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Joseph Cionni III – On Receptivity in Learning Pastoral Counseling

From what I’ve gathered from our assigned readings and class discussions Pastoral Counseling is: Counseling performed by someone affiliated with a particular religious institution Is not a form of Spiritual Direction (counseling is generally not directive) Is more specific to the particular faith tradition in which it is being carried out in contrast to a…

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Pastoral Counseling 101

Pastoral counseling is the journeying with another human to the goal of wellness and flourishing human existence. So what does this journey look like practically? First off, pastoral counseling clearly involves a foundation of good counseling. The pastoral counselor must be competent in theories and techniques of the helping profession. After this foundation is established,…

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Pastoral Counseling in Practice

According to Benner, strategic pastoral counseling should be time-limited, holistic, structured, involve assigned homework between sessions, is church based, spiritually focused and explicitly Christian. Some of these aspects overlap with clinical strategies; for example in achieving brief time-limited counseling a pastoral counselor may draw upon the practical skills and clinical techniques of basic listening, being…