Solution-Focused Pastoral Conseling An Effective Short-Term Approach for Getting People Back on Track

ISBN-10: 0310329299
ISBN-13: 9780310329299
Edition: 2011
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List price: $31.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Zondervan Books
Publication date: 5/2/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342

The idea of the book is to enable effective counseling that does not overtax a pastor's time and avoids long-term counseling. Solution-Focused Pastoral Counseling presents a new departure in pastoral counseling. It does not depend on psychological manipulation. Rather, it is based on grace and on a natural and spontaneous view of Christian maturation. SFPC rejects the notion that counseling must primarily focus on the counselee's problem. Its starting point is the fact that God is already active in the counselee and that the church counselor (whether pastor or counselor) should look for clues to discover this activity. SFPC is short-term---typically one to five sessions. The counselor seeks to create solutions with---not for---the counselee. The focus is on the possibility of life without the problem by encouraging an understanding of what is different when the problem does not occur or is less intrusive. The goal is healthy change, sooner rather than later, by helping the counselee see and work with God's activity in his or her life.The solution-focused approach does not require the counselor to be a highly trained psychological expert. It requires biblically based sensitivity and common sense. Yet this approach also recognizes its limitations and understands that there are situations in which other professional and/or medical help is required.

Preface
Introduction
Theory
Individual Paradigms: A Question of Focus
Christian Faith: A Story of Change
Deficiency Language: The World of Mental Health
Hidden Presuppositions: Old Wineskins
Meaning Is Perception: The Constructs That Bind Us
Identity Formation: The Process of God's Grace
Guiding Assumptions: A Way of Thinking
Practice
The Counseling Interview: A Framework for Change
Listening: A Search for Clues
Questions: Highlighting Change as Meaningful
Clarification: A Description of Life without the Problem
Feedback: Promoting and Supporting Change
Second and Later Sessions: Consolidating Change
Bringing It All Together: A Case Example
Application
The SFPC Model: Further Development
Solutions Conversation: Applied in the Life Context
Solution-Focused Assessment Tools: T-JTA and M-BTI
Counseling Models: Drawing from the Best
Mental Illness: Is There Hope?
Personal Integrity: Ethical Considerations
Acknowledgments
References
Subject Index
Name Index

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