The Practice of Pastoral Care

The Practice of Pastoral Care

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Drawing on psychological, theological, and cultural studies on suffering, Carrie Doehring encourages counselors to view their ministry through trifocal lenses and include approaches that are premodern (apprehending God through religious rituals), modern (consulting rational and empirical sources), and postmodern (acknowledging the contextual nature of knowledge). Utilizing strategies from all three perspectives, Doehring describes the basic ingredients of a caregiving relationship, shows how to use the caregiver's life experience as a source of authority, and demonstrates how to develop the skill of listening and establish the actual relationship. She then explains the steps of psychological assessment, systemic assessment, and theological reflection, and finally she delineates the basic steps for plans of care: attending to the careseeker's safety, building trust, mourning losses, and reconnecting with the ordinariness of life.A former minister may not, for example, lead the funeral service of a church member without the consent of the current minister. ... Then I outline other aspects of the basic contract of care of which caregivers must be aware at the outset of anyanbsp;...

Title:The Practice of Pastoral Care
Author:Carrie Doehring
Publisher:Westminster John Knox Press - 2006


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