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Counseling and Mental Health

  1. After a Child Dies by Harold K. Bush, Jr.

    The author refutes some assumed grief counseling through his own grief. Longtime grief, especially for a close family member, is more normal than assumed and has its value.

  2. After Great Pain: Finding a Way Out by Joan Chittister

    It isnít true that the loss of any single thing will destroy us. Everything in life has some value and life is full of valuable things, things worth living for, things worth doing, things worth becoming, things worth loving again.

  3. Care of Souls in the Classic Tradition by Thomas C. Oden

    (ENTIRE BOOK) Prof. Oden offers a critique of contemporary pastoral counseling that notes the advantages of modern clinical psychotherapy while pointing out its limitations for pastoral counseling which he asserts has all but ignored the classical Christian pastoral tradition exemplified in the work of Gregory of Nazianzus.

  4. Caring When it is Tough to Care by Joretta L. Marshall

    The author deals with our feelings when confronted with a situation in which we want to care but find it difficult or almost impossible. She offers suggestions for how one can deal with those feelings in ways that show care for both self and others.

  5. Community Mental Health: The Role of Church and Temple by Howard J. Clinebell, Jr., (Ed.)

    (ENTIRE BOOK) Thirty-three authorities, representing both the clergy and professionals active in mental health programs, respond to the challenge to church and temple made by the community mental health revolution.

  6. Confidentiality and Mandatory Reporting: A False Dilemma? by Marie M. Fortune

    Those who sin and who harm others must be confronted with their deeds so that they might repent. Therefore, confidentiality should not be regarded as a sacred cow. The need for mandatory reporting and the need for pastoral confidentiality may not be as contradictory as they at first appear.

  7. Confidentiality in the Church: What the Pastor Knows and Tells by D. Elizabeth Audette

    What determines whether a communication is confidential? That is a pastoral as we as a legal question. Although it’s awkward, sometimes it is necessary to explain to a parishioner that every disclosure cannot be treated as confidential.

  8. Contemporary Growth Therapies by Howard J. Clinebell, Jr.

    (ENTIRE BOOK) A survey of current psychotherapy methods, including very helpful summaries of the views of Sigmund Freud, Alfred Adler, Ottor Rank, Eric Fromm, Karen Horney, Harry Stack Sullivan, Carl Jung, and Carl Rogers, as well as behavioral, transactional, gestalt and other therapies.

  9. Counseling For Liberation by Charlotte Ellen

    (ENTIRE BOOK) This book is not primarily about counseling theory and technique. Rather, it is an attempt to describe the important connection between good counseling and consciousness raising.

  10. Ethics and Evangelism: Learning from the Third-Century Church by Robert E. Webber

    The recovery of the type of evangelism practiced in the third century, adapted to 20th-century circumstances, could meet the evangelistic needs of the mainline church.

  11. Finding Nourishment and Encouragement by Robert Raines

    Drawing on his experience of nearly a half century of ministry - much of it connected with retreats - Raines gives a rationale for the offering of retreat experiences to clergy for purposes of sanctuary, nourishment, study, silence, healing and encouragement.

  12. Grief and the Art of Consolation: A Personal Testimony by Troy Organ

    Grief is a helplessness that does not cry for help. One cries -- and hopes that help will come unbidden. Consolation is an art. It is the art of active love.

  13. Growing Through Conflict by Donald E. Bossart

    The author deals with turning destructive conflict into a constructive experience for change and growth.

  14. Growth Counseling for Marriage Enrichment by Howard J. Clinebell, Jr.

    (ENTIRE BOOK) Dr. Clinebell provides practical suggestions and programs to make good marriages better, to turn crises into opportunities for growth, and to activate congregations of faith as communities of caring.

  15. Growth Counseling for Mid-Years Couples by Howard J. Clinebell, Jr.

    (ENTIRE BOOK) You have more going for you than you think you do -- probably lots more! Here are tools for discovering and using the rich potentialities of the mid-years, for personal renewal and for the enlivening of marriage. The author states that this book grew out of his own struggles and his experiences in enriching mid-years marriages, including his own.

