Pastoral care.

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      Pastoral care refers to a form of support that addresses the emotional, spiritual, and sometimes physical needs of the person receiving help. Historically, it has been provided by a trained member of religious clergy and is based on biblical teachings and principles. However, non-clergy people are often trained to provide this form of assistance with the backing of a religious organization. In some cases, pastoral care can also refer to assistance provided through hospital or school counselors when this treatment embraces the idea that pastoral care should address more than just the person's psychological needs.