Strategic Pastoral Counseling A Short-Term Structured Model

ISBN-10: 0801026318

ISBN-13: 9780801026317

Edition: 2nd 2003 (Reprint)

Authors: David G. Benner

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The average pastor spends six to eight hours each week counseling parishioners. Unfortunately, because of inadequate training and time pressures, many pastors find counseling to be a frustrating and unfulfilling facet of their call to provide spiritual direction and guidance. David Benner here provides clergy and church-based counselors with a counseling model that is both distinctively pastoral and psychologically informed. Benner's approach advocates maintaining narrowly focused objectives in a time-limited setting. Since its original publication, Strategic Pastoral Counseling has been a standard for pastoral counseling classes and a practical resource for clergy. This new edition has been thoroughly revised and includes two new chapters, helpful case studies, and a new appendix on contemporary ethical issues. It will continue to serve as a practical resource for pastoral care and as a standard text in counseling classes. Book jacket.
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List price: $18.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Baker Academic
Publication date: 9/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

David G. Benner (Ph.D., York University) is Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Spirituality at Richmont Graduate University in Atlanta, Georgia. Previously he was an associate fellow at the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society at University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. A depth psychologist, spiritual director and retreat leader, Benner has written and edited many books, including the Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology and Counseling and Care of Souls. He is the founding executive editor of the journal Conversations.

Preface to the First Edition
Pastoral Counseling as Soul Care
The Uniqueness of Pastoral Counseling
The Strategic Pastoral Counseling Model
The Stages and Tasks of Strategic Pastoral Counseling
Ellen: A Five-Session Case Illustration
Bill: A Single-Session Case Illustration
Ethical Considerations in Pastoral Counseling
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