Hey Brothers and Sister in Christ:
As an ordained minister and a Christian psychologist, I am well aware that ministers face a difficult problem in deciding if, when, and how to refer to a professional. Questions arise: Is this a spiritual problem or a mental problem? Should I refer this counselee to a clinician (psychologist, psychiatrist or health-care professional)? Will they (Health-care professional) take away the client's faith in God? These are typical questions I have received from ministers. They are valid questions.
Some ministers have mentioned that their seminary training did not adequately address mental illness or when to refer someone for professional help. Still, yet some ministers are not seminary trained.
What questions, comments or thoughts do you have about when to refer someone for professional help? Under what circumstances would your refer someone for professional help. Your input would be greatly appreciated.
Rev, Dr. Tracy Scott