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Clergy and Other Pastoral Ministers

Alcohol and drug problems interfere with the capacity of addicted individuals and their family members to develop and sustain a meaningful spiritual life. Clergy and other pastoral ministers have a wide array of opportunities to address these problems and lead hurting families to recovery support and healing.

Therefore, NACoA established a broad ranging Faith Initiative, which includes The Clergy Education and Training Project® (CETP). Core Competencies, curriculum development, development of free materials for distribution through congregations for educational efforts, and partnerships with federal agencies, leading pastoral counseling organizations and seminary training programs are all part of this effort. For more information on the CETP, see the pamphlet “Breaking Down the Wall of Silence.

PREVENTING AND ADDRESSING ALCOHOL AND DRUG PROBLEMS: A HANDBOOK FOR CLERGY

This recently updated handbook -- created by NACoA’s Clergy Education and Training Project® for SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention -- provides some basic information on alcoholism and addiction, the impact of parental addiction on children, facts about adolescent alcohol and drug use, and prevention strategies. It also has an appendix with handouts for use with children of alcohol and drug dependent parents. You can download the handbook. NACoA’s on-line course, Preventing Alcohol and Drug Problems: A Course for Clergy, is based on this handbook.

CORE COMPETENCIES FOR CLERGY AND OTHER PASTORAL MINISTERS IN ADDRESSING ALCOHOL AND DRUG DEPENDENCE AND THE IMPACT ON FAMILY MEMBERS

Rev. Fred Smith, Jr., Ph.D. and Fr. Tom Dragga, D.Min.

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