The parish clergy as a mental health resource

SummaryThis paper presents observations on the assets and liabilities of the parish clergy as a mental health resource within the community. These observations are drawn from a ten-year program of continuing education for cleargy in mental health, which focuses on daily pastoral experience. The pari...

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Published in:Journal of religion and health
Authors: Clemens, Norman A.; Corradi, Richard B.; Wasman, Marvin
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: [1978]
In:Journal of religion and health
Year: 1978, Volume: 17, Issue: 4, Pages: 227-232
Further subjects:B Psychological Intervention
B Community Mental Health
B Health Center
B Mental Health
B Service Area
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Summary:SummaryThis paper presents observations on the assets and liabilities of the parish clergy as a mental health resource within the community. These observations are drawn from a ten-year program of continuing education for cleargy in mental health, which focuses on daily pastoral experience. The parish setting is similar in many respects to the service area of a community mental health center. The clergy's assets often include availability, experience, tradition, and the special significance of the religious leader. Inadequate training in mental health skills and the complex demands of parish life are among the problems confronting the clergy in this area. On the whole, the pastoral role offers a unique and highly useful opportunity for positive psychological intervention.
ISSN:1573-6571
Contains:Enthalten in: Journal of religion and health
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1007/BF01532857