9780664226848

The Practice of Pastoral Care: A Postmodern Approach

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    9780664226848

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    0664226841

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2/16/2006
  • Publisher: Presbyterian Pub Corp
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Summary

Drawing on psychological, theological, and cultural studies on suffering, Carrie Doehring encourages counselors to view their ministry through trifocal lenses and include approaches that are premodern (apprehending God through religious rituals), modern (consulting rational and empirical sources), and postmodern (acknowledging the contextual nature of knowledge). Utilizing strategies from all three perspectives, Doehring describes the basic ingredients of a caregiving relationship, shows how to use the caregiver's life experience as a source of authority, and demonstrates how to develop the skill of listening and establish the actual relationship. She then explains the steps of psychological assessment, systemic assessment, and theological reflection, and finally she delineates the basic steps for plans of care: attending to the careseeker's safety, building trust, mourning losses, and reconnecting with the ordinariness of life.

Author Biography

Carrie Doehring is Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling at Iliff School of Theology

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Introduction 1(7)
Sources of Authority in Pastoral Care
8(1)
A Cross-Disciplinary Contextual Approach
9(1)
The Shape of This Book
9(6)
Basic Ingredients of Caregiving Relationships
15(10)
A Pastoral Care Conversation
15(3)
Empathy and Relational Boundaries
18(3)
Power Dynamics
21(1)
Power Dynamics and Maps of Creation
22(3)
The Caregiver's Life Experience as a Source of Authority
25(10)
Sam Lee's Transformative Experience
28(1)
Sam's Story as a Resource in His Care of Mrs. Wood
29(4)
Exercise 1: Writing a Verbatim
33(1)
Exercise 2: Self-Reflection
34(1)
Listening
35(12)
Responsive Communication
37(4)
Paraphrasing for Clarification
37(1)
Asking Clarifying Questions
38(1)
Interpreting the Careseeker's Emotional State
39(2)
Appropriate Self-Disclosure
41(1)
Body Language and Use of Space
41(4)
Example 1
42(1)
Example 2
43(1)
Physical Contact
43(1)
Privacy of Space
44(1)
Exercise 3: Reflecting on Listening Skills
45(2)
Establishing a Caregiving Relationship
47(18)
Limits of Confidentiality
51(6)
Example
52(5)
Sexual Misconduct
57(3)
Dual Roles
60(1)
Recognizing the Limits of Expertise
60(1)
Availability
61(1)
Exercise 4: Establishing the Contract of Care
62(3)
Psychological Assessment: The Careseeker's Story in Terms of Loss, Violence, and Compulsive Ways of Coping
65(32)
Loss
70(8)
The Phases of Grief
71(3)
Types of Loss
74(4)
Violence
78(7)
Substance Abuse, Addiction, Compulsive Ways of Coping
85(8)
Exercise 5: Assessing Loss, Violence, and Coping
93(4)
Systemic Assessment: The Careseeker's Culture, Communities, and Family
97(14)
Case Study
98(2)
Assessing a Careseeker's Culture and Social Identity
100(3)
Assessing Local Community/Organizational Systems
103(2)
Assessing Family of Origin and/or Present Family
105(2)
Assessing Intimate Partnerships and Friendships
107(2)
Exercise 6: Assessing Culture, Community/Organizational, Family, and Marriage
109(2)
Theological Reflection
111(22)
Embedded vs. Deliberative Theology
112(7)
A Theology of Broken Symbols
119(3)
Case Study
122(4)
Poling's Theology of Evil
126(4)
Exercise 7: Theological Reflection
130(3)
Plans of Care: Seeking Healing and Justice
133(10)
Step 1: Attend to the Careseeker's Safety and Build Trust
134(4)
Step 2: Mourn Losses
138(2)
Step 3: Reconnect with the Ordinariness of Life
140(1)
Exercise 8: Planning Care
141(2)
Affliction: A Case Study
143(22)
Assessing Immediate Risks
145(1)
Assessing Losses
146(4)
Assessing Violence
150(1)
Assessing Alcoholism
151(1)
Assessing Social Identity
152(2)
Theological Reflection
154(5)
Interpreting Symbols
155(1)
Assessing the Consequences of Wade's Symbols
156(1)
Assessing the State of Wade's Soul
157(1)
Wade's Symbol System as Part of a Web of Violence, Not Life
158(1)
Making Faith Claims
159(1)
Plan of Care
159(6)
Step 1: Attending to Safety and Building Trust
160(2)
Step 2: Mourning Losses
162(1)
Step 3: Reconnecting with the Ordinariness of Life
163(2)
Conclusion
165(6)
Narrative Pastoral Theology
166(1)
Contextual Pastoral Theology
167(1)
Cross-Disciplinary Pastoral Theology
168(1)
Pragmatic Pastoral Theology
169(2)
References 171(8)
Index of Names and Subjects 179

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