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Caring For God's People

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Culbertson has built his text around the ideal of Christian wholeness and maturity-a healthy interconnectedness of self-within-community. The heart of the book lies in its presentation of the three schools of counseling theory that Culbertson finds most helpful: family systems theory, narrative counseling theory, and object relations theory. Each of these is explained in detail, and then applied to the most common and challenging of counseling situations: pre-marital counseling, marriage counseling, divorce ...
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Overview

Culbertson has built his text around the ideal of Christian wholeness and maturity-a healthy interconnectedness of self-within-community. The heart of the book lies in its presentation of the three schools of counseling theory that Culbertson finds most helpful: family systems theory, narrative counseling theory, and object relations theory. Each of these is explained in detail, and then applied to the most common and challenging of counseling situations: pre-marital counseling, marriage counseling, divorce counseling, counseling gay men and women, and grief counseling. Culbertson brings new sensitivities to the counseling scene-a more nuanced grasp of gender, a new sense of families, issues of sexual orientation, a strong sense of the relationship of emotions to spirituality, an empathetic attitude, a pragmatic but professional mix of ancillary theories, and a sense of the relevance of the counselor's own self-understanding.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800631871
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/2000
  • Pages: 340
  • Sales rank: 871,627
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 The Theory
1 Family Systems Theory 12
2 Narrative Counseling Theory 44
3 Object Relations Theory and Intersubjective Narratives 73
Pt. 2 The Application
4 Premarital Counseling 112
5 Marriage Counseling 141
6 Divorce Counseling 159
7 Counseling Gays and Lesbians 190
8 Ministry with Those Who Mourn 218
Pt. 3 Staying Safe in Ministry
9 The Praxis of Pastoral Counseling 256
10 Pastoral Congruence and Ministry Supervision 277
11 Conclusion 318
Index 323
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