Professional Spiritual & Pastoral Care: A Practical Clergy and Chaplain's Handbook 1st Edition, Kindle Edition

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"More than a conventional clergy and chaplain's practical handbook.... Charts the contours of the discipline, with sensitivity and appreciation for diversity, integrity and interdisciplinarity.... Every professional in the field should have this volume on his or her desk."
Lester Edwin J. Ruiz, PhD, director, Accreditation and Institutional Evaluation,
The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada

"A 'must have' volume for all care providers, whether student, supervisor or local practitioner ... whether in a solo position or a member of a larger staff."
The Rev. Dr. David C. Johnson, BCC, ACPE Supervisor;
president, Association of Professional Chaplains

“Helps to form those who practice and teach this vital vocation in practical and profound essays. A useful resource for seminaries and practitioners.... I commend it to all who help create sacred places and times to heal wounds of mind and heart and who enable the spiritual journey to continue to unfold.”
The Rev. Gregg A. Mast, PhD, president, New Brunswick Theological Seminary

“Impressive.... An excellent resource for providers of pastoral care as well as a teaching resource for those professionals who teach pastoral care.”
Sally A. Schwab, president-elect, Association for Clinical Pastoral Education

“A significant and invaluable gift to the profession of chaplaincy.... A prized resource for the CPE student and the twenty-five-year-anniversary chaplain [and] answers a real need.”
David A. Lichter, DMin, executive director, National Association of Catholic Chaplains

“A guidebook that points the way at the critical beginning of the [chaplaincy] path.... An invaluable resource for the most seasoned professionals as well as beginning students.”
Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, executive vice president, The Rabbinical Assembly

--This text refers to the paperback edition.

About the Author

Rabbi Stephen B. Roberts, MBA, MHL, BCJC, is the editor of Professional Spiritual & Pastoral Care: A Practical Clergy and Chaplain's Handbook and coeditor of Disaster Spiritual Care: Practical Clergy Response to Community, Regional and National Tragedy (both SkyLight Paths).  He currently helps chaplains through ChaplainDL.Org - Chaplain Distance Learning. He is a past president of the National Association of Jewish Chaplains. Previously he served as the associate executive vice president of the New York Board of Rabbis, directing their chaplaincy program, providing services in more than fifty locations throughout New York, and serving as the endorser for both New York State's and New York City's Jewish chaplains. Prior to this he served as the director of chaplaincy of the Beth Israel Medical System (New York), overseeing chaplains and clinical pastoral education (CPE) programs at three acute care hospitals, one behavioral health hospital, and various outpatient facilities served by chaplains. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B01HT6DB7G
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ SkyLight Paths; 1st edition (November 6, 2012)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ November 6, 2012
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3620 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 480 pages
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Rabbi Stephen Roberts, BCC, MBA

Rabbi Roberts is a Past President of the NAJC (Neshamah - Association of Jewish Chaplains) and served on the Board for almost a decade. He became a Board Certified Jewish Chaplain (BCC) with the NAJC in 1998.

Over the last decade Rabbi Roberts has worked very closely with the leadership of the Association of Professional Chaplains, National Association of Catholic Chaplains, the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education, American Association of Pastoral Counselors, Canadian Association for Spiritual Care, and other groups on a variety of critical chaplaincy leadership projects including helping create The Spiritual Care Collaborative (SCC); co-overseeing and co-guiding the process leading to the Common Standards for Professional Chaplaincy, Common Code of Ethics for Chaplains, Pastoral Counselors, Pastoral Educators and Students; participating in the approval of The White Paper.

Rabbi Stephen Roberts currently helps chaplains professionally develop through the organization ChaplainDL.ORG - Chaplain Distance Learning.

Prior he was the Associate Executive Vice President of the New York Board of Rabbis. In this capacity he directed the Jack D. Weiler Chaplaincy Services of the NYBR which provides pastoral care services to over fifty facilities in the New York City, Long Island and Westchester. Prior to the NYBR he was the Director of Pastoral Care for the Beth Israel Hospital System (NY) (through The HealthCare Chaplaincy, Inc.) overseeing a large staff of professional chaplains at four locations plus a CPE program at two locations.

Rabbi Roberts is the co-editor of both the 2nd and 1st Editions of Disaster Spiritual Care: Practical Clergy Responses to Communiy, Regional and National Tragedy[Skylights Paths], which is the first comprehensive resource for pastoral care in the face of disaster--a vital resource for clergy, seminarians, pastoral counselors and caregivers of all faith traditions. It is an essential resource for clergy and caregivers which integrates the classic foundations of pastoral care with the unique challenges of disaster response on community, regional and national levels.

Rabbi Roberts has served on American Red Cross' National Spiritual Care Oversight Committee since 2000. This committee is responsible for overseeing the provision of spiritual care through ARC after major transportation and other similar disasters. As part of his disaster spiritual care work with ARC, prior to 9/11 he helped recruit and train chaplains who then became part of ARC's 9/11 national response. Rabbi Roberts, responding to the 9/11 terror attacks, was the first Spiritual Care Officer overseeing the provision of Spiritual Care through national ARC's SAIR team in New York City and then helped oversee the program as the Senior Volunteer from December, 2001 until the operation was completed the following May. Over 800 chaplains volunteered with ARC during this time. Further, in June, 2002 Rabbi Roberts chaired the one day conference titled: "The Lifecycle of a Disaster: Ritual and Practice - Understanding the Impact of the 9/11 terrorist attacks n faith communities and their leaders." Over 700 leaders of faith communities participated making it one of the largest inter-faith gathering in New York post-9/11.

Rabbi Roberts is a Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Disaster Chaplaincy Services (DCS) which was founded in 2003. DCS was spun off from ARC-GNY in 2004 and is the multi-faith organization which now provides disaster chaplains in the New York area. DCS has over 200 trained chaplain volunteers and has responded to a variety of incidents including the Staten Island ferry accident.

Other publications include include: "Compassion Fatigue Among Chaplains, Clergy and Other Respondents After September 11th" [Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease; Volume 191, Number 11, November 2003] and Jewish Pastoral Care in Wake of a Disaster [Book Chapter - Jewish Pastoral Care - A Practical Handbook; Editor: Rabbi Dayle Friedman; Jewish Lights; June, 2005].

Rabbi Roberts has a Masters in Business from The Wharton School in Philadelphia, PA. He was ordained from Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in New York in 1995.

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I bought this book for my husband as a Christmas gift. He sat down to read it today only to discover the cover was correct; however, the book inside was not! Inside this cover contains a book about Spain titled, 'Spain: The Root and the Flower" by John Crow. I will be sending it back. Disappointing!
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