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Fortress Press Creative Pastoral Care and Counseling Series (19 vols.)
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Overview

The message of the Gospel concerns not only the message of salvation, but also the promise of comfort and hope. The 19-volume Fortress Press Creative Pastoral Care and Counseling Series offers both introductions and discipline-specific resources for anyone involved in any aspect of pastoral ministry. The authors address a range of pastoral care issues typically faced by clergy, counselors, and caregivers, such as medical emergencies, ministry to the elderly, pastoral care of the sick and the dying, suicide prevention, dealing with domestic violence, and dozens of other vitally important issues. These books also contain insights and practical advice on pastoral care for adolescents, men, women, and other groups which face particular issues and pose unique sets of challenges. This volume also contains volumes on pastoral ministry in cross-cultural contexts.

Even the most skilled pastors and counselors can be apprehensive about pastoral care ministries, yet the need remains as urgent as ever. With the Logos edition of these important books from Fortress Press, you can search by topic and author for even more focused study—giving you quick access to the tools and resources to address pressing pastoral concerns. The practical advice in these volumes will benefit pastors, lay leaders, and anyone involved in caregiving ministries.

Key Features

  • Wisdom and advice from experienced pastors and caregivers
  • Specific resources on caregiving for the sick and the dying, suicide prevention, domestic violence, medical emergencies, and ministry to the elderly
  • Outlines and discussion of multiple methods of therapy
  • Reflections at the intersection of theology and psychology

Individual Titles

Pastoral Care and Counseling with Latino/as

  • Author: R. Esteban Montilla
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 160

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The Latino population is a pastorally challenging polyculture. This diversity requires spiritual caregivers to approach every Hispanic individual with humbleness. "Cada persona es un mundo," "every person is a world," says Montilla.

To equip professionals in ministry for their ministry with and for Latino/as, Montilla centers his presentation on families and rituals at the heart and soul of the Hispanic community as the key to caregiving. In that context he unfolds a variegated picture of the particular cultural guideposts for Latinas and Latinos in the U.S. today, especially their symbols and rituals, attitudes toward health and healing, abiding faith, and contemporary quest for creative agency and dignity. He closes by exploring pastoral strategies with issues of discrimination and racism, and contemporary issues in providing pastoral counseling with Latinas and Latinos.

I applaud the groundbreaking work by Esteban Montilla and Ferney Medina, especially for its effort to bring the Latino world into dialogue with the mostly Anglo clinical pastoral tradition. This is a serious and helpful work that deserves our attention.

—Raymond Lawrence, Ph.D., General Secretary, College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy; Director of Pastoral Services, New York Presbyterian Hospital / Columbia University Health Center

A comprehensive guidebook. . . Montilla and Medina discuss appropriate clinical helping skills and cultural competence by recognizing the importance of spirituality in Latinos' lives and how the family structure and daily life are influenced by this connection to a high power. They have created an informative and pragmatic text on an under-recognized paradigm for helping and healing—the integration of spirituality into the counseling relationship.

—Patricia Arredondo, Ed.D., President, American Counseling Association, Past-President, National Latina/Latino Psychological Association

R. Esteban Montilla is Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor at Driscoll Children's Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas.

A Primer in Pastoral Care

  • Author: Jeanne Stevenson Moessner
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Pages: 96

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Based on her twenty years of teaching and on her own experience in pastoral care, Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner has written a basic pastoral-care text to assist in the emotional and spiritual preparation of pastoral caregivers.

Stevenson-Moessner sees pastoral care as the interconnection and interplay of the love of God, the love of neighbor, and the love of self. Her brief book engenders confidence and caring from the outset, and assuages the fear and anxiety that naturally occur when one accompanies people in life-changing pain and travail. Through biblical parables—especially the Good Samaritan and the Good Shepherd—and stories from her own experience, Stevenson-Moessner imparts genuine wisdom and meaningful support to those who courageously dare to offer caregiving ministry in whatever situation or through whatever method or paradigm.

