Clergy Families: The Helpless Forgottens’ Cry for Help Answered Through Reality Therapy

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Clergy Families: The Helpless Forgottens’ Cry for Help Answered Through Reality Therapy

Paper based on a program presented at the 2013 American Counseling Association Conference, March 20-24, Cincinnati, OH.

Michelle E. Aulthouse

Aulthouse, Michelle E., is a graduate of the Master’s of Education School Counseling program at California University of Pennsylvania. When she was asked to write a research article for a class, this topic was first in her mind due to her experience of growing up in a clergy’s home and seeing the ramifications of such a stressful environment. Michelle plans to further her study of clergy families upon entering a doctoral program in Counselor Education and Supervision at Duquesne University.

Abstract

Several studies have been completed on clergy families. Results of these studies suggest that clergy families experience many stressors, such as lack of a social support network, lack of self-worth, intrusiveness, time demands, and mobility. However, there is little evidence that anything has been done to help address this problem. This article proposes the use of an original Triangular Reality Therapy counseling model to meet the needs for counseling services in clergy families.

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