Pastoral Care Emergencies (Creative Pastoral Care and Counseling)

by David K. Switzer

Paperback, 2000



Call number

IBMC Library - BV 4012.2 S94 2000 - Shlvd w/ Pastoral Care


Minneapolis : Fortress Press


0800632281 / 9780800632281


David K. Switzer presents a clear, illustrative and practical manual for pastoral caregivers that covers the entire range of pastoral care emergencies typically faced by clergy, pastoral counselors, and lay caregivers such as Stephen Ministers and Befrienders. The chapters deal with issues such as situational crises, hospital emergencies, ministry to the dying, bereavement, suicide, divorce, domestic violence, substance abuse, and psychiatric emergencies. The question of when and how to refer is discussed in the final chapter. The book is highly practical in approach, but still extremely sensitive to the theological issues at hand in ministering to those experiencing great emotional, mental, and physical distress.

Physical description

ix, 191 p.; 22 cm

Local notes

What is a pastoral emergency?
What does it mean to say that we care?
The carer and the caring : who are we and how do we go about it?
Responding to persons' needs in situational crises
Visiting the physically ill
Hospital emergencies
Ministry to the dying
Pastoral response to bereavement
Responding to suicidal persons and their families
Marriage and family life : family systems, counseling, divorce
Marriage and family emergencies : family violence, psychiatric emergencies
When and how to refer.
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