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2nd Edition

The Minister's Guide to Psychological Disorders and Treatments

ISBN 9780415712453
Published May 21, 2014 by Routledge
220 Pages

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Book Description

The Minister’s Guide to Psychological Disorders and Treatments, 2nd ed, is a thorough yet succinct guide to everything a minister might need to know about the most common psychological disorders and the most useful mental-health treatments. Written in straightforward and accessible language, this is the minister’s one-stop guide to understanding common mental health problems, helping parishioners who struggle with them, and thinking strategically about whether to refer—and if so, to whom. This thoroughly updated edition is fully aligned with the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) and the latest evidence regarding evidence-based psychological treatments. The second edition also contains a new chapter on ministerial triage as well as additions to the DSM-V such as autism spectrum disorder and somatic symptom disorders. Written with deep empathy for the demands of contemporary pastoring, this guide is destined to become an indispensable reference work for busy clergy in all ministry roles and settings.

Table of Contents

Foreword Jim Singleton  1. Why a Minister's Guide?  2. Types of Mental Health Treatment  3. The Parishioner in Distress: Major Psychological Disorders, Pat I  4. The Parishioner in Distress: Major Psychological Disorders, Part II  5. Causing Distress in Others: Maladaptive Personalities  6. The Family in Distress: Childhood and Relationship Problems  7. Ministerial Triage: Pastoral Care and the Art of Referral  8. Ethical Guidelines: What to Expect from Mental Health Professionals  Notes  Index

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W. Brad Johnson, PhD, is professor of psychology in the department of leadership, ethics, and law at the United States Naval Academy and a faculty associate in the Graduate School of Education at Johns Hopkins University. He is a clinical psychologist and former lieutenant commander in the Navy's Medical Service Corps.

William L. Johnson, PhD, was professor emeritus of the department of psychology at Whitworth University while maintaining an active private practice in psychology. For much of his career, he was a church elder and busy consultant to a generation of pastors.


"The Minister’s Guide to Psychological Disorders and Treatments is an absolute gem! With ministers being the first, and often only, person many parishioners will seek out when experiencing emotional, behavioral, relationship, and mental-health struggles, this book is the essential resource for every member of the clergy. I can think of no better book to inform, assist, and support ministers in the important role they serve with their parishioners. This very readable and practical book should be on every minister's desk to be used as a reference to return to time and time again. Readers will find themselves much better equipped to best meet and address their parishioners' needs."

—Jeffrey E. Barnett, PsyD, ABPP, professor, associate chair, and director of the Practitioner Masters Programs at Loyola University Maryland

"This book had me at the first sentence, and I was thoroughly compelled by the time I reached the warning about fads among mental-health professionals. The Minister’s Guide to Psychological Disorders and Treatments is a solid, thoughtful resource for leaders, written by well-respected mental health professionals who value the ministries and priorities of faith communities."

—Mark R. McMinn, PhD, ABPP, professor of psychology at George Fox University