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SAMHSA Releases Guide for Clergy

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Core Competencies for Clergy


The following core competencies are essential for clergy and pastoral ministers to meet the needs of people with alcohol or drug dependence and their family members.

  • Be aware of the generally accepted definition of alcohol and drug dependence and the societal stigma attached to alcohol and drug dependence.
  • Be knowledgeable about the signs of alcohol and drug dependence, characteristics of withdrawal, effects on the individual and the family, and characteristics of the stages of recovery.
  • Be aware that possible indicators of the disease may include, among others, marital conflict, family violence (physical, emotional, and verbal), suicide, hospitalization, or encounters with the criminal justice system.
  • Understand that addiction erodes and blocks religious and spiritual development, and be able to communicate effectively the importance of spirituality and the practice of religion in recovery, using the scripture, traditions, and rituals of the faith community.
  • Be aware of the potential benefits of early intervention to the addicted person, family system, and affected children.
  • Be aware of appropriate pastoral interactions with the addicted person, family system, and affected children.
  • Be able to communicate and sustain an appropriate level of concern and messages of hope and caring.
  • Be familiar with and utilize available community resources to ensure a continuum of care for the addicted person, family system, and affected children.
  • Have a general knowledge of and, where possible, exposure to the 12-step programs—Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Al-Anon, Nar-Anon, Alateen, Adult Children of Alcoholics, and other groups.
  • Be able to acknowledge and address values, issues, and attitudes regarding alcohol and drug use and dependence in oneself and one's own family.
  • Be able to shape, form, and educate a caring congregation that welcomes and supports persons and families affected by alcohol and drug dependence.
  • Be aware of how prevention strategies can benefit the larger community.

Core Competencies for Clergy and Other Pastoral Ministers in Addressing Alcohol and Drug Dependence and the Impact on Family Members is available in print from SAMHSA's National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information at P.O. Box 2345, Rockville, MD 20847-2345. Telephone: 1 (800) 729-6686 (English and Spanish) or 1 (800) 487-4889 (TDD). End of Article

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