Solution-Focused Pastoral Counseling: An Effective short-term Approach for Getting People Back on Track

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Zondervan, Jun 15, 2010 - Religion - 224 pages
This groundbreaking book, now updated and expanded, furthers its original, effective, time-saving approach that benefits pastors overtaxed by counseling demands. Dr. Charles Kollar presents a departure in pastoral counseling, showing that counseling need not be long-term or depend on psychological manipulation to produce dramatic results. In most cases, the solution lies with the counselees themselves. Using the tested methods found in Solution-Focused Pastoral Counseling, pastors, apart from counselors, will be well equipped to help their counselees discover a solution and put it in motion speedily and productively.SFPC is short-term—typically one to five sessions, in which the counselor seeks to create solutions with—not for—the counselee. The focus is on the possibility of life without the problem through 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 on the solution with God’s activity already present 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.
 

Contents

PART
9
Theory
10
A Question of Focus
15
A Story of Change
19
The World of Mental Health
25
Old Wineskins
39
The Constructs That Bind Us
47
The Unfolding of Gods Grace
53
Suggesting a Framework for Change
105
A Search for Clues
109
Highlighting Change As Meaningful
119
A Description of Life Without the Problem
141
Promoting and Supporting Change
159
Consolidating Change
179
A Case Example
189
Some Final Considerations
205

A Way of Thinking
67
Ethical Guidelines
95
PART 2
103

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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

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