Rabbis as Mental Health Professionals: A Major Metropolitan Study

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Rabbis as Mental Health Professionals is a landmark study of counseling needs and preferences of contemporary American Jews, and of the effectiveness of rabbinical counseling training. Located in the context of the Jewish and Christian pastoral counseling traditions, this book will appeal to anyone interested in psychospiritual issues and strategies. Graduate students and professors interested in psychology, pastoral care, theology, and counseling should take special interest in...

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Overview

Rabbis as Mental Health Professionals is a landmark study of counseling needs and preferences of contemporary American Jews, and of the effectiveness of rabbinical counseling training. Located in the context of the Jewish and Christian pastoral counseling traditions, this book will appeal to anyone interested in psychospiritual issues and strategies. Graduate students and professors interested in psychology, pastoral care, theology, and counseling should take special interest in this comprehensive study.

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Nietzsche Studies
Large synagogue libraries, major Jewish research libraries, and libraries relating to various aspects of psychology and Judaism will appreciate this book.
Kalman J. Kaplan
This study represents a landmark study in the preferences and attitudes of actual consumers rather than providers toward rabbis versus Mental Health Practitioners... The book should be read by both professional and lay audiences who are interested in these issues.
Journal Of Nietzsche Studies
Large synagogue libraries, major Jewish research libraries, and libraries relating to various aspects of psychology and Judaism will appreciate this book.
Booknews
Himself a rabbi with training in clinical psychology, Weiss (London School of Jewish Studies) focuses exclusively on congregational pastoral, or rabbinical counselors, those who are not licensed or certified as mental health professionals, whose training as a counselor is modest within their seminary curriculum, and whose counseling work is one element in their pastoral care programs. He analyzes responses to questionnaires in order to help improve the level of rabbinical counseling services. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761818489
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 11/8/2000
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Abner Weiss, Ph.D. is Senior Rabbi at Beth Jacob Congregation, Beverly Hills, California.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 List of Tables Chapter 2 Acknowledgments Chapter 3 Introduction: Chapter 4 Statement of Problem Chapter 5 The Research Questions Chapter 6 Objectives and Rationale Chapter 7 The Jewish Counseling Tradition: Chapter 8 The Premodern Jewish Counseling Tradition Chapter 9 The Functions of the Contemporary Rabbi Chapter 10 Review of the Research Literature: Chapter 11 The Major Studies on the Counseling Role of Rabbis Chapter 12 What Research has Revealed About Rabbis as Counselors Chapter 13 What is Not Yet Known About Rabbinical Counseling Chapter 14 Methods: Chapter 15 Research Design Chapter 16 Presentation, Analysis and Interpretation of Data Chapter 17 Results: Chapter 18 Focus Group Study Chapter 19 The Survey Study Chapter 20 Possible Reasons for Preferring Rabbis to MHPs as Counselors Chapter 21 Possible Reasons for Preferring MHPs to Rabbis as Counselors Chapter 22 Congregant Preferences for Rabbis as Counselors: A Comparison of Consumer and Provider Perspectives Chapter 23 Differences Between Jews and Christians on Their Preferences for Clergypersons as Counselors Chapter 24 Conclusion: Chapter 25 Summary Chapter 26 Implications for Rabbinical Counseling Training Chapter 27 Suggested Curricular Revisions Chapter 28 Limitations of the Research Chapter 29 Suggestions for Further Research Chapter 30 Appendices Chapter 31 Glossary Chapter 32 References Chapter 33 Indexes Chapter 34 About the Author

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