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Trauma survivors are likely to come in regular contact with clergy and chaplains because they are found in greater numbers in small and large towns, hospitals, special care facilities, and places of worship. In small towns, where mental health professionals are uncommon, clergy may still be available; frequently, they are the only available and affordable option. Clergy, chaplains, and volunteers are often used as backup or relief for mental health professionals in trauma clinics, at rape crisis centers, and on crisis hotlines. Often, when people are reluctant to seek mental health care because of the perceived associated stigma, they are willing to speak to or pray with a clergyperson. Above all, the clergyperson can be a valuable addition to a treatment team, giving perspective ...

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