Beginning caregivers, be they ordained or lay, will find the encouragement they need along with good, practical guidance — often couched in wonderful illustrative stories — about how to effectively bear Christ into the pain and sorrow of the people to whom they are privileged to minister.

—The Rev. Dr. Henry F. French, Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, MN

Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner is Associate Professor of Pastoral Care at Southern Methodist University and Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, Texas. She is editor of two pioneering books in pastoral care, Through the Eyes of Women: Insights for Pastoral Care; Women in Travail and Transition: A New Pastoral Care; and author of In Her Own Time: Women and Developmental Issues in Pastoral Care and A Primer on Pastoral Care.

Short-Term Spiritual Guidance

  • Author: Duane R. Bidwell
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 128

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This book represents a significant departure from most contemporary writing about spiritual direction. While most writers focus on long-term relationships of guidance, specifically envisioning long listening sessions, Bidwell changes focus. Spiritual direction, he insists, typically requires intervention in a specific crisis or situation or question, is not formal, lasts fewer than five sessions, and must be actively and intentionally focused on the person's growth. Bidwell's work shows what spiritual directors can learn from the short-term therapy model, especially about enabling people briefly but effectively to ''learn to listen on their own and with others for God's presence.'' Focusing on how God is already active in the directee's life allows the participants to identify God's action and respond in ways that collaborate with that identified movement of the Spirit.

In Short-Term Spiritual Guidance, Duane Bidwell. . . offers several specific interventions that the reader can use when caring for the spiritual life. He not only makes the point that, historically, most spirit care is brief but also goes on to suggest how brief spiritual direction can be done. He provides a way that ministers and concerned laypersons can offer spiritual direction that honors the person, recognizes the context of how the care is offered 'on the run,' and stays true to the historical ways spiritual direction has been offered. I think you will find his specific suggestions for how to go about care, and the specific interventions involved, very beneficial.

—Howard W. Stone

Duane R. Bidwell is Director of the Pastoral Care and Training Center, Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, and pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Bridgeport, Texas.

Pastoral Care Emergencies

  • Author: David K. Switzer
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 2000
  • Pages: 208

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In this volume, David K. Switzer presents a clear, illustrative and practical manual for pastoral caregivers which covers the entire range of pastoral care emergencies typically faced by clergy, pastoral counselors, and lay caregivers. The chapters deal with issues such as situational crises, hospital emergencies, ministry to the dying, bereavement, suicide, divorce, domestic violence, substance abuse, and psychiatric emergencies. The question of when and how to refer is discussed in the final chapter. This book is highly practical in approach, but still extremely sensitive to the theological issues at hand in ministering to those experiencing great emotional, mental, and physical distress.

David K. Switzer is Emeritus Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas.

Pastoral Visitation

  • Author: Nancy J. Gorsuch
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 1999
  • Pages: 94

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Clergy, students of pastoral care, and lay visitation volunteers will find Nancy Gorsuch an effective guide in developing an intentional, proactive program of pastoral visitation in the local church. To increase the pastoral visitor's positive experiences of effectiveness, the author presents basic how-to information in a straightforward manner characterized by vivid illustrations and case studies. The book provides a theological basis for pastoral visitation and goes on to explore the types and purposes of visitation, preparation and resources, training and basic helping skills, assessment and follow-up, and methods of sustaining pastoral visitation as a means of building a caring community of faith.

Nancy Gorsuch is Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling at Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University.

The Pastor as Moral Guide

  • Author: Rebekah L. Miles
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 1999
  • Pages: 152

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Adultery, divorce, racism, teen pregnancy, white-collar crime, living wills—these are among the many complex moral issues that Christians face and for which they often seek guidance from their pastors. This book is designed to assist pastors in developing their skills in providing moral guidance to their parishioners in a culture characterized by both ethical confusion and increasingly complex moral choices. Rebekah Miles, a gifted thinker and writer, guides the reader through the landscape of the moral life and offers a simple but profound map of the moral terrain along with practical tools to enable pastoral caregivers to serve more effectively as moral guides.

