LDS Bishops — Suggested Resources

Training for Bishops

As a marriage and family therapist and active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I was recently asked to help with a training meeting for some of our local LDS Bishops. It was a little surprising to find very few resources easily available to help our good Bishops–especially with issues related to counseling with Church members.

In requesting information and resources from a plethora of my LDS counselor friends and LDS Family Services friends, I was surprised that not many had a lot to offer (…thankfully some did!). Most everyone did ask if I would please share with them whatever I found.

Packet of Resources for Bishops

So, after putting together a packet of resources for the Bishop’s training , I thought I should also make them a little more easily available in case other therapists are asked to do trainings, and if other Bishops may be interested in this information as well.

Below you will find a list of possible resources for Bishops and their members with links to the pdf files or directly to website resources. (Please let me know if you have other good resources to add…! 🙂


Counseling with Church Members — General Information

  1. LDS Therapists in the Boise, Idaho Area and LDS Therapists in the Utah Area
  2. Laura’s Suggested Resources for LDS Bishops
  3. Thoughts on the Handbook Topic – Counseling – by Bishop Dean Bender
  4. General Counsel for Bishops — from Other LDS Therapists
  5. Pastoral Counseling or Clinical Counseling: What’s the Difference?
  6. List of LDS Magazine Resources on Mental Health Issues
  7. Can the Untrained Really Help Others?
  8. I Have a Question: Choosing a Therapist by Val D. MacMurray, assistant commissioner, LDS Social Services
  9. Memoirs of an LDS Therapist — Training for Bishops

Counseling with Church Members — Specific Issues

  1. Sample — Suicide Decision Tree (used by therapists)
  2. Sample — Child Abuse Decision Tree (used by therapists)
  3. Sample — Domestic Violence Decision Tree (used by therapists)

Resources — Depression

  1. Symptoms of Depression
  2. A Light in the Darkness–Finding Healing and Wholeness from Depression
  3. SAM-e Supplement — SAM-e (S-adenosylmethionine) is a naturally occurring molecule in our bodies. It works to promote overall healthy brain functions, helping to balance our emotions by acting as a mood stabilizer. (Something I often suggest to clients if they are hesitant to take anti-depressants and/or something to assist anti-depressants. The Nature Made brand is best and easy to get at Costco or Wal-Mart.)

Resources — Sexual Addiction

  1. Recommendations for Church Leaders Helping Husbands with Sexual Addiction
  2. Recommendations for Church Leaders Helping Wives of Husbands with Sexual Addiction
  3. How Pornography Affects Women and What They Can Do, by Geoff Steurer, LifeSTAR Addiction Recovery Program
  4. LifeSTAR Sexual Addiction Recovery Program — Great program for those struggling with pornography/sexual addiction and their spouses
  5. Support for Wives of Sexual Addicts PPT – Jill Manning
  6. Laura’s List of Resources for Pornography and Sexual Addiction
  7. 12-Step Programs are another helpful resource for those dealing with any addiction. Click the links for more information as well as meeting times and locations:

Resources — Marital and Sexual Issues

  1. Helping LDS Bishops Address Marital Issues — “Key Points About Love & Marriage”
  2. BOOK — And They Were Not Ashamed — Strengthening Marriage through Sexual Fulfillment by Laura M. Brotherson
  3. What’s Okay and What Isn’t Sexually? by Laura M. Brotherson
  4. Self-Help Sex Therapy by Laura M. Brotherson
  5. PODCASTS — The Marital Intimacy Show (MIS) with Laura M. Brotherson

Other/Miscellaneous Information

  1. Confessions of a Mormon Bishop
  2. Idaho  CareLine 2-1-1 — a free statewide community information and referral service–a program of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.

Disclaimer:  The information and resources shared here are solely those suggested by Laura M. Brotherson and do not constitute an official stance of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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