1st Edition

Pastoral Care for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Healing the Shattered Soul

ISBN 9780789015426
Published June 20, 2002 by Routledge
142 Pages

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Book Description

Provide effective care for the members of your congregation suffering with PTSD!

This vital book is an overview of the nature of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It examines the causes, manifestations, and problems of PTSD as they relate to a person socially, spiritually, emotionally, physically, and psychologically. Stressing hope, healing, and compassion, Pastoral Care for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Healing the Shattered Soul includes specific suggestions for the prevention of traumatic events and for using peacemaking techniques to stop violence in your clients’lives.

Pastoral Care for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a practical, understandable, professionally presented and researched working guide for clergy in parishes, for chaplains, and for seminarians who have little or no knowledge of how to pastor to people who are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. It is also for lay people who minister to those who have been traumatized. Survivors will also benefit from its affirmation for the spiritual component of healing.

This unique volume provides the practical means to support people through the healing process while maintaining their spiritual grounding, with:

  • case studies that will help develop your skills
  • a thoughtful discussion of the theological dimensions of trauma and suffering
  • a practical methodology for crisis intervention
  • an examination of the specific needs of veterans
  • a look at the potential for caregiver burnout and how to prevent it
  • ways that churches can contribute to the prevention of the trauma that leads to PTSD
  • methods for using scripture as a source of healing for PTSD survivors
Pastoral Care for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder also defines PTSD from a mental health perspective and gives examples of the kinds of trauma that may lead to it. No one working with PTSD survivors in a spiritual setting should be without this book!

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • Acknowledgments
  • Chapter 1. Defining Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Its Causes
  • Sexual Trauma
  • Physical Trauma
  • Psychological Trauma
  • Spiritual Trauma
  • Eyewitnesses and Survivors of Disaster
  • Chapter 2. Symptoms of PTSD
  • Chapter 3. Common Manifestations
  • Spiritual Issues: Grief and Anger
  • Chapter 4. Psychological Complications
  • Church As Redemptive Community
  • Chapter 5. Theological Dimensions of Spiritual Trauma
  • Theodicy and Suffering
  • Spiritual Care and Healing
  • Forgiveness
  • Prayer, Meditation, and Healing Practices
  • Chapter 6. Special Needs and Issues of Veterans
  • Female Veterans
  • Gender Issues and Spirituality
  • Chapter 7. Pastoral Care Issues for the Pastor/Caregiver
  • Role of the Pastor
  • Gender Issues and Sexuality
  • Race, Class, and Cultural Issues
  • Alternative Spirituality
  • Suicide and Crisis Intervention
  • Chapter 8. Healing Rituals
  • A Liturgy of Communion and Healing
  • Chapter 9. Good News in Scripture
  • Chapter 10. Working with Therapists, Counselors, and Doctors
  • Chapter 11. Clergy Self-Care
  • Chapter 12. Prevention of PTSD
  • Epilogue
  • Spiritual Assessment
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included

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