Pastors and mental health professionals as partners in care to urban African American communities
About the Book
Critical Collaboration is about the critical need for partnership between pastors and mental health professionals in service to urban African American communities. While the historically African American church has done commendable work in its virtually exclusive role as emotional caregiver, there is a disproportionate susceptibility to certain mental illnesses in the African American community, which calls for a collaborative effort to advance the cause of holistic health. Critical Collaboration provides historical, socioeconomic, theological, and psychological contexts that serve to increase the awareness and cultural competence needed to bridge the gap between the professional communities of faith and mental health.
About the Author
C. Guy Robinson is a bishop, pastor, and musician with decades of experience in serving the kingdom of God. He serves as pastor of the Tabernacle of the Lord Church in Baltimore, Maryland. He also serves as Maryland State Bishop in the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship. As a composer, his music has been recorded by numerous gospel music artists, including the Edwin Hawkins Music and Arts Seminar Mass Choir, Bishop T. D. Jakes and the Potter's House Choir, the Wilmington-Chester Mass Choir, the Gospel Music Workshop's Women of Worship, the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship's Daughters of the Promise Choir, and Eric Waddell and the Abundant Life Singers. Bishop Robinson has earned a bachelor of arts degree in music (piano) from Morgan State University, a master of divinity degree from Howard University, and a doctor of ministry degree in marriage and family counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He also serves as an adjunct professor/lecturer in the School of Social Work at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland, specializing in critical analysis of the impact of spirituality and religious disciplines in the helping professions and upon social constructs. Bishop Robinson and his wife Sandra are the parents of four children: Candice, Cameron, Sydney, and Lauryn.