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.
|Publisher:||Johns Hopkins University Press|
|Series:||Young Center Books in Anabaptist and Pietist Studies|
|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
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
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
What People are Saying About This
"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."
"Serving the Amish is a model for learning how to relate intelligently and sensitively to other cultures. Both professionalsincluding health care providers, police officers, and social workersand the Amish community will be better able to effectively cope with the realities of their interaction because of this fine work."