This is the first comprehensive resource for spiritual and pastoral care--a vital resource for clergy, seminarians, chaplains, pastoral counselors and caregivers of all faith traditions. It integrates the classic foundations of pastoral care with the latest approaches on spiritual care. It is specifically intended for professionals who work or spend time with congregants in acute care hospitals, behavioral health facilities, rehabilitation centers and long-term care facilities.
Offering the latest theological perspectives and tools, along with basic theory and skills from the best pastoral and spiritual care texts, research and concepts, the contributors to this resource are experts in their fields, and include eight current or past presidents of the major chaplaincy organizations. Topics include:
- The Theology of Spiritual and Pastoral Care-- How do you create a theology to do spiritual/pastoral care?
- The Process of Spiritual and Pastoral Care--The general theory behind spiritual/pastoral care; caring reflective listening; aiding life review; chaplaining around end of life; conducting spiritual assessments; creating and implementing a pastoral plan; ethics.
- Spiritual/Pastoral Care with Special Populations and Their Needs--International cultures and immigrants, pediatrics, mental health, LGBT, disabled, palliative care with chronic illness, arrested and complicated grief.
- The Infrastructure of Spiritual and Pastoral Care--How to begin strategic planning, standards of care for all professional chaplains, quality assurance, quality improvement designing sacred spaces, cultural competencies.