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Summarized by Kent Larsen

LDS Social Services' Psychologists in Tucson
(Tucson) AZ Daily Star 29May00 N1
By Stephanie Innes: Arizona Daily Star

TUCSON, ARIZONA -- The Arizona Daily Star looked at the employment of licensed psychologists by churches in Tucson in an article yesterday. Included in the article is the fact that the LDS Church has two LDS Social Services counselors covering the 16,000 Tucson area members of the Church. Just two other congregations in Tucson have licensed counsellors.

According to Tucson West Stake president Reed Hancock, 95 percent of Church members' problems can be solved by counseling with their Bishops or through their home teachers. "The bishop is always the first line of defense, but it's not a failure to refer them to services," said Hancock. "It's only a failure for someone to quit trying. Everyone needs help with problems at some point."

The other two churches that employ licensed psychologists are the St. Philip's in the Hills Episcopal Church, which has 3,000 members and employs two psychologists and the 7,000-member Casas Adobes Baptist Church, which has a psychologist and four master's-level therapists on staff.


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