E. Mansell Pattison, M.D. is Associate Professor-in-residence, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, University of California at Irvine, California. After World War II it has come to be realized that the clergy were on the front line of contact with people in emotional distress. To effectively implement the resources of the clergy and the churches in a community mental health program there is need for clinically trained clergymen who can fill a professional role on the staff of community mental health programs.
The quality of life in nations and communities, in family relations, in individual worlds is the imperative issue of our times.
Knowledge of the roots of contemporary therapies can help to evaluate and use them more critically and usefully. Chapter one begins with a review of Sigmund Freud and his techniques.
The authors introduce the subject of intimacy in marriage, which is closely tied to the will to relate.
The task that lies ahead is the development of a postmodern, post-Freudian, neoclassical approach to Christian pastoral care that takes seriously the resources of modernity while also penetrating its allusions and, having found the best of modern psychotherapy still problematic, has turned again to the classical tradition for its bearings, yet without disowning what it has learned from modern clinical experience.
Using transcriptions of group discussion, the author examines the perspectives and concerns of men and women,and shows how both need to see the concerns of the other.
The inspiration, fellowship, and sense of belonging which come from involvement in the life of a church where people are “members one of another” (Rom. 12:5) is an important source of psychological nourishment.
This chapter provides a working definition of alcoholism, then describes the types and developmental pattern of alcoholism, the problem of the woman alcoholic, and the size and seriousness of the problem.
Clinebell introduces a human-potentials approach to counseling and enrichment called “growth counseling”, and relates it to the relationships and resources of the spiritual community.
The best way to cope constructively with the problems posed by this (or any) new life stage is to concentrate on developing the fresh potentials the new stage brings. The good news is that insights and methods are now available by which such persons can renew their inner lives and enliven their marriages.