Mental Health Referrals by Orthodox Clergy

ON MENTAL HEALTH REFERRALS BY ORTHODOX CLERGY by Archpriest Isaac Skidmore

On a regular basis, Orthodox priests find themselves in situations in which they need to accurately assess parishioners’ spiritual well-being. Confession is but one setting where this takes place.  . . . . May God grant that the words of this article contribute to fruitful conversation about this area of pastoral care which is often left tragically undefined.

The Author:  Skidmore, V. Rev. Robert Isaac

Resources referred to in the article:

The Orthodox Christian Association of Medicine, Psychology, and Religion (OCAMPR)

The Orthodox Christian Counseling Institute (OCCI)

Also by Father Isaac:

LENTEN MEDITATION: THE PRODIGAL SON AND GOD’S CRAZY LOVE by Archpriest Isaac Skidmore

About the Author:

Merciful Mother of the Mentally Ill

V. Rev. Isaac Skidmore holds an MDiv from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary and a PhD in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria CA. He is an adjunct instructor in the clinical mental health counseling program at Southern Oregon University. He practices as a licensed counselor in Southern Oregon, frequently working with people who are exploring issues of faith, meaning, and identity. He served as rector at Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church (OCA) in Ashland OR during a decade of its growth as a mission parish, where he remains attached as auxiliary priest.

 

 

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