  16. Growth Groups by Howard J. Clinebell, Jr.

    (ENTIRE BOOK) This handbook addresses marriage and family enrichment, creative singlehood, human liberation, youth work and social change. These qualities of the human potential movement are brought together in a concise, clear and comprehensive way.

  17. Happily Married with Children by Trudy Bush

    Reviews of two pioneering studies into patterns of marriage and divorce in American society.

  18. Ministering to the Collective Soul amid the Arms Race by Jeff Smith

    Some commentators on nuclear arms miss the mark. The author discusses such arguments as "nuclear madness," "death wishes" "the wrath of God," and the like. We must intervene in the cultural subconscious not just to understand but to change it.

  19. Pastoral Counseling Comes of Age by John Patton

    Increasingly, pastoral counseling centers are more like churches than like mental-health clinics. They are extensions of a central function of the church -- the preaching of the Word and administration of the sacraments.

  20. Pastoral Learning at Bellevue Hospital by Chloe Breyer

    The author describes the experience of being an assistant chaplain in a New York hospital for mental and physical illnesses.

  21. Sin, Guilt and Mental Health: Confession and Restitution as Means of Therapy by Paul Martin

    Mentally disturbed persons need a simple, step-by-step method to move from where they are toward health, community and usefulness: first, to tell others the truth about themselves, and second, to list the people they have harmed and make amends wherever possible. Then they have an obligation to work with others seeking the same help, insuring their own recovery.

  22. Spiritual Counsel by Rodney J. Hunter

    American society is driven by competitive economic forces that cheapen and exploit the personal dimensions of human relations and community life. Our major academic and religious institutions must support disciplines of inquiry into the nature and practice of care-giving, and into the human needs and problems that prompt this care.

  23. The Anxiety of the Runner: Terminal Helplessness by D. William Faupel

    The jogger who says ‘I’m going to run till I die’ is seeking to still a peculiarly modern angst. The church must try to deal specifically with the environments of the terminally ill and the terminally aged. As hospices make their way into abandoned maternity and pediatrics wings of local hospitals, churches can push for their acceptance and church people can serve on boards of directors and aid in ministering to dying patients and their families.

  24. The Benefits of Fasting by Paul Martin

    Fasting, prayer and meditation blend easily together and improve the author's ability to pray “Thy will be done” with wholehearted commitment. Proponents of fasting say that this discipline is an effective means of improving one’s mental, physical and spiritual health.

  25. The Intimate Marriage by Howard J. and Charlotte H. Clinebell

    The role of intimacy in marriage. Includes practical steps for group discussion.

  26. The Mental Health Ministry of the Local Church by Howard J. Clinebell, Jr.

    (ENTIRE BOOK) Mental health is a central and inescapable concern for any local church that is a healing-redemptive fellowship. A local church today has an unprecedented opportunity to multiply its contributions to both the prevention and the therapeutic dimensions of mental health. A church can seize this opportunity most effectively by allowing mental health to become a leavening concern, permeating all areas of its life.

  27. The Minister and the Care of Souls by Daniel Day Williams

    (ENTIRE BOOK) A theologianís perspective on the issues involved in the pastoral task.

  28. The Outlook for Mental Health Services by Seward Hiltner

    A review of approaches to mental health care in the last couple of centuries. Every step forward in the health care has usually been followed, sooner rather than later, by at least a half-step backward.

  29. The Power of God-with-Us by Carter Heyward

    In these last years scarred by AIDS, by the dominant culture of greed and violence, and by personal loss and pain, the author has come to see more distinctly the vital link between the healing process (traditionally the prerogative of religious and medical traditions) and the work of liberation (assumed to be the business of revolutionary movements for justice).

  30. Therapies Ministers Use by James S. Miller

    The popular works of Carl Rogers, Fritz Perls and Eric Berne are being embraced as major therapeutic systems, useful in pastoral-care work, but these thearapies, although popular, are demonstrably inadequate. They are no more scientific, or validated, than Emile Couť or Dianetics.

  31. Understanding and Counseling the Alcoholic by Howard J. Clinebell, Jr.

    (ENTIRE BOOK) This book is written for the person, professional or lay, who wishes to apply religious resources more effectively to the problem of alcoholism. It deals with what to teach concerning alcoholism and how to handle the alcoholic who comes seeking counsel.