Pastoral Counseling

Overview

In this invaluable resource for pastors and seminarians, James Dittes offers answers to some of a minister's basic counseling questions: how do I guide counseling conversations yet empower those who feel helpless? How do I negotiate relationships with people who I may counsel on one day and from whom I must seek a housing allowance on the next? Can I be psychologically adept while remaining theologically faithful? Dittes offers a wealth of insight into these and other ...

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Overview

In this invaluable resource for pastors and seminarians, James Dittes offers answers to some of a minister's basic counseling questions: how do I guide counseling conversations yet empower those who feel helpless? How do I negotiate relationships with people who I may counsel on one day and from whom I must seek a housing allowance on the next? Can I be psychologically adept while remaining theologically faithful? Dittes offers a wealth of insight into these and other fundamental issues.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664257385
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 357,996
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


James E Dittes was Roger J. Squire Professor Emeritus of Pastoral Theology at Yale Divinity School and Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at Yale University until his death in 2009.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
The Counselee
1 "Can You Talk with Me?" 17
2 The Counselee's Experience of Counseling 39
The Counselor
3 The Pastoral Counselor as Witness 57
4 A Gracious Nonchalance: Regarding the Counselee "As Is" and "As Though" 81
5 . Empowering by Tracking Feelings 99
Special Issues
6 Ambivalence, Resistance, and Re-covery 119
7 Getting Started: Precounseling or Counseling? 133
8 Counseling as God's Call 145
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