Beyond the Clinical Hour
Beyond the Clinical Hour
  • Length: 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 6 × 9 in
  • Published: March 19, 2024
  • Item Code: A0104
  • ISBN: 978-1-5140-0104-2

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The global mental health crisis is growing faster than our existing mental health care system can address. To meet the scope of human need, we need new models of care. The good news is that there is an institution uniquely positioned with the resources and the heart to help: the church.

Psychologists James Sells and Amy Trout and journalist Heather Sells know firsthand the urgency of the situation—but they have also witnessed creative partnerships between churches and mental health professionals springing up across the United States. In this book, they call clinicians, students, and educators to collaborate with churches and lay leaders to envision and then create innovative solutions in their own communities.

Challenging the dominance of the traditional "clinical hour" as a one-size-has-to-fit-all model, Sells, Trout, and Sells give concrete guidance on how mental health professionals can work with churches to provide consultation, train lay leaders, and develop and evaluate programs to expand a continuum of care. They also explore the skills, theological foundations, and research-based knowledge that both Christian counselors and church leaders need to integrate their spheres of expertise.

Both a call to action and an encouraging roadmap, this book charts the way forward for combining the science of the mental health discipline with the service of Christian ministry.

Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS) Books explore how Christianity relates to mental health and behavioral sciences including psychology, counseling, social work, and marriage and family therapy in order to equip Christian clinicians to support the well-being of their clients.

"As 'roots' and 'wings' show up in famous quotes, so they do in this book. Rooted in Christian thought and the long tradition of integration, the authors demonstrate a deep understanding of Christian mental health care. At the same time, they challenge us to grow wings, to be innovative and bold as we confront the needs of our world alongside beautiful possibilities for the church. The stories are poignant, the writing is effective, the reflection questions are wise and challenging, and the authors are leaders in the field. This is a fantastic book. Be inspired to imagine the possibilities Beyond the Clinical Hour."

Mark R. McMinn, author of Sin and Grace in Christian Counseling and professor emeritus at George Fox University



Part 1: Where We Are: Describing the Mental Health Crisis
1. Culture, Church, and Counselor: Linking Arms and Getting to Work
2. The "Hurrier" I Go, the "Behinder" I Get: The Rise in Mental Health Need
3. Virtue and Unity: Navigating Ethics and Economics in Mental Health Partnerships

Part 2: Integration Has Matured
4. Integrating the Integrations: How to Think and Be Christian in Mental Health Care
5. From Integration to Articulation

Part 3: Getting There
6. Biblical Theology and Christian Thought
7. Supervision in Christian Mental Health Care
8. Bridging Perspectives: Church Consultation
9. Fostering Sanctuary and Safeguarding the Ark: Enhancing Church Organizational Development and Program Evaluation

Conclusion: Change, Resistance, and Vision


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