ERIC Number: ED448391
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Aug
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Clergy as Counselors: "The Sleeping Giant" Revisited.
Grimm, Julia Pecnik; Bassett, Rodney L.
This study attempted to determine how effective clergy are as counselors. Clergy (N=131) from a 7 county area in the Northeast were asked to provide information on their counseling practices, including presenting problems brought to counseling and the counseling techniques they used. A self-appraisal of their effectiveness was obtained. Contrary to expectations, few differences were noted between rural and urban counseling practices. Overall, the data suggested that clergy counseling practices were remarkably similar to those reported in the last two decades. Clergy continue to actively provide counseling services at about the same frequency as previously reported. The nature of the presenting problems, seen both frequently and infrequently, is also similar to those reported earlier. There is an indication that clergy today are somewhat better educated than their predecessors; however, a clear desire for additional training continues to be voiced. Since clergy will likely continue to be valuable partners in the mental health field, enhancing their training will be an important goal. Monitoring clergy counseling practices is a valuable measure, especially since the impact and effect of managed health care are not clearly known. (Contains 2 tables and 18 references.) (JDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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