Professional Spiritual and Pastoral Care: A Practical Clergy and Chaplain's Handbook

Professional Spiritual and Pastoral Care: A Practical Clergy and Chaplain's Handbook

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by Stephen B. Roberts
     
 

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Integrates the classic foundations of pastoral care with current approaches to spiritual care, particularly in acute or long-term care facilities and rehabilitation centers. Experts in the field offer theological perspectives, theory and practical tools,See more details below

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Integrates the classic foundations of pastoral care with current approaches to spiritual care, particularly in acute or long-term care facilities and rehabilitation centers. Experts in the field offer theological perspectives, theory and practical tools,

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"More than a conventional clergy and chaplain's practical handbook.... Charts the contours of the discipline, with sensitivity and appreciation for diversity, integrity and interdisciplinarity.... Every professional in the field should have this volume on his or her desk."
Lester Edwin J. Ruiz, PhD, director, Accreditation and Institutional Evaluation,
The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada

"A 'must have' volume for all care providers, whether student, supervisor or local practitioner ... whether in a solo position or a member of a larger staff."
The Rev. Dr. David C. Johnson, BCC, ACPE Supervisor;
president, Association of Professional Chaplains

“Helps to form those who practice and teach this vital vocation in practical and profound essays. A useful resource for seminaries and practitioners.... I commend it to all who help create sacred places and times to heal wounds of mind and heart and who enable the spiritual journey to continue to unfold.”
The Rev. Gregg A. Mast, PhD, president, New Brunswick Theological Seminary

“Impressive.... An excellent resource for providers of pastoral care as well as a teaching resource for those professionals who teach pastoral care.”
Sally A. Schwab, president-elect, Association for Clinical Pastoral Education

“A significant and invaluable gift to the profession of chaplaincy.... A prized resource for the CPE student and the twenty-five-year-anniversary chaplain [and] answers a real need.”
David A. Lichter, DMin, executive director, National Association of Catholic Chaplains

“A guidebook that points the way at the critical beginning of the [chaplaincy] path.... An invaluable resource for the most seasoned professionals as well as beginning students.”
Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, executive vice president, The Rabbinical Assembly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594733123
Publisher:
Skylight Paths Publishing
Publication date:
11/01/2011
Pages:
500
Sales rank:
343,095
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

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Edwin J. Ruiz
This volume is more than a conventional clergy and chaplain's practical handbook. In addition to providing useful, timely, and thoughtful insights and "how to's" for those interested in professional spiritual and pastoral care, it is fundamentally a comprehensive cartography of the science and art of spiritual and pastoral care and a commentary, as much as a meditation, on the state of the disciplinary field—its problems, prospects, and possibilities.

The contributors to the volume bring their experience, expertise, and interests to bear on the practice of the profession—clarifying, deepening, and shaping thereby the understanding and character of the discipline. Discussions address many current, if often contested, issues and debates in the field. The essays, taken as a whole, chart the substantive, methodological, metatheoretical, and institutional contours of the discipline, with a sensitivity and appreciation for diversity, integrity, and interdisciplinarity, as well as dialogue and commitment to the creation and nurture of healthy and whole ecologies in which human beings find themselves. The editor has managed to bring together into one volume richly-textured essays that are attentive both to practice- and evidence-based theory as well as theoretically-informed and sophisticated "best practices" of spiritual and pastoral care—without overburdening one or the other. This is as rare as it is commendable and extremely useful, not only for the professional practitioner, but for the "non-professional" as well.

Given the exploding field of spiritual and pastoral care chaplaincies in this time of profound change, excruciating pain and suffering, and uncertain hopefulness worldwide, this volume is a timely, much needed contribution both to the field of spiritual and pastoral care, especially in multicultural, multifaith and multireligious, and transdisiplinary contexts. Every professional in the field of spiritual and pastoral care should have this volume on his or her desk. (Lester Edwin J. Ruiz, PhD, Director, Accreditation and Institutional Evaluation, The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada)

David C. Johnson
Professional Spiritual & Pastoral Care - A Practical Clergy and Chaplain's Handbook is a "must have" volume for all of those who are professional spiritual or pastoral care providers, whether student, supervisor, or local practitioners. The thirty-three chapters covering four areas - theology, process, special needs, and infrastructure — give the handbook an extensive look into the field of professional caregiving. There is something for everyone whether one is in a solo position or a member of a larger staff. Rabbi Roberts is to be commended for producing such a needed volume. (The Rev. Dr. David C. Johnson BCC, ACPE Supervisor, President | Association of Professional Chaplains)
Gregg A. Mast
Rabbi Roberts has gathered the voices and perspectives of more than 30 of his diverse colleagues in the field of pastoral care to share with us a remarkable gift. The call to nurture the human spirit with integrity and skill has become increasingly important in a high tech, low touch world. This book helps to form those who practice and teach this vital vocation in practical and profound essays that will become a useful resource for seminaries and practitioners. I commend it to all who help create sacred places and times to heal wounds of mind and heart and who enable the spiritual journey to continue to unfold. (The Rev. Gregg A. Mast, Ph.D., President, New Brunswick Theological Seminary)
Sally A. Schwab
This textbook is an impressive compilation of essays that offer guidance on topics from pastoral theology to specific skills in pastoral care. Each chapter is written by practicing and credible providers of pastoral care and represent a diverse cross-section of persons and settings for ministry. The chapter topics address relevant, current issues in the field of professional chaplaincy. The textbook is comprehensive; I found myself reminded of an earlier publication, The Dictionary of Pastoral Care. Each chapter is capable of standing alone. The handbook is an excellent resource for providers of pastoral care as well as a teaching resource for those professionals that teach pastoral care. (Sally A. Schwab, M.Div., ACPE Supervisor, President, Association for Clinical Pastoral Education)
Julie Schonfeld
While the work of spiritual care and counsel is surely an art and not a science, religious leaders have come to appreciate that it not only can be studied and learned, it must be. Among the many areas of religious leadership training, chaplaincy has been at the forefront of taking this delicate dance and breaking it down into steps that can be learned and mastered. Judaism teaches that, "all beginnings are difficult," and students and teachers of chaplaincy have been asking for a guidebook that points the way at the critical beginning of the path. Rabbi Roberts has not only provided that book, but done so with so much insight that Professional Spiritual and Pastoral Care is an invaluable resource for the most seasoned professionals as well as beginning students. (Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, Executive Vice President, The Rabbinical Assembly)
David A. Lichter
A Practical Clergy & Chaplain's Handbook is a significant and invaluable gift to the profession of chaplaincy. Not only are the contributors colleagues well recognized for their professional experience and expertise - you want to know what they write, but their individual articles offer consistently high-quality information and refer to a rich array of resources to support their content. The topics covered make this a prized resource for the CPE student and the 25 year anniversary chaplain. For a professional field that continues to development, and is challenged to develop, rapidly, having in one place such a core collection of articles answers a real need. Thank you, Rabbi Stephen, your consultants from our associations, and all the authors! We are deeply grateful to you! (David A. Lichter, D.Min., Executive Director, National Association of Catholic Chaplains)

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