1st Edition

A Pastoral Counselor's Model for Wellness in the Workplace

ISBN 9780789018540
Published September 24, 2003 by Routledge
174 Pages

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Book Description

From the author: If this information helps the professional caregiver, it will help the employee; if it helps the employee, it will help the company!

A Pastoral Counselor's Model for Wellness in the Workplace: Psychergonomics takes the concept of ergonomics beyond physical and environmental concerns to include a holistic interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit. This unique book examines how psychosocial factors like family, conflict, emotional stress, addiction, and financial pressures can impact an employee's health and well-being. It incorporates a new paradigm of health care into wellness in the corporate setting, adding a new dimension to human health and safety.

A Pastoral Counselor's Model for Wellness in the Workplace explores the workplace reality that illness and injury are not just the result of simple linear causes. Companies have data to determine how much they spend on insurance and worker's compensation claims but no way to measure the effects absenteeism, productivity, quality of work, and employee morale have on operating expenses. Using a holistic model of understanding, employers may now consider that an injury may be the result of an employee's depression, an accident might be caused by substance abuse, and an illness could be brought on by being worried “sick.”

A Pastoral Counselor's Model for Wellness in the Workplace examines how employees—and employers—can be affected by:

  • money troubles
  • marriage problems
  • depression
  • grief
  • stress
  • conflicts
  • addictions
  • alcoholism
  • anger
A Pastoral Counselor's Model for Wellness in the Workplace: Psychergonomics is an essential resource for all helping professions, particularly in the areas of mental health and addiction. The book is an invaluable tool for pastoral counselors, chaplains, human resources managers, employee assistance professionals, psychotherapists, health care professionals, and educators.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Part I: Chaplains and Pastoral Counselors in the Workplace
  • Chapter 1. Introduction
  • A Look at Professional Chaplains
  • A Look at Pastoral Counselors
  • Program Models
  • Definitions
  • Paradigm Shift
  • Chapter 2. Relevant Employee Counselor Issues
  • Marketing and Community Relations
  • Confidentiality
  • Violence in the Workplace
  • Community
  • Part II: Psychergonomics
  • Chapter 3. Psychergonomic Awareness
  • Leading Causes of Death
  • Cost of Healthcare
  • Wellness and the Corporate Setting
  • Toward Psychergonomics
  • Prevalent Psychergonomic Issues
  • Summary
  • Chapter 4. Interconnected Wellness
  • Interconnectedness
  • Words Have Power
  • The Body Speaks
  • An Industry Under Change
  • Secondary Gains of Illness
  • Affirmation, Acceptance, and Wellness
  • Proactive for Wellness
  • Chapter 5. Mind—Body—Spirit
  • Mind
  • Body
  • Spirit
  • Chapter 6. Practicing Wellness
  • Healthy Models for Wellness
  • Wellness Depends on Self-Awareness
  • Alternative and Complementary Forms of Wellness
  • Practicing Holistic Wellness
  • Incentives for Wellness
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix. Understanding for Wellness
  • Understanding Addictions
  • Understanding Alcoholism
  • Understanding Anger
  • Understanding Conflicts
  • Understanding Depression
  • Understanding Grief
  • Understanding Individual Uniqueness
  • Understanding Marriage Problems
  • Understanding Money Troubles
  • Understanding Stress
  • References
  • Index

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