Helping Kids in Crisis identifies more than 30 of the most common pastoral care issues today's young people face. Each chapter provides illustrative cases, lists signs and symptoms, and suggests when and from whom to seek additional professional help. The chapters deal with such issues as addictions, behavioral and mental illnesses, bereavement, suicide, divorce, and violence. Within each chapter are practical ideas for implementing pastoral care strategies into existing ministry programs, along with recommended resources for further study. For those who work with young people, this book should definitely be on the shelf as a mandatory reference work.
Copyright: Jan. 1, 2006
Size: 6 x 9
Length: 160 pages
Midwest Book Review, June, 2007
Counselor and licensed therapist Jo Hittner presents Helping Kids in Crisis, a guide especially for Christian pastoral caregivers but applicable to adults of all backgrounds and faith who work with young people. Though chapters mention the importance of Gospel values, the emphasis is upon promoting values important to parents, caretakers, pastors, and community members of all faiths—such as protecting children from sexual abuse, gang involvement, eating disorders, addictions ranging from substance abuse to video game addiction (video games are considered harmfully addictive if they disrupt schoolwork or
friendships). Also covered are helping young people through terrible tragedies such as divorce, and learning to watch for the warning signs of adolescent suicide, and much more. Bullet-point lists of ill signs to watch out for and steps to take to counter threats succinctly condense the core message of Helping Kids in Crisis into an immediately accessible form. Highly recommended.
Catholic Library World, March, 2007
Not only should this volume be on the shelf of every youth minister, it should be used in pastoral ministry training programs and issued to every high school teacher. It is invaluable.