Certainly, the best counseling is proactive and for one to really keep up with a situation is to stay ahead and to be able to anticipate how events will develop as the pastor gains more experience. As the book title implies however, even the best training can not always prepare the pastor for every possible emergency situation. For instance, terrorism and disaster types of situations have evolved since the book came out in the year 2000.
The question of when and how to refer a patient is discussed in the final chapter. This issue in and of itself requires a great deal of sensitivity, The key for the pastoral counselor here is to take into and respect the client's feelings and to be helping and not patronizing (ibid, 175).
The above deficiency of the book is something that could not be helped. The book was written before 9-11, so it...
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