Rebekah L. Miles is Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of United Methodist Studies at Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth. Her Ph.D. is from the University of Chicago and she is the author of several articles in Christian theology and practical theology.

Premarital Guidance

  • Author: Charles W. Taylor
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 1999
  • Pages: 128

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Deeply rooted in the traditions of the church, Charles Taylor brings both the resources of faith and the skills of contemporary psychology to bear in the crucial arena of premarital guidance. Taylor also provides helpful guidelines for churches in establishing congregational policies for both premarital counseling and the design of the wedding service itself. An ideal resource for clergy, premarital counselors, and congregational wedding committees, Premarital Guidance provides the theological and practical knowledge and skills necessary for guiding those seeking marriage in the church.

In Premarital Guidance, Charles Taylor does not rehash well-worn phrases about marriage. He combines systems theory, cognitive therapy, sociological data, and the traditions of the church with pastoral theology and pastoral care from a new and fresh perspective . . . an eminently practical book.

—Howard W. Stone, Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University

Charles W. Taylor is Professor of Pastoral Theology at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Berkeley, California.

Pastoral Care of Gays, Lesbians, and Their Families

  • Author: David K. Switzer
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 1999
  • Pages: 168

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This book, written by a pastoral theologian with years of experience in counseling gay and lesbian individuals and their families, assists both pastoral caregivers and congregations in examining and enhancing their pastoral care of homosexuals and their families. This book provides factual information, theological and biblical insight, and practical counseling skills to help congregations become caring communities for gays and lesbians.

In the church and even outside of it, few subjects stir controversy—and tempers—more quickly than the church's response to homosexuality. In Pastoral Care of Gays, Lesbians, and Their Families, David Switzer recognized the sensitivity of the homosexuality issue in the church. . . . [The book] will challenge readers to examine their ministry to gays and lesbians in the congregations and enhance their ministry to them.

—Howard W. Stone, Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University

David K. Switzer is Emeritus Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas.

Pastoral Care of Older Adults

  • Author: Harold G. Koenig
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 1998
  • Pages: 112

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More than half of mainline Protestants are over the age of sixty. Older adults have special needs to which many pastors are not adequately prepared to minister. Pastoral Care of Older Adults addresses such problems, many of which were identified in an extensive survey of clergy. The book provides practical guidance for parish pastors, and other counselors, to deal with such issues as Alzheimer's disease, the chronically ill, relocation, health crises, grief, depression, anxiety, gender differences, poverty, and the issues faced by the children of older adults.

Harold G. Koenig, M.D. is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Internal Medicine, and Director of Psychiatric Services at Duke University Geriatric Evaluation.

Competency-Based Counseling: Building on Client Strengths

  • Authors: Jack Cockburn and Frank Thomas
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 1998
  • Pages: 160

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This book demonstrates how counselors can help people to use the resources they already have so they can address issues that come up in life. The authors show that most people have within themselves the strengths and resources to confront the issues positively that trouble their lives. The counseling method elicits resiliency, assets, and successful experiences from the client's past to foster positive change in the present. Case studies are included, drawn especially from marriage and family counseling.

Thomas and Cockburn have given counseling pastors and pastoral psychotherapists a valuable research-based systems-oriented, growth-enabling model that will help them think outside the boxes of traditional insight-oriented, pathology-based approaches to pastoral counseling and ministry. Their model focuses on short-term methods of activating people's strengths and potential resources for changing their perception of problems and taking charge of their lives.

—Howard Clinebell, Emeritus Professor, Claremont School of Theology

The work that Thomas and Cockburn are suggesting in this book is cutting edge. What they are writing about, ministers will be talking about five to ten years from now. This manuscript is very creative. I am very much in favor of the Thomas/Cockburn proposal.

