What forms of innovative collaboration are possible between clergy and psychologists? A total of 117 clergypersons (63% response rate) rated 6 scenarios of collaboration, indicating their level of interest and the extent to which they would like to remain involved with the psychologist. The scenarios were derived from two categories of collaboration articulated by in previous research: mental health services and enhancing parish life. Overall, clergy expressed relatively modest levels of interest in innovative collaboration, though they were somewhat interested in mental health consultation services. Many clergy refer troubled parishioners to clinical or counseling psychologists for treatment, but appear less interested in more innovative forms of collaboration.
Lish, R. Allen; McMinn, Mark R.; Fitzsimmons, C. Richelle; and Root, Alicia M., "Clergy Interest in Innovative Collaboration with Psychologists" (2003). Faculty Publications - Grad School of Clinical Psychology. 149.