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Jackson interweaves listening techniques with spiritual principles that emphasize the importance of listening and provide a framework for more effective listening.
For the Least of These is the first resource of its kind. It is a vital resource guide for churches, schools, community organizations, businesses, and others that seek to foster justice in the world. Rooted in the principle of “justice from the inside out,” For the Least of These equips organizations and leaders with practical tools to identify strategies for strengthening justice within their own communities and then beyond. Dr. Cari Jackson skillfully presents real-life, entertaining case studies and discussion tips that lead groups to important insights. Using these case studies helps every organization to be more effective in carrying out their missions. These case studies brought our bible study discussion alive. My congregation shared more openly and honestly things they’ve needed to share. One man said, “When are we going to do bible study like this again.” -- Rev. Gwen Dingle, pastor In her first book, The Gift to Listen, the Courage to Hear, Rev. Cari Jackson, helped us to recognize the ways our interactions with others often accomplish the opposite of the meaningful connections that we seek and offered some critical strategies for creating healthier relationships. With these case studies, she’s done that once again! -- Rev. Fred Dennard, spiritual coach This workbook is fabulous! The case studies are quite realistic, thought provoking and chock full of opportunities for critical discussion. And I thoroughly enjoyed reading them...A gem for any group interested in growing -- Sheila Outing, teacher
Presents a collection of true stories by teachers seeking to reconnect with their vocation.
For the Souls of Black Folks examines the impact of black religious culture in shaping the ethical values and sociopolitical condition of U.S. blacks. The book reviews the nexus of theological traditions and historical factors that have formed black churches as environments where preachers serve as the moral compass for black churchgoers. For the Souls of Black Folks builds upon the work of sociologist W. E. B. Du Bois, who highlighted the presence of a double consciousness in the collective psyche of blacks stemming from racial oppression. The book explores the ways in which that double consciousness, often reflected in black preaching, socializes black Christians to subjugate their own moral authority to that of black preachers. The central argument is that this socialization to submit to preachers greatly underserves black churchgoers in developing and exercising their own power and authority as social agents, and thus significantly impedes the full sociopolitical liberation of all blacks. The book offers important new preaching strategies that more effectively facilitate the empowerment of blacks as critical agents of social transformation and healing in the twenty-first century.
"[This book] provides a comprehensive understanding of the opportunities for all of us working with vulnerable populations to develop thoughtful, workable programs. The topics presented are not limited to the severely mentally ill, but it is an encyclopedia of resources and creative options for service to veterans, the homeless, the elderly. This book challenges us to think creatively and develop programs and services for the people in our society who are most often overlooked and forgotten." Alan E. Siegel, Ed.D. Chief, Mental Health Service, MIT Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School "[This book is] the perfect primer for anyone seeking to understand the latest trends in psychiatric care for vulnerable people today." Ted Houghton Supportive Housing Network of New York "It is rare for a single book to discuss innovative practices that affect such a broad array of vulnerable groups, including children and families, older people and people with severe mental illness. Together, these essays allow readers to identify similarities and differences with regard to the needs of these populations, the conditions that may exacerbate their problems, and the adequacy of the programs and services designed to address their needs. It also may help readers identify lessons from innovations targeted at one group that may be helpful in another policy arena." Michael K. Gusmano, PhD Research Scholar The Hastings Center Vulnerable populations typically present with multiple overlapping issues, such as poverty, substance abuse, mental illness, or other health issues that require varying services and treatments. This book provides students and professionals in health care and service delivery with innovative programs and models to address the needs of these vulnerable populations. This essential text offers new approaches to program design, service delivery, evaluation, and funding. Strategies for introducing these innovations-such as cross-system coordination and blended funding-are described in detail, using real, evidence-based programs from around the country as examples. Experts from across program delivery systems, as well as from academia and government, share their practice experience. Key features: Addresses innovative services for children and youth with multiple mental health and/or substance abuse needs Describes health care needs for LGBTQ youth and adults Examines housing issues for persons with psychiatric disabilities, veterans, and older adults Offers innovative program approaches for refugees, older adults, and the disabled Discusses the impact of new media, health literacy, and the consumer/survivor movement on service delivery
Understanding Teacher Stress focuses on the impact of educational reforms, such as the No Child left Behind Act, 2001, on principals and teachers' stress level and coping abilities. It further speaks to the necessity for stress management programs in school districts and teachers college curriculums. The author details educators' coping strategies, and examines various stress management program approaches and designs which educators are likely to benefit from.
The secret to leadership and transformation of a group--or of another person--is the quality of the relationship one person has with another. The effective group leader or counselor will be the person who learns how to listen to other people. By studying and employing listening skills, church leaders will engage others more compassionately, allowing them to feel that their needs are being met. These skills can be used with persons who are terminally ill, inactive at church, going through a divorce, in a family with a severely ill person, unemployed, seeking a new church, grieving, traumatized by catastrophe, going through teenage adolescence, in marriage counseling, or leading a ministry team. John Savage offers eleven specific and teachable listening skills for improving relationships among those who do ministry in small-group settings or when offering counsel to others. The skills are taught through oral exercises and unfailingly helpful examples from actual congregational situations. The skills include paraphrasing, productive questions, perception check, expression of feelings and emotions, fogging, negative inquiry, behavior description, and story listening.