Counseling and Mental Health in the Church

The Role of Pastors and the Ministry (First Edition)
Kevin Van Lant, Ph.D., and Robyn Bettenhausen Geis, Psy.D.
©2019, 460 pages

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    Featuring chapters written by mental health professionals who are also experienced Christian practitioners, Counseling and Mental Health in the Church: The Role of Pastors and the Ministry provides ministry leaders with a foundational understanding of common mental health issues, typical approaches to treatment, and sage advice for supporting those experiencing mental health concerns.

    Recognizing that parishioners may seek guidance from pastors or others within the church before seeking help from mental health specialists, this text equips ministry leaders with the critical knowledge and helpful resources they need to successfully support and advise members of their congregation, or to direct them to additional useful resources.

    Individual chapters address specific concerns, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, grief, addiction, spectrum disorders, and more. Each chapter explores how a particular condition may manifest, how best to respond to it, potential treatment options, and resources to provide to affected individuals. Additional chapters distill the complex world of psychopharmacology as well as a focus on pastoral health in the face of responding to the demands of ministry.

    Containing real world examples and case studies to bridge the gap between knowledge and application, Counseling and Mental Health in the Church is an ideal resource for pre-service and seasoned ministry leaders alike. As a result, readers will find that they are better informed and better equipped to face day-to-day challenges.

    Kevin Van Lant, Ph.D. received his Ph.D. from Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University. He is director of the Pastoral Care and Counseling program and an associate professor of Christian ministry and leadership at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. Dr. Van Lant is a licensed clinical psychologist and maintains a private practice at the Center for Individual and Family Therapy.
    Robyn Bettenhausen Geis, Psy.D. received her Psy.D. from Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University. She is a licensed psychologist and practices at the Center for Individual and Family Therapy. Dr. Bettenhausen has over 30 years of experience in the profession with expertise in severe relational issues, trauma and attachment problems, and internal disintegration. She is the author of The Relational Brain.
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