Fortress Press

Crisis Counseling: Third Edition

Crisis Counseling

Third Edition

Howard W. Stone (Author)


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Crisis Counseling unites the historic skills of pastoral care and counseling with current methods of crisis intervention from the fields of psychology and psychotherapy. Like the original edition, the present book is written for ministers - both clergy and lay - who are called upon to care for those in crisis. Its concepts and methods will be of value to mental health professionals and crisis hot-line volunteers as well.

Crisis Counseling discusses the minister's role as a crisis intervener, incorporating the understanding of recent crisis intervention theory and exploring how the dynamics of crisis is vital for effective crisis management.

  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800663520
  • Pages 128
  • Publication Date December 17, 2008


"Radically updated and highly relevant to contemporary crisis situations, Crisis Counseling takes a focused approach by offering carefully conceived models and strategies for ordinary and extreme crises with lots of illustrations and case examples. At the same time, it takes a sweeping approach to this ministry of the church, discussing both lay and clergy roles, congregational support programs, and community resources for helping those in crisis."
—Christie Cozad Neuger, Emerita Professor of Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Counseling, Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University

"Howard Stone describes this expanded and revised edition as a 'vital lifeline' to comfort, restoration, and hope in situational and developmental crises. I would boldly call this classic a 'lifesaver.' Stone's adaptation of the A-B-C method of crisis intervention, applicable to both clergy and laity, has been used to save a life. I am witness. This book you must afford!"
—Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner, Professor of Pastoral Care and Pastoral Theology at Perkins School of Theology, SMU