Dieter Kays


This article promotes the view that although there has traditionally been a basic mistrust and hostility between clergy and secular clinicians (e.g., psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers), they can and must work together to bring healing into the lives of the people they jointly serve. The author traces some of the origins of the conflict looking at both the commonalities and differences that currently exist between clergy and clinicians as they approach the task of helping people in emotional crisis. Finally, the author gives some specifics about how clerics and clinicians can together meet the needs of people.