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Clergy and mental health clinician collaboration in Sweden: Pilot Survey of COPE

Journal article
Authors Lisa Rudolfsson
Glen Milstein
Published in Mental Health, Religion & Culture
Volume 22(8)
Pages 805-818
ISSN 1367-4676
Publication year 2019
Published at Gothenburg Research Institute (GRI)
Pages 805-818
Language en
Keywords Collaboration; continuity ofmental health care; focusgroup study; pastoral care;pilot study; psychotherapy
Subject categories Psychology of religion, Applied Psychology


People often seek counsel from clergy before they seek help frommental health professionals. There is a need for clergy to have away to make referrals to clinicians, and for clinicians to have afamiliarity with the multiple roles of clergy and religion. Collaborationbetween clinicians and religious congregations provides a way toinitiate and sustain continuities of mental health care. As a pilotstudy for a project on applying the Clergy Outreach and ProfessionalEngagement (COPE) model in Sweden, a focus group with licencedpsychologists and pastoral care givers was conducted. Transcriptwas analysed using inductive thematic analysis. Findings includeda need for knowledge and a need for collaboration. Barriers forcollaboration concerned ministers’vow of silence and a lack ofresources within primary care and psychiatry. There is a need tofurther discussion regarding confidentiality withinthe Church, and toaddress structural barriers within mental health care

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