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Professional Spiritual and Pastoral Care: A Practical Clergy and Chaplain's Handbook Hardcover

ISBN-13: 978-1594733123 ISBN-10: 1594733120 Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 500 pages
  • Publisher: Skylight Paths Pub; 1 edition (November 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594733120
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594733123
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...articles offer consistently high-quality information and refer to a rich array of resources to support their content. The topics covered make this a prized resource for the CPE student and the 25 year anniversary chaplain.

David A. Lichter, D.Min.
Executive Director
National Association of Catholic Chaplains

Each chapter is written by practicing and credible providers of pastoral care and represent a diverse cross-section of persons and settings for ministry. Each chapter is capable of standing alone. Excellent resource for providers of pastoral care as well as a teaching resource for professionals that teach pastoral care.

Sally A. Schwab
ACPE Pres.


A "must have" volume for all of those who are professional spiritual or pastoral care providers, whether student, supervisor, or local practitioners. There is something for everyone whether one is in a solo position or a member of a larger staff.

Rev. Dr. David Johnson BCC, ACPE Supervisor
President: Association of Professional Chaplains

Students and teachers of chaplaincy have been asking for a guidebook that points the way at the critical beginning of the path. Stephen Roberts has not only provided that book, but done so with so much insight. An invaluable resource for the most seasoned professional as well as beginning student.

Rabbi Julie Schonfeld
EVP: The Rabbinical Assembly

About the Author

Rabbi Stephen B. Roberts, BCJC, has taught and written extensively on pastoral and spiritual care. He is co-editor of Disaster Spiritual Care: Practical Clergy Responses to Community, Regional and National Tragedy (SkyLight Paths), a past president of the National Association of Jewish Chaplains, and former associate executive vice president of the New York Board of Rabbis overseeing the Jack D. Weiler Chaplaincy Program, which employs chaplains in over 50 health care facilities. He is also chairman emeritus and a founder of Disaster Chaplaincy Services, Inc., a partnership program within the American Red Cross in Greater New York

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Rabbi Stephen Roberts, BCJC, MBA

Rabbi Roberts is a Past President of the National Association of Jewish Chaplains and served on the Board for almost a decade. He became a Board Certified Jewish Chaplain (BCJC) with the NAJC in 1998.

Over the last decade Rabbi Roberts has worked very closely with the leadership of the Association of Professional Chaplains, National Association of Catholic Chaplains, the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education, American Association of Pastoral Counselors, Canadian Association for Spiritual Care, and other groups on a variety of critical chaplaincy leadership projects including helping create The Spiritual Care Collaborative (SCC); co-overseeing and co-guiding the process leading to the Common Standards for Professional Chaplaincy, Common Code of Ethics for Chaplains, Pastoral Counselors, Pastoral Educators and Students; participating in the approval of The White Paper.

Rabbi Stephen Roberts most recently was the Associate Executive Vice President of the New York Board of Rabbis. In this capacity he directed the Jack D. Weiler Chaplaincy Services of the NYBR which provides pastoral care services to over fifty facilities in the New York City, Long Island and Westchester. Prior to the NYBR he was the Director of Pastoral Care for the Beth Israel Hospital System (NY) (through The HealthCare Chaplaincy, Inc.) overseeing a large staff of professional chaplains at four locations plus a CPE program at two locations.

Rabbi Roberts is the co-editor of Disaster Spiritual Care: Practical Clergy Responses to Communiy, Regional and National Tragedy[Skylights Paths; May 2008], which is the first comprehensive resource for pastoral care in the face of disaster--a vital resource for clergy, seminarians, pastoral counselors and caregivers of all faith traditions. It is an essential resource for clergy and caregivers which integrates the classic foundations of pastoral care with the unique challenges of disaster response on community, regional and national levels.

