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Pastoral Care Emergencies

Pastoral Care Emergencies

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.
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  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800632281
  • eBook ISBN 9781451406108
  • Age/Grade Range Adult
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 208
  • Publication Date March 17, 2000


"I am confident that reading Pastoral Care Emergencies will strengthen and enrich your pastoral care, counseling, and general ministry. Switzer brings to his work the wisdom of some forty years of experience as a parish pastor and seminary professor. The scope and quality of the care you offer to others is certain to benefit from his knowledge and sound guidance."
—Howard W. Stone, professor emeritus of psychology and pastoral counseling at Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University