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The Pastor's Guide to Psychological Disorders and Treatments by William Johnson,W. Brad Johnson

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Understand and direct your parishioners who suffer with mental health difficulties!Here is a comprehensive, up-to-date reference for pastors, priests, and non-Christian religious leaders who need assistance in recognizing psychiatric disorders and getting parishioners the help they need. The Pastor's Guide to Psychological Disorders and Treatments is designed to prepare practicing clergy to respond to the mental health needs of their flock. Pastors with no training in counseling as well as those with graduate degrees in the field will find this a valuable and often-referenced guidebook.Containing concise descriptions of the most common mental health treatments and resources, The Pastor's Guide to Psychological Disorders and Treatments provides you with key indicators for recognizing troubled parishioners and clergy, and recommendations for you on how to direct those affected. In addition to a comprehensive list of resources, The Pastor's Guide provides a strategy for selecting the right professionals to work with your parishioners. Each chapter is carefully organized around clinical examples, salient features, key indicators and recommendations for pastoral response.The Pastor's Guide to Psychological Disorders and Treatments summarizes the major psychiatric disorders, including: mood disorders anxiety disorders personality disorders disorders of childhoodYou'll also find concise descriptions of: the major approaches to treatment types of mental health professionals various self-help books key professional/ethical guidelines for mental health professionals Complete with clinical examples to illustrate certain disorders, The Pastor's Guide to Psychological Disorders and Treatments will raise your awareness of mental health issues in order to help the individuals in your church find appropriate and accurate mental health services.

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I purchased this book for a graduate pastoral counseling class to augment a licensed professional counseling program. Having already had several classes (e.g., counseling theories, psychopathology, etc.) the material was a repeat and seemed to combine several classes into one. That being said, it is a useful resource for guiding pastors and lay church counselors in the process of making referrals to professional counselors. It can also prove useful as a collaborative tool between pastoral counselors and the professional counseling community in one's geographical area. This would in turn provide the best care for church members/parishioners. It's not as deep as one might expect, but it does provide a good start and insight on handling church members with deeper emotional needs.
I've owned this book since 2006. It has been very helpful to me, in my ministry.

It isn't a book for Psychiatrists - it's a book for Pastors who encounter disturbing behavior and wonder if there is something more going on psychologically. It gives great insight to what may be going on with some of your difficult parishioners, or even the people you care deeply about. It advises when to refer to actual counselors, or how to handle these people in Church settings.

It will describe symptoms and key indicators of Psychological disorders, recommended courses of action for the Church, summaries, guidelines for interaction, etc.

I can say I wish I had heeded much of this advice years ago.
Useful and informative in understanding various mental problems for pastors and clergy that they may encounter in their church setting. A valuable addition to any pastor's/clergy's library.
According to the Kim Foundation, an institution focused on helping those with mental disorders, mental health disorders are becoming increasingly more common in the United States and internationally. An estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older or about one in four adults suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. When applied to the 2004 U.S. Census residential population estimate for ages 18 and older, this figure translates to 57.7 million people.
Even though mental disorders are widespread in the population, the main burden of illness is concentrated in a much smaller proportion about 6 percent, or 1 in 17 who suffer from a serious mental illness. In addition, mental disorders are the leading cause of disability in the U.S. and Canada for ages 15-44. Interestingly enough, by in large more many people suffer from more than one mental disorder at a given time. Nearly half (45 percent) of those with any mental disorder meet criteria for two or more disorders, with severity strongly related to comorbidity. In the U.S., mental disorders are diagnosed based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth edition (DSM-V), released in recent months. However, the clinical language contained in the DSM-V can be difficult to interpret for the typical pastor with a standard seminary degree. Another item among the long list of things they don't teach you in seminary.
In most instances, introductory courses in counseling and psychology rarely delve into the specific process of diagnosing, much less interacting with the increasingly varied number of psychological issues confronting the average pastor. Quite frankly, the process for distinguishing one type of psychiatric condition from another is overwhelming at times for those licensed within the profession, much less a novice. At the same time, it is vital that a pastor acquire a familiarity with the varying degrees and categories of emotional and psychological disorders that continue to plague society. It is a safe assumption that current trends will most likely continue, given increased levels of anxiety and turmoil within the family unit, and throughout the world.
In fact, The New York Times reported in May 2013, that "suicide rates among middle-aged Americans have risen sharply in the past decade, prompting concern that a generation of baby boomers who have faced years of economic worry and easy access to prescription painkillers may be particularly vulnerable to self-inflicted harm." Many of us involved in ministry are tracking the Baby Boomers and are very much aware of many of these folks returning to churches in pursuit of purpose and meaning in their lives. The Times also indicated that, "More people now die of suicide than in car accidents." According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2010 there were 33,687 deaths from motor vehicle crashes and 38,364 suicides.
The numbers are staggering and give pause to those within pastoral ministry who undoubtedly address parishioners on a weekly basis contemplating similar attempts of "escape." Suicide has typically been viewed as a problem of teenagers and the elderly, and the surge in suicide rates among middle-aged Americans is surprising. Accordingly, the CDC report indicated, "from 1999 to 2010, the suicide rate among Americans ages 35 to 64 rose by nearly 30 percent, to 17.6 deaths per 100,000 people, up from 13.7."
Suicide is most often a desperate attempt to permanently escape the mental anguish resulting in psychological or psychiatric conditions capable of debilitating affects.
The Pastor's Guide to Psychological Disorders and Treatments offers the conscientious pastor an opportunity to enter into the counselee's difficult world. Much like the children's toy that challenges the toddler with inserting the various pieces through the corresponding holes, with this helpful reference, so to the pastor is better able to interpret the shape and sort of need with a subsequent plan of action
Only for school and wouldn't get it otherwise. Great stuff that makes me seem crazy and help me not feel crazy being married to a psychotic Christian.
I intend to used this book as a resource in my classroom for graduate students who are seminarians. It could be used by anyone who is interested in the topic.

ISBN: 0789007126

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ISBN13: 978-0789007124

Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (August 28, 2000)

Language: English

Subcategory: Humanities

Pages: 256

The Pastor's Guide to Psychological Disorders and Treatments
Author: William Johnson,W. Brad Johnson
Title: The Pastor's Guide to Psychological Disorders and Treatments