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Professional Spiritual and Pastoral Care: A Practical Clergy and Chaplain's Handbook 1st Edition

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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, MBA, MHL, BCJC, is the editor of Professional Spiritual & Pastoral Care: A Practical Clergy and Chaplain's Handbook and coeditor of Disaster Spiritual Care: Practical Clergy Response to Community, Regional and National Tragedy (both SkyLight Paths). He is a past president of the National Association of Jewish Chaplains. Most recently he served as the associate executive vice president of the New York Board of Rabbis, directing their chaplaincy program, providing services in more than fifty locations throughout New York, and serving as the endorser for both New York State's and New York City's Jewish chaplains. Prior to this he served as the director of chaplaincy of the Beth Israel Medical System (New York), overseeing chaplains and clinical pastoral education (CPE) programs at three acute care hospitals, one behavioral health hospital, and various outpatient facilities served by chaplains.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing; 1 edition (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594733120
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594733123
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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I had been searching for a textbook to support an Introduction to Chaplaincy course that I was asked to create for a nearby seminary. Following several searches I found this book on Amazon and ordered it. I could not be more pleased with the book. Each of the thirty-three chapters is written by an experienced practitioner in that particular field with links to resources and further readings at the end. The entire book has a useful topical index, though a general bibliography would also have been a nice addition. The book is well organized, beginning with theological foundations and expanding into practical spiritual care skills and specific populations receiving pastoral care.The final part presents the structure of professional chaplaincy as it is increasingly found in healthcare settings. While the book is tilted in the direction of healthcare chaplaincy, fully 2/3 of the content is easily applicable to other settings. I recommend this for anyone considering or just starting chaplaincy as well as for anyone seeking a refresher or one volume overview of professional chaplaincy as envisioned by the Association of Professional Chaplains.
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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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