Rabbi Roberts has served on American Red Cross' National Spiritual Care Oversight Committee since 2000. This committee is responsible for overseeing the provision of spiritual care through ARC after major transportation and other similar disasters. As part of his disaster spiritual care work with ARC, prior to 9/11 he helped recruit and train chaplains who then became part of ARC's 9/11 national response. Rabbi Roberts, responding to the 9/11 terror attacks, was the first Spiritual Care Officer overseeing the provision of Spiritual Care through national ARC's SAIR team in New York City and then helped oversee the program as the Senior Volunteer from December, 2001 until the operation was completed the following May. Over 800 chaplains volunteered with ARC during this time. Further, in June, 2002 Rabbi Roberts chaired the one day conference titled: "The Lifecycle of a Disaster: Ritual and Practice - Understanding the Impact of the 9/11 terrorist attacks n faith communities and their leaders." Over 700 leaders of faith communities participated making it one of the largest inter-faith gathering in New York post-9/11.

Rabbi Roberts is a Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Disaster Chaplaincy Services (DCS) which was founded in 2003. DCS was spun off from ARC-GNY in 2004 and is the multi-faith organization which now provides disaster chaplains in the New York area. DCS has over 200 trained chaplain volunteers and has responded to a variety of incidents including the Staten Island ferry accident.

Other publications include include: "Compassion Fatigue Among Chaplains, Clergy and Other Respondents After September 11th" [Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease; Volume 191, Number 11, November 2003] and Jewish Pastoral Care in Wake of a Disaster [Book Chapter - Jewish Pastoral Care - A Practical Handbook; Editor: Rabbi Dayle Friedman; Jewish Lights; June, 2005].

Rabbi Roberts has a Masters in Business from The Wharton School in Philadelphia, PA. He was ordained from Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in New York in 1995.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Brent R. Kelly on October 29, 2012
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If you need to learn about the current academic state of Pastoral/Spiritual Care then this is THE book you need to read. It is the result of years of research and praxis by professional Chaplains and Clergy who work in the field. Now it is not a religious prolemic and there is no 'doctrine' other than that people are the focus of spiritual and pastoral care, rather than the Minister's agenda. I have worked with Parishes, the Military and in Trauma for thirty years and I wish that this type of book was available when I began serving people.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By JT on August 19, 2012
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The book is excellent. I have just completed 4 units of CPE (Clinical Pastoral Educatiob) and wish that this book was part of the program. It offers good insights and practical suggestions form ministry. I like the use of story which always helps to integrate head knowledge with experience. A good tool for chaplains.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chaplain Emily on April 20, 2013
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For those who are working in the field of Spiritual and Pastoral Care, this is a helpful professional guide for hospital chaplains, CPE interns and residents.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Vahagn Azizyan on March 7, 2012
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I am completing my third CPE unit. My goal is to become a professional chaplain. I feel that my generation of chaplains to be are more than any blessed to have this source and guide on our way to professional chaplaincy. My learning goals for the present are self refelection and use of self in the outcome oriented chaplaincy model. I could never imagine to have this book so on time. Thanks to the editor and contributors of this book for such a great and wonderful resource.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By juju girl on October 15, 2013
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my chaplain staff love this as a reference for spiritual care in the palliative medicine hospital setting where patient are often in crisis requiring strong psychosocial and spiritual support
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AntonioM on May 15, 2013
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This book is GREAT, the best book I have read about Chaplains ministry. I suggest this book that all ministers need to read this book, is an school in the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Nolan on February 28, 2013
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I bought this as a Christmas gift for my daughter, who is a hospital chaplain resident.

She was pretty excited to receive it because of the reputations of the authors.

Good gift for someone in ministry.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Russell Hale on January 16, 2012
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As a Navy chaplain preparing to sit before the APC BCC committee I have found this book to be invaluable, especially as I am completing the BCC Competency essays. Further, the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery is moving to the Outcome Oriented Chaplaincy model and this book has been a resource that I use at least on a weekly basis.
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