Shared Wisdom: Use of the Self in Pastoral Care and Counseling

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Fortress Press - Religion - 246 pages
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Understanding one's personal issues and emotional reactions- one's "countertransference"- has long been recognized as a core competency in ministry. Now new understandings of intersubjectivity, mutual influence, shared wisdom (both conscious and unconscious), and multicultural dynamics in the caring relationship are bringing promising new possibilities and challenges to pastoral practice. Employing these insights, in this groundbreaking book Pamela Cooper-White offers a new relational paradigm for pastoral assessment and theological reflection. She uses the caregiver's own responses and feelings as a primary instrument for deepening discernment and better care. She innovatively combines postmodern, psychoanalytic, and theological perspectives with illuminating case studies to illustrate this new use of the self in pastoral care, counseling, and psychotherapy.
 

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Contents

The Relational Paradigm in Pastoral Assessment and Theological Reflection
61
Classical Countertransference and Pastoral Assessment
66
Totalist Countertransference and Further Pastoral Assessment
70
Theological Reflection
74
Linda Reflects
79
Summary of This Pastoral Method
80
Replaying the Vignette
81
The Relational Paradigm in Pastoral Care
86

The History of Countertransference in Pastoral Care and Counseling
26
Responses to Secular Psychology
28
The Influence of Karl Menninger
29
Increasing Definition of Clergy Role
31
Pastoral Research
32
New Interest and Emerging Definitions
33
Summary
34
The Relational Paradigm Postmodern Concepts of Countertransference and Intersubjectivity
35
How Do We Know? Postmodern Challenges
36
The Social Construction of Reality
43
The Relational Paradigm and the Nature of Subjectivity
47
Subjectivity and Memory
50
A Postmodern SubjectivityIntersubjectivity
52
The Helpers Subjectivity and the Use of the Self
54
The Valuing of the Nonverbal and Enactments
56
Professional Ethics in the Relational Paradigm
58
Terence
102
The Shifting Paradigm for Pastoral Care
122
Recommendations for the Use of the Self in Pastoral Care
128
The Relational Paradigm in Pastoral Psychotherapy
131
Sara
132
Findings from Empirical Research
155
Rationale or Rationalization?
171
The Specter of Narcissism
172
Recommendations for the Use of the Self in Pastoral Psychotherapy
174
Toward a Relational Theology GodinRelation
181
Theological Implications for Pastoral Praxis
186
Listening for God Within
189
Notes
195
Index of Names
235
Index of Subjects
238
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