Serving the Amish: A Cultural Guide for Professionals

Serving the Amish: A Cultural Guide for Professionals

by James A. Cates


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Serving the Amish: A Cultural Guide for Professionals by James A. Cates

Serving the Amish is a targeted guide for professionals who care for or interact with Plain people: doctors, nurses, law enforcement officers, judges, social workers, psychotherapists, and addiction counselors, among others. For these professionals, knowing the "what" of Amish life is not enough. They must go deeper, understanding the "why"—the ideologies that both drive and bind this community in a system of beliefs that seems alien to those who embrace the technological and social turbulence of the twenty-first century.

James A. Cates draws heavily on his experiences as a clinical psychologist in private practice in northeastern Indiana, a region that is home to more than 35,000 Amish people. He combines anecdotal evidence and first-person narrative to shed light on the social, emotional, and psychological foundations of Amish life to help professionals interact competently and build rapport with Amish clients. He also explains the unique challenges outsiders face in offering aid to a people whose lifestyle and rules dictate a distance from all things worldly.

This practical book balances evidence-based principles of care with an emphasis on reducing anxiety and establishing warm relationships. From the police officer dispersing a party full of Amish Youngie to the social worker staffing a child protective services hotline, professionals who work with the Amish will benefit from this one-of-a-kind guide.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781421414959
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 09/04/2014
Series: Young Center Books in Anabaptist and Pietist Studies
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

James A. Cates is a board-certified clinical psychologist and licensed addiction counselor in northeast Indiana. He is an associate professor at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgments xiii

Part I Culture and Context

Chapter 1 Strangers and Pilgrims 3

Part II Life Experience

Chapter 2 Changing Views of Human Services 23

Chapter 3 Building and Maintaining Rapport 36

Chapter 4 Across the Life Span 48

Chapter 5 Women's Issues 60

Chapter 6 Sexuality 71

Chapter 7 Violence and Abuse 84

Chapter 8 Death and Loss 98

Part III Professional Interaction

Chapter 9 Counseling and Psychotherapy 113

Chapter 10 Substance Abuse and Addictions 125

Chapter 11 Law Enforcement and the Judiciary 141

Chapter 12 Healthcare Professions 156

Chapter 13 Social Work and Social Services 173

Part IV Practical Considerations

Chapter 14 Guidelines for Service to the Amish 189

Epilogue 197

Appendix A A Quick Guide to Other Plain Goups 201

Appendix B Mental Health Diagnoses and the Amish 203

Appendix C Suggestions for Further Reading 208

Notes 211

Bibliography 219

Index 227

What People are Saying About This

Karen M. Johnson-Weiner

"A psychologist with long experience in Northern Indiana’s Old Order communities, James A. Cates writes knowledgeably, respectfully, and frankly about working with Amish adults, teenagers, and families. This work, the first of its kind, is a must-have for health care and other professionals who encounter the Amish."

Richard A. Stevick

"Serving the Amish is a model for learning how to relate intelligently and sensitively to other cultures. Both professionals—including health care providers, police officers, and social workers—and the Amish community will be better able to effectively cope with the realities of their interaction because of this fine work."

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