Disturbed by Mind and Spirit Paperback

Mental health and healing in parish ministry

by Gavin Knight; Joanna Knight;

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Disturbed by Mind and Spirit

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Set in the specific context of a culturally diverse inner urban parish where mental health needs are high and the previous incumbent was murdered. The book reflects on issues of mental health, loss and trauma which are common to all parishes.

It offers a unique exploration of how mental health in a parish setting can be addressed via the dual perspectives of pastoral theology and clinical psychology. It is constructed in pairs of chapters, with each theological chapter followed by its psychological counterpart. Thus psychological thinking is used to reflect upon the liturgical pattern of the Eucharist as a means of deepening our awareness of and response to mental health and trauma.

It aims:
- to help raise the profile of mental health issues present in parish life
- to encourage individuals to reflect on their own personal stories, ideas and belief systems, and how these might impact on their ministry and/or discipleship in the context of mental health
- to help recognise and acknowledge that mental health is often a stigmatized, forbidden and misunderstood subject; one which has no clear-cut answers, but which challenges our core selves and requires us, if we are to respond to it authentically, to recognise our own strengths and limitations, our areas of expertise, and the times when we need to seek additional help or support
- to offer hope for the renewal of parish life in general, not necessarily through specific strategies and solutions but through a deepened understanding of our shared stories of brokenness and healing.

Gavin Knight worked for Saatchi & Saatchi before reading theology at St Andrew’s University. Since training for ordination at Cuddesdon, he has served in parishes in Birmingham and London and is currently Chaplain of Monmouth School. He has a post-graduate Masters Degree in Applied Theology from Oxford.

Joanna Knight read English at Cambridge before training as a Clinical Psychologist. She specialises in child psychology and has worked for the NHS with children and their families in London, the South East and Warwickshire. She has recently helped establish a charity which offers a training service for parents and teachers of children with autistic spectrum disorders.

Disturbed by Mind and Spirit by Gavin Knight; Joanna Knight was published by Continuum in April 2009 and is our 43562nd best seller. The ISBN for Disturbed by Mind and Spirit is 9780826427755.

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Details for Disturbed by Mind and Spirit

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherContinuum (April 2009)
Number of Pages144
Thickness14 mm
Height216 mm
Width138 mm
Product Code1802314
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