One of the most challenging (and sometimes frustrating) aspects of Church responsibility is dealing with medical problems, personalities, and illnesses we have no experience or training for. Following are a collection of links and articles that I hope will help you handle challenging individuals in your stewardship. I am NOT a psychologist nor do I have any professional experience with the disabled or mentally ill. Please don’t print this information out, take a copy of your ward or branch directory and label each person with a personality disorder or mental illness. This information is not intended for you to use to make diagnoses or judgments. I hope this information will help leaders in challenging situations:
- Recognize when individuals and families need help beyond our skill sets
- Be more understanding of those suffering through education
- Learn appropriate actions to to take to support them
- Learn how to support families dealing with challenging family members on a daily basis
The information in this section is not exhaustive, nor can it be, but I hope it will be of use to you.
his section is primarily aimed at teachers of those with special needs. Most of the information relates to children, but I expect it can be applied to adults as well. I’d love to add information about how church leaders can effectively support families of disabled individuals, so if you have information or experience with that, please Email me. Click to go to the Special Needs section
Mental illness is “any of various conditions characterized by impairment of an individual’s normal cognitive, emotional, or behavioral functioning, and caused by social, psychological, biochemical, genetic, or other factors, such as infection or head trauma.” (The Free Dictionary)