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Counseling Persons With Addictions and Compulsions: A Handbook for Clergy and Other Helping Professionals [Paperback]

By Andrew J. Weaver (Author), Charlene Hosenfeld (Author) & Harold George Koenig (Author)
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Publisher Marketing: This exhaustive volume contains case studies, information, and resources for counseling persons with addictions to such things as sex, shopping, prescription medications, pornography, alcohol, video games, and more. Special emphasis is placed upon the key role played by religious caregivers and religious communities in such persons' support.

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Studio: Pilgrim Press
Pages   239
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.94" Width: 7.16" Height: 0.68"
Weight:   1.17 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2007
Publisher   Pilgrim Press
ISBN  0829817050  
ISBN13  9780829817058  

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More About Andrew J. Weaver, Charlene Hosenfeld & Harold George Koenig

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Rev. Dr. Andrew Weaver is an ordained UM minister with 22 years' experience in ministry and a Clinical Psychologist. He is the associate publisher for Zion's Herald, a an independent religious journal of opinion, news, and reflection published by the Boston Wesleyan Association.

He has co-written or edited more than seven books published by Abingdon Press, including Reflections on Marriage and Spiritual Growth, Reflections on Forgiveness and Spiritual Growth, Reflections on Aging and Spiritual Growth, Counseling Troubled Older Adults, Counseling Troubled Teensand Their Families, and Counseling Families Across the Lifespan. Has worked extensively with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) survivors, a diagnosis that underlies this new book.

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  1. Creative Pastoral Care & Counseling

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Counseling Persons with Addictions and Compulsions  Aug 26, 2007

Counseling Persons with Addictions and Compulsions: A Handbook for Pastors and Other Helping Professionals is designed as a text for those in training for pastoral ministry as well as being a useful resource for clergy and other professionals addressing a wide array of addictions and compulsions. The volume deals with such issues as addiction to alcohol, gambling, tobacco, cocaine, inhalants, over the counter drugs, prescription drugs, steroids and methamphetamines, as well as compulsive shopping, exercise, computer use, and eating. In this period of widespread concern with addictions and compulsions, it is especially important that pastors and others in ministry understand how to help guide persons through these issues.

Part 1 offers information about the important role that clergy and the faith community serve in the mental health care of addicted persons and their families. This section spells out the need for special expertise by pastors and other religious professionals in how to recognize and address these conditions. This part of the book outlines the latest research-based information about how individuals and families use religion to prevent addictions from arising, as well as how faith can help them cope with the emotional distress related to these issues.

The heart of the book is found in Part 2. It is presented in a format that uses real life situations while highlighting practical implications for pastoral care. These case studies reflect the current knowledge available on each of 17 separate topics. The case studies make use of a multidisciplinary approach that integrates up to date clinical knowledge in pastoral care, psychology, psychiatry, nursing, and social work, along with contemporary scientific findings on the role of religion in mental health care.

The book is designed so that a reader can easily locate information on addictions and related mental health problems for which individuals and families seek pastoral counsel. It is an easy-to-use guide that provides for clergy and others the accurate and practical information they need on addictions when parishioners come to them seeking counsel.

Included in each chapter is information about how a pastor or colleague in ministry would assess the problem, what aspects of the case are most important, how to identify the major issues, specific directions about what a pastor and congregation can do, when to refer for professional assistance, and information about resources that can provide help. National organizations (often with toll-free numbers and Internet addresses) that supply information and support for families facing these issues are identified for each concern addressed. Cross-cultural aspects are noted and discussed, as well. Technical terms are defined in the glossary at the end of the book.

The text is written for people of all faiths, with an appreciation for the richness of the intergenerational and multicultural diversity found in religious communities. The authors are people of faith with specialties in mental health.

Dr. Weaver is a clinical psychologist and ordained United Methodist minister who has served rural and urban parishes. He has written over 160 scientific articles and book chapters and has co-authored 12 books. Dr. Charlene Hosenfeld is a Presbyterian laywoman and licensed clinical psychologist in Hawaii who has a private practice and also works in a hospital setting. She has more than 24 years of clinical experience and has worked with numerous clients who suffer from addictions. Dr. Koenig is professor of psychiatry and internal medicine, as well as director of the Center for Religion/Spirituality and Health at Duke University Medical Center. He has written over 200 scientific articles and book chapters and has authored or co-authored 30 books.

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