Serving the Amish: A Cultural Guide for Professionals by James A. Cates

By James A. Cates

Serving the Amish is a certain consultant for execs who take care of or engage with undeniable humans: medical professionals, nurses, legislation enforcement officials, judges, social staff, psychotherapists, and dependancy counselors, between others. For those execs, figuring out the "what" of Amish existence isn't sufficient. they need to cross deeper, knowing the "why"―the ideologies that either force and bind this group in a process of ideals that turns out alien to those that include the technological and social turbulence of the twenty-first century.

James A. Cates attracts seriously on his stories as a scientific psychologist in deepest perform in northeastern Indiana, a zone that's domestic to greater than 35,000 Amish humans. He combines anecdotal proof and first-person narrative to make clear the social, emotional, and mental foundations of Amish lifestyles to aid pros engage safely and construct rapport with Amish consumers. He additionally explains the original demanding situations outsiders face in delivering reduction to a humans whose way of life and ideas dictate a distance from all issues worldly.

This functional ebook balances evidence-based ideas of care with an emphasis on decreasing anxiousness and developing hot relationships. From the police officer dispersing a celebration packed with Amish Youngie to the social employee staffing a toddler protecting companies hotline, execs who paintings with the Amish will take advantage of this distinct guide.

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Serving the Amish: A Cultural Guide for Professionals

Serving the Amish is a certain advisor for pros who take care of or engage with simple humans: medical professionals, nurses, legislation enforcement officials, judges, social staff, psychotherapists, and dependancy counselors, between others. For those execs, understanding the "what" of Amish existence isn't sufficient. they have to move deeper, figuring out the "why"―the ideologies that either force and bind this group in a approach of ideals that turns out alien to those that include the technological and social turbulence of the twenty-first century.

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Such people embrace an extremely skeptical view of the higher functions of the mind. Critical thinking of any kind is a gateway to evil. , reading, written language, and mathematical skills, all at a basic level). Even to ponder the complexities of life is to challenge the will of God. Counselors of any ilk, including those drawn from within the Amish com- 27 28 . life experience , munity, are viewed as encouraging a restless discontent with the life that God has ordained and should be avoided.

Yet the pervasive presence of psychotherapy in the legal system, social services, and health care means that the unique and particular Amish attitudes toward counseling are pertinent to all professionals providing services to these people. Courtordered services for substance abuse involve counseling. Triage and investigation in an emergency medical situation often involves a mental health assessment. Social services inevitably include therapeutic interventions at some point in their work. We are so immersed in a culture of counseling that we often ignore its presence in our lives.

At this stage, from a ten-minute history in the emergency room to a prolonged presentence investigation with the probation officer, the combination of brutal honesty and frank prevarication comes into play and is markedly different from the same behaviors with English clients. Recalling that the Amish are less impressed by degrees or credentials, the client weighs trust much more heavily on personal factors. Providers commonly carry the cache of our professions into our interactions. Law enforcement anticipates the ability to intuitively understand and interrogate a suspect.

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