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The Minister's Guide to Psychological Disorders and Treatments


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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

About the Author

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

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