—Howard W. Stone, Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University

Jack Cockburn is a licensed professional counselor in the psychology department at PRIDE, Dallas Texas. He is the author of several research articles in the area of family therapy.

Frank Thomas is Associate Professor, Family Therapy Program, Texas Woman's University and a clinical supervisor at Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist and has written extensively in brief and family therapy.

When Faith Is Tested: Pastoral Responses to Suffering and Tragic Death

  • Authors: Jeffry R. Zurheide and Howard W. Stone
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 1997
  • Pages: 96

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When a religious caregiver visits a person who is suffering and dying or who is grieving a tragic death, questions arise concerning faith in God's goodness and power. This book deals with the pastor's preparation to deal with personal and cosmic issues of suffering and justice. Zurheide includes suggestions for conducting conversations with the dying.

Belief in the poser of God is not diluted as a means to 'explain' why these things happen, but rather affirms the power of God as manifest in the very vulnerability of God.

—Donald Capps

Jeffry R. Zurheide is Pastor of Wilton Baptist Church in Wilton, Connecticut. A former hospital chaplain, he holds the D.Min. in pastoral care and counseling from Brite Divinity School and is a member of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education.

Howard W. Stone is a psychologist, marriage and family therapist, a pastoral counselor, the author or editor of many books in the Fortress Press Creative Pastoral Care and Counseling series, and a professor emeritus at Texas Christian University. Two previous editions of Crisis Counseling have sold 45,000 copies in the United States and have been published in six other countries.

Grief, Transition, and Loss: A Pastor's Practical Guide

  • Author: Wayne E. Oates
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 1997
  • Pages: 96

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In this book written for counselors and pastors, Wayne Oates shares ideas from a lifetime of ministry on how to help people who have suffered loss—not only to death, but also to such life situations as separation, divorce, and job loss.

Pastors are privileged to offer ministry in the context of bereavement grief, but in this book Oates takes us into life situations where the significance of grief, separation, and loss often go unnoticed—such as divorce and employment situations. These are particular grief experiences, and Oates opens the readers' eyes to expanded opportunities for caregiving. Attentive to the life cycle, Oates insightfully reminds us of separation and loss issues from birth to death. As always, Oates discovers nuggets of biblical wisdom and spiritual insight that ground pastoral care in the Christian tradition and connect caregiving with the faith of the parishioner.

—Andrew D. Lester, Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, Texas

This is one of those rare resources that is comprehensive and profound while remaining simple and concise in its presentation. Oates directs his work to anticipate, and thus be more responsive to, the losses that occur daily in the life of a congregation. I would recommend this book for introductory courses in pastoral care and as a refresher for those who have been in ministry for many years.

—William V. Arnold, Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, Virginia

Wayne E. Oates is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Author of numerous publications, he was for many years Professor of Psychology of Religion at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky.

Creating a Healthier Church: Family Systems Theory, Leadership, and Congregational Life

  • Author: Ronald W. Richardson
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 1996
  • Pages: 184

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In this volume, Ronald W. Richardson helps us to understand how congregations function emotionally. Without being simplistic, he gives clear directions on how to improve their quality of life together and function more effectively in achieving mission goals. This book offers:

  • A theory about human behavior that will aid understanding of how things can get out of control in the human community of the church.
  • A practical set of leadership ideas and behaviors.
  • Guidelines for how to behave in the midst of upsetting and conflict circumstances
  • Personal steps that leaders in the church can take to become more positive forces for healing and cooperation.
Every congregation that has struggled to maintain a balance between individuality and togetherness, closeness and distance, unity and difference, and every leader who has determined to stay out of the emotional muddles of congregational life will find help in this book.

—Herbert Anderson

Ron Richardson has given us an interesting and informative book about creating a healthy church. This is an important book for pastors and congregations. He has framed the book in a way that lends itself to discussion, and through questions at the end of the chapters, guides those reading or discussing the material to in-depth examination.

