Clergy Sexual Misconduct: A Systems Approach to Prevention, Intervention, and Oversight, edited by John Thoburn, M.Div., Ph.D., and Rob Baker, M.A. (Gentle Path Press, Trade Paper, ISBN 978-0-9832713-0-7, September 2011, $24.95).

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Clergy sexual misconduct knows no denominational lines and is a well-documented problem in Protestant churches. Research shows that nearly 10 percent of Protestant pastors have sexual contact with someone other than a spouse while in the ministry, more than 30 percent of ministers engage in sexual behavior that they consider inappropriate, and more than 15 percent of ministers qualify as addicted to Internet pornography.   Furthermore, when clergy sexual misconduct is discovered in a congregation, seven women, on average, have been victimized.

Existing books on Protestant clergy sexual misconduct tend to focus on specific areas, such as rehabilitation for the pastor, denominational policies, or the traumatic effects on the pastor, his family, or the congregation. Clergy Sexual Misconduct widens this perspective by exploring how each of these elements influences one another and why a systemic approach is the best way to shed light on and address this stubborn, growing and significant problem.

Fifteen experts have contributed chapters to Clergy Sexual Misconduct discussing how a systems model can effectively target the intervention, treatment, and education needs of the clergy person, the pastor’s family, the congregation, and the denominational leaders.  This book offers guidance on the complex factors that can contribute to the health and wholeness of the Church.

Family Psychology: Theory, Research, and Practice, written by John W. Thoburn, PhD, ABPP, and Tom Sexton, PhD, ABPP

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This text is the definitive introductory text on family psychology, a fast-growing specialty and increasingly dominant voice for the field in the 21st century. Authors John W. Thoburn, PhD, ABPP, and Tom Sexton, PhD, ABPP, have created the first introductory book focused on this specialty, laying the groundwork that students as well as developing therapists can use to understand the basics of family psychology.

This single-volume book makes the history and development of family psychology relevant to contemporary research and practice, explaining how the ecosystemic approach of family psychology provides a cutting-edge description of human behavior in context and as such is the most promising field in psychology. It addresses the history, research, theory, treatments, diagnoses, and assessment of family psychology; ethics and supervision along with related areas such as systems sex therapy; family forensic psychology; international family psychology; and systems consultation, providing a comprehensive overview of the career and practice of family psychology. Family Psychology: Theory, Research, and Practice also identifies how it differs from the individualistic therapy of traditional psychology and how it differs from the field of marriage and family therapy. Chapters include vignettes from family sessions that effectively illustrate the issues being addressed and examine the significance of gender, culture, ethnicity, and sexual orientation.


    • Supplies a comprehensive treatise on the value of family psychology to the field of psychology as a whole
    • Provides a historical overview of family psychology and makes the important differentiation between family psychology and marriage and family therapy
    • Examines the relationship between research and practice, cure and care, and the science and art of family psychology
    • Documents how family psychology strives to view persons in context of their situation and the relationships within the family


John Thoburn at book signing