Child Abuse and Neglect: A Manual for the Pastoral Counselor.
ARMY MILITARY PERSONNEL CENTER ALEXANDRIA VA
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This manual was developed to help the pastor identify, evaluate, and counsel families experiencing child abuse situations. Precise data is presented in the form of statistical findings confirming the growing problem in the United States. This manual reviews various local, state, and federal agencies involved in treating child abuse. The causal factors - parent, child, and environment are discussed. A practical viewpoint and analysis of the legal ramifications of child abuse are presented. This manual presents a biblical bases for the counseling model which determine intervention strategies and prevention programs. Psychological studies are cited to substantiate the agreement between theology and psychology in healthy child-rearing practices. The manual guides the counseling pastor through a model for assisting abusing families to identify their sinful behavior, set realistic goals for change, and measure their success. This manual focuses on prevention of child abuse. The church is a local community to support healthy parenting. A thoroughly biblical and accurate psychological model is developed from Titus 23.5. Into this model, the latest techniques and experience of social workers and psychologists are introduced. Author