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Many Voices: Pastoral Psychotherapy in Relational and Theological Perspective

Many Voices: Pastoral Psychotherapy in Relational and Theological Perspective

by Pamela Cooper-WhitePamela Cooper-White
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Many Voices is a must-read textbook for pastoral psychotherapists and pastoral counselors in clinical training as well as a guide for those in professional practice. In it Cooper-White harvests the great potential of postmodern sensibilities to help, accompany, and support individuals, couples, and families in recognizing and healing especially painful psychic wounds or longstanding patterns of self-defeating relationships to self and others. In Part 1 she shows how multiplicity and relationality provide a dynamic way of viewing human potential and pain. In Part 2 she unfolds the practical applications of this paradigm for a strongly empathic therapeutic relationship and process.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800698706
Publisher: 1517 Media
Publication date: 12/01/2011
Pages: 374
Sales rank: 1,007,863
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Pamela Cooper-Whiteis the Ben G. and Nancye Clapp Gautier Professor of Pastoral Theology, Care and Counseling at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. She is author of Shared Wisdom: Use of the Self in Pastoral Care and Counseling (2004) and Many Voices: Pastoral Psychotherapy in Relational and Theological Perspective (2006).

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Introduction 1

Introducing Four Case Studies 1

Why Psychoanalytic? 3

Why Pastoral Psychotherapy? 4

Why Postmodern? 13

Why Relational? 17

Postmodern Theology? 18

Psychoanalytic Pastoral Theology: An Oxymoron? 21

Part 1 A Theological and Theoretical Framework

Chapter 1 A Relational Understanding of Persons 35

What Are Human Beings That You Are Mindful of Them? 38

Human Beings Are Good/Human Beings Are Vulnerable 40

Human Beings Are Embodied 41

Human Beings Are Both Alike and Unique 43

Human Beings Are Intrinsically Relational 50

Human Beings Are Multiple 51

Human Beings Are Mutable, Fluid, and in Process 61

Human Beings Are Loving Beings 65

Conclusion 66

Chapter 2 A Relational Understanding of God 67

The Multiplicity of God 67

Trinity as Fluid Metaphor 76

Implications toward a Relational Pastoral Praxis 82

Conclusion: A Multiple/Trinitarian, Relational Pastoral Theology 94

Chapter 3 A Relational Understanding of Health and Unhealth 95

Human Beings Are Vulnerable; Human Beings Are Both Alike and Unique 96

The Role of Diagnosis in Pastoral Psychotherapy 96

Pastoral Assessment and Theological Reflection 98

The Role of Theory in Diagnosis 98

Pathology, Sin, and Evil: Human Beings Are Good; Human Beings Are Vulnerable 117

Part 2 Practicing Pastoral Psychotherapy

Chapter 4 The Therapeutic Process: Overview and Getting Started 135

Goals of Therapy and Overview of the Therapeutic Process 135

The Initial Phase: Committing to the Therapeutic Relationship 138

Human Beings are Both Good and Vulnerable: Preconditions for Fruitful Therapeutic Work, and Providing a Safe Container 142

Human Beings are Multiple: Meeting the Parts 153

Practical Matters: Particular Challenges for Pastoral Psychotherapists 156

Chapter 5 The Middle Phase and Termination: Multiplicity in Action 185

Empathy: Human Beings are Intrinsically Relational 185

Working in the Transference 190

The "Fundamental Rule": Free Association 191

Interpretation/Exploration 192

Other Modes of Symbolic Communication 196

Human Beings Are Multiple: Working with the Parts 203

Countertransference and the Use of the Therapist's Self 216

Repetition, "Resistance," and "Working Through," 226

Enactments 227

Empathic Failures and Transmuting Internalization: Human Beings Are Mutable, Fluid, and in Process 231

The "Analytic Third," 233

The Termination Phase 234

Chapter 6 The Therapeutic Sensibility: Chaos, Silence, Love 239

Chaos 239

Silence 242

Therapeutic Love 243

Conclusion 247

Abbreviations 249

Notes 251

Glossary of Psychoanalytic Terms 325

Index of Names 339

Index of Subjects 343

Index of Biblical References 359

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