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“Beyond the Clinical Hour” Book Study

June 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

You’re invited to grab a copy of the linked resource and engage in a rich discussion with Michael Gembola surrounding an important topic.

Join Michael Gembola for a discussion of the book,

Beyond the Clinical Hour: How Counselors Can Partner with the Church to Address the Mental Health Crisis


by James N. Sells, Amy Trout, and Heather C. Sells
Foreword by Ed Stetzer

The global mental health crisis is growing faster than our existing mental health care system can address. To meet the scope of human need, we need new models of care. The good news is that there is an institution uniquely positioned with the resources and the heart to help: the church.

Psychologists James Sells and Amy Trout and journalist Heather Sells know firsthand the urgency of the situation―but they have also witnessed creative partnerships between churches and mental health professionals springing up across the United States. In this book, they call clinicians, students, and educators to collaborate with churches and lay leaders to envision and then create innovative solutions in their own communities.

Challenging the dominance of the traditional “clinical hour” as a one-size-has-to-fit-all model, Sells, Trout, and Sells give concrete guidance on how mental health professionals can work with churches to provide consultation, train lay leaders, and develop and evaluate programs to expand a continuum of care. They also explore the skills, theological foundations, and research-based knowledge that both Christian counselors and church leaders need to integrate their spheres of expertise.

Both a call to action and an encouraging roadmap, this book charts the way forward for combining the science of the mental health discipline with the service of Christian ministry.

Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS) Books explore how Christianity relates to mental health and behavioral sciences including psychology, counseling, social work, and marriage and family therapy in order to equip Christian clinicians to support the well-being of their clients.

Where to buy the book:



Intervarsity Press


*Although it is not necessary to have read the whole book in order to register, if you have not read it, then please give priority to others’ comments and questions during the book discussion.


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