—James C. Wurtzen, Director, The Blanto-Peale Graduate Institute

Ronald W. Richardson is former Clinical Director of the North Shore Counseling Center, pastoral counselor, author of many books on family systems theory and is currently a retired pastor living in West Vancouver, BC, Canada. Richardson attended UCLA where he received his BA in English Literature in 1962. He then went on to Princeton Theological Seminary and received his MD in Biblical Studies in 1966. Later, he finished his studies at Colgate/Rochester Divinity School receiving his Doctorate in 1976. Richardson is author of Family Ties That Bind: A Self-Help Guide to Change through Family of Origin Therapy, Birth Order and You: How Your Sex and Position in the Family Affect Your Personality and Relationships, and Creating a Healthier Church: Family Systems Theory, Leadership, and Congregational Life.

Cross-Cultural Counseling

  • Author: Aart M. van Beek
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 1996
  • Pages: 96

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For the busy pastor, this volume outlines sensitivities, awarenesses, and skills fundamental to this type of helping process. Issues such as identity, sense of belonging, worldview, identification, family counseling, and use of biblical resources are discussed and illustrated with a wide variety of vivid cases.

Aart van Beek, a pastoral counselor, consultant, educator, and theologian with rich experience in the southwestern United States and in Southeast Asia has authored a practical guide for caregivers. His book offers hands-on ways to attend, empathize, assess, understand, intervene, and to integrate these insights and skills into one's own worldview, theory, and theology. An ambitious task for so few pages, but his goal is achieved.

—David W. Augsburger, Fuller Theological Seminary

Aart M. van Beek, a Presbyterian minister, teaches pastoral care and counseling at the Jakarta Theological Seminary, in Jakarta, Indonesia. He and his wife are also the representatives for Church World Service in Indonesia.

Counseling Adolescent Girls

  • Author: Patricia H. Davis
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 1996
  • Pages: 112

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This book is an introduction to the worlds, lives, and struggles of diverse kinds and communities of girls that ministers and youth leaders are likely to encounter in the church. Issues such as spirituality, family relationships, sexuality, and school are explored from a cultural and contextual perspective. Problems typically associated with girls are explained, such as eating disorders, depression, and violence against girls. Pastoral care approaches to these issues and problems are provided. These helpful suggestions take seriously girls' spirituality and social context.

A remarkably insightful and informative book on the life experience and pastoral needs of young women. Inviting, illuminating and liberating, it fills a significant gap in the literature in pastoral care and counseling.

—Christie Cozad Neuger

This is a powerfully confident and inspiringly hopeful book. Davis writes out of her unflagging, personally tested conviction that parents, pastors, youth leaders, teachers, and other concerned adults can—and do—make a real difference in adolescent girls' lives.

—Donald Capps, Princeton Theological Seminary

This straightforward book, which brings together a wealth of current literature on the subject of adolescence, will be received with gratitude by anyone who wants to develop more positive relationships with adolescent girls.

—Carroll Saussy, Wesley Theological Seminary

Patricia H. Davis is Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas.

Woman Battering

  • Author: Carol J. Adams
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 1994
  • Pages: 128

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This book was written as a practical response to many ministers who approached the author after they did not know what to say to a woman suffering violence from her abusive husband. The focus and audience is the Christian community, and the particular issues that are raised in a Christian context. Although a pastor in a congregational setting is used in most examples, the recommendations can be helpful to hospital and college chaplains, deacons, and youth chaplains as well as pastoral counselors.

Finally a comprehensive resource for pastoral care in response to the trauma of woman-battering. Theologically grounded and practically applied, Woman Battering is the perfect combination to equip pastors and pastoral men. Every Christian minister needs this book in order to understand women-battering in the context of our religious and social culture.

