Overview

In this signal volume, Christie Neuger offers a new feminist paradigm for radical, effective, empowering counseling for women. She contends that pastors must take up the challenge of pastoral counseling, especially in light of the revolutionary pastoral implications of gender studies and feminist theology, as well as the continuing personal and social effects of sexism.

The most sustained and systematic account to date, Neuger's model employs ...
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Counseling Women

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Overview

In this signal volume, Christie Neuger offers a new feminist paradigm for radical, effective, empowering counseling for women. She contends that pastors must take up the challenge of pastoral counseling, especially in light of the revolutionary pastoral implications of gender studies and feminist theology, as well as the continuing personal and social effects of sexism.

The most sustained and systematic account to date, Neuger's model employs narrative psychotherapy—a short-term, contextually sensitive, and teachable counseling structure. She espouses counseling in four phases: coming to voice, gaining clarity, making choices, and staying connected. Each is masterfully sketched and illustrated by a common therapeutic problem (e.g., intimate violence, depression, aging).

Neuger's work promises to aid counselors "to help women resist and transform the negative effects of a woman-unfriendly culture" and so to reclaim their stories, their strength, and their lives.

Author Biography:
Christie Cozad Neuger is Professor of Pastoral Care and Pastoral Theology at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, St. Paul.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451405149
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/3/2001
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 469 KB

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Setting the Scene 1
Gender Studies and the Revolution of Knowledge 5
The Realities of Patriarchy 15
Media and Self-Image 24
Implications 27
Pastoral Issues in Counseling with Women 28
2 Building the Frame 33
Personality Theory 34
Counseling Theory 48
Theology 56
Conclusion 64
3 Helping Women Come to Voice 65
The Centrality of Voice in Feminist Theory and Theology 68
Contexts Related to Women's Loss of Voice 73
A Narrative Approach to Helping Women Come to Voice 85
4 Coming to Voice in the Context of Intimate Violence 93
Intimate Violence and the Church 96
Intimate Violence: Definitions and Contexts 105
Helping Women Come to Voice in the Context of Intimate Violence 115
5 Helping Women Gain Clarity 127
Gaining Distance from Problematic or Untruthful Narrative Strands 129
Five Rs for Helping Women Gain Clarity 141
6 Gaining Clarity in the Context of Depression 149
Defining Depression 149
Who Gets Depressed? 154
Women's Experiences with Depression 157
Life in a Sexist, Racist, and Classist Culture 160
Caring for Women Struggling with Depression 168
Implications for Narrative Counseling 176
7 Helping Women Make Choices 179
Risks in Making Choices 182
Models of Choice Making 185
A Feminist Narrative Approach to Helping Women Make Choices 188
Criteria for Making and Evaluating Choices 191
The Personal and Political Nature of Making Choices 195
8 Making Choices in the Context of Aging 197
Challenging Ageist and Sexist Stereotypes 199
The Importance of Studying Woman and Aging 203
Living with and Escaping from the Culture's Sexist and Ageist Messages 205
Risks and Benefits of Aging for Women 207
Helping Older Women Make Narrative Choices 221
9 Conclusion: Helping Women Stay Connected 229
Helping Women Stay Connected - Women and Relationality 233
The Importance of Community for Women in Pastoral Counseling 234
Notes 241
Index 257
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