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Persons with Disabilities: Pastoral Care Resources

Annotated Bibliography

Fact Sheets

TIPS FOR TALKING WITH PERSONS WHO HAVE HAD STROKES. (Revised Edition, 1995). By Rachel Jacobsen and David Olson. Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Division of Church and Society, 8765 W. Higgins Rd., Chicago IL 60631; (800) 638-3522.

In this two page fact sheet, 18 tips are offered to make enhance communication with persons who have had strokes. These brief practical suggestions prove highly useful to persons involved in pastoral care with persons who have had strokes.

TIPS FOR TALKING TO PEOPLE WHO ARE NON-VERBAL/ UNRESPONSIVE. (Revised Edition, 1995). By Rachel Jacobsen and David Olson. Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Division of Church and Society, 8765 W. Higgins Rd.., Chicago IL 60631; (800) 638-3522.

Seven tips are offered in this brief fact sheet, to enhance communication with persons who are either non-verbal, or who are unresponsive. Very useful for families, friends, and those involved in pastoral care.

Books and Journals


AGING AND GOD: SPIRITUAL PATHWAYS TO MENTAL HEALTH IN MIDLIFE AND LATER YEARS. (1994). By Harold G. Koenig, M.D. Haworth Pastoral Press, 10 Alice Street, Binghampton, NY 13904-1580.

A book of special interest to clergy and chaplains working with persons who are elderly. Examines the relationship between religion and mental health throughout the life cycle, with a special emphasis on later life. Gives new strategies to help improve the later years of older adults. Among topics of particular interest to those giving pastoral care are "Spiritual Needs of Physically Ill Elders," and " the Family and Bereavement Issues."


COUNSELING FAMILIES OF CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES. (1990). By Rosemary S. Cook, Ph.D. Word Publishing, 1501 LBJ, Suite 650,Dallas TX 75234.

A part of the Resources for Christian Counseling series (Volume 25), this book is excellent for clergy and lay counselors working with families of children with disabilities. The book has 10 chapters, with 1-8 focusing on counseling about children's disabilities. Chapters 9 and 10 are related to the Church and disabilities, and offer practical suggestions on how to provide support to families.


DIMENSIONS OF FAITH AND CONGREGATIONAL MINISTRIES WITH PERSONS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AND THEIR FAMILIES. (1994). Produced by the Building Community Supports Project, University Affiliated Program of New Jersey, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in partnership with the Religion Division, American Association on Mental Retardation. Order from AAMR Religion Division, 31 Alexander Street, Princeton, NJ 08540.

A 60 page bibliography of resources from all faith groups, resource offices and publishers. This comprehensive bibliography has 16 sections, including one for parents and families of persons with disabilities, and a five page section on pastoral care and counseling. Special issues also covered in pastoral care are: "Sexuality" and "Death and Dying."


GOING SOMEWHERE: PEOPLE WITH MENTAL HANDICAPS AND THEIR PASTORAL CARE. (1988). By Sheila Hollins and Margaret Grimer, SPCK Press, Holy Trinity Church, Marylebone Road, London, NW1 4DU, England.

A book about appropriate ways to offer pastoral care to people with mental retardation, and to their families and caretakers. The publication has been included in the New Library of Pastoral Care, a series edited by Derek Blows. The book was an outgrowth of a 1986 conference on Pastoral Care for people with mental retardation.


JOURNAL OF RELIGION IN DISABILITY AND REHABILITATION. Co-Editors: William A. Blair, DMIN., and Dana Davidson Blair, RN, MA. Haworth Pastoral Press, 10 Alice Street, Binghampton NY 13904-1580. (607) 722-5857, ext. 326.

This journal has been said to challenge assumptions about pastoral care. Published quarterly, the journal is of special value to pastoral counselors/ chaplains seeking to provide more effective pastoral counseling with persons who have disabilities, and with the families of persons with disabilities. Also a valuable resource for seminary professors, and others involved in training clergy. For example, a recent article (Vol. 2 #4, 1996) entitled "Re-Imaging the Role of Clinical Training for Hospital Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care: Moving Beyond Institutional Walls to the Community," explores emerging community roles of pastoral care with persons with disabilities.

See also: Annotated Bibliography-- Persons with Disabilities: Pastoral Care Resources


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