House 31
Ch. 4 Negotiating Contact 43
Pt. II Mediator 55
Ch. 5 Telling the Truth 57
Ch. 6 Teaching the Congregation 67
Pt. III Advocate 79
Ch. 7 Willing to Care 81
Ch. 8 Habits of Presence 91
App.: Sources for Information 103
Notes 111
Index 119
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