Solution-Focused Pastoral Counseling

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2011-04-26
  • Publisher: Zondervan
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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.

Author Biography

Dr. Charles Allen Kollar is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Certified Relationship Specialist, and the lead pastor at Innovation Church in Cresco, PA.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 7
Introductionp. 9
Individual Paradigms: A Question of Focusp. 13
Christian Faith: A Story of Changep. 16
Deficiency Language: The World of Mental Healthp. 21
Hidden Presuppositions: Old Wineskinsp. 37
Meaning Is Perception: The Constructs That Bind Usp. 43
Identity Formation: The Process of God's Gracep. 48
Guiding Assumptions: A Way of Thinkingp. 61
The Counseling Interview: A Framework for Changep. 89
Listening: A Search for Cluesp. 92
Questions: Highlighting Change as Meaningfulp. 102
Clarification: A Description of Life without the Problemp. 123
Feedback: Promoting and Supporting Changep. 139
Second and Later Sessions: Consolidating Changep. 157
Bringing It All Together: A Case Examplep. 166
The SFPC Model: Further Developmentp. 181
Solutions Conversation: Applied in the Life Contextp. 193
Solution-Focused Assessment Tools: T-JTA and M-BTIp. 227
Counseling Models: Drawing from the Bestp. 234
Mental Illness: Is There Hope?p. 255
Personal Integrity: Ethical Considerationsp. 267
Acknowledgmentsp. 273
Referencesp. 274
Subject Indexp. 279
Name Indexp. 286
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