—Marie M. Fortune, Executive Director

Carol J. Adams, a nationally recognized author, has been involved in responding to the needs of abused women since the mid-seventies, after graduation from Yale Divinity School. In addition to establishing hotlines for battered women, she has served or chaired various national domestic violence projects and committees, taught in seminaries, and served as a consultant to churches on sexual violence.

Counseling Men

  • Author: Philip L Culbertson
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 1994
  • Pages: 96

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Counseling Men opens the way for men to discuss and discover their fears and losses in conversation with clergy, pastoral counselors, and lay caregivers.

Counseling Men aims to help concerned men achieve a clearer identity in the whirlwind of change that is occurring in family and relationship structures. Philip Culbertson addresses the radical disparity between the stereotypes of how men are portrayed in our society and how they actually live their lives, between the media's macho, superhero, all-controlling, fantastic lovers and the fearful cogs in the wheel of today's impersonal business world, mortgaged to the hilt and worried about career and the responsibilities of providing for his family. . . Throughout, I found myself agreeing and demurring, but always being engaged by Culbertson's formulations. His ideas will provoke and comfort, sensitize and humanize those who take seriously the changing world in which men find themselves. An important resource for those seeking to minister to men.

—Harold W. Stone

Philip Culbertson teaches Pastoral Care and Counseling at St Johns Theological College; Counseling Psychology at Auckland University; Psychotherapy at Auckland University of Technology; and has a private practice in psychotherapy. He holds a Bachelors degree in Music from Washington University, a Masters degree in Divinity from General Theology Seminary in New York City, and a Ph.D. in Education from New York University. He has done additional graduate studies at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, The Ecumenical Institute of the World Council of Churches in Bossey Switzerland, and at Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand. Culbertson belongs to the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Biblical Literature, and the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists. He is the author of New Adam: The Future of Masculine Spirituality and coeditor, with Arthur Shippee, of The Pastor: Readings from the Patristic Period.

Crisis Counseling: Revised Edition

  • Author: Howard W. Stone
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 1993
  • Pages: 96

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Ministers—both clergy and lay—are often the first recourse for people in crisis, and people expect them to navigate through emergency, tragedy, disaster, loss. Often these persons are paralyzed and they expect help to get in motion again.

Crisis Counseling is written for persons who seek to provide such assistance, whether as ministers or hotline volunteers or pastoral counselors. Here, Howard W. Stone unites the historic skills of pastoral care and counseling with the recent methods of crisis intervention from the fields of psychology and psychotherapy. The insights of marriage and family systems also have been incorporated into this book, even though crisis intervention arose out of individual psychotherapeutic theory and practice.

This thoroughly revised book includes new material on suicide, working with the family of Alzheimer patients, crisis counseling by telephone, intervention in volatile or hazardous situations, and the minister's personal safety.

Howard W. Stone is a psychologist, marriage and family therapist, a pastoral counselor, the author or editor of many books in the Fortress Press Creative Pastoral Care and Counseling series, and a professor emeritus at Texas Christian University.

Integrative Family Therapy

  • Author: David C. Olsen
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 1993
  • Pages: 96

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Pastoral counselors, therapists-in-training and clergy are usually introduced to one method of family assessment and treatment, which works better in some situations than in others.

Integrative Family Therapy introduces the major schools of family therapy, proposes a tested model that integrates the various approaches, and illustrates how this model functions both for assessing and treating family problems.

Seven central concepts are discerned as a way of understanding the various family therapies as a group. Then the major family therapy theories are discussed, including cognitive, family life cycle-developmental, interactional-communication, multigenerational, object relations, problem solving and structural family. After examine their deep structures, an integrated model of six discrete moments is presented and illustrated.

David C. Olsen is Executive Director of the Samaritan Counseling Center of the Capital Region. He is a clinical member and approved supervisor in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and has supervised the training of family therapist for several years.

Product Details

  • Title: Fortress Press Creative Pastoral Care and Counseling Series
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Volumes: 19
  • Pages: 2,406