As pastoral counselors, we are called to prophecy, minister, psycho-educate, and encourage our clients as we attempt to bring them to healing and growth. As members of the body of Christ, we have been given specific functions and talents, however as counselors we are challenged to not only utilize one of these gifts we have been given but to develop and pray for all of these other gifts in order to be as competent and effective as possible. I’m L. Hoppenjan, and I’m a pastoral counseling student.
In his letter to the Romans, Paul explains that each individual has been given particular talents and graces which combine to create a unique gift which they can offer the world. However as I reflect on this passage, I believe that this list also outlines the necessary skills and talents of pastoral counselors. As pastoral counselors, we are called to prophecy, minister, psycho-educate, and encourage our clients as we attempt to bring them to healing and growth.Details
After having theoretically outlined my understanding of Pastoral Counseling, I would like to take a more practical approach to the topic, listing the resources and techniques unique to this profession. The mental health field it’s self has many practical techniques which the Pastoral counselor should also find quite useful such as CBT, thought stopping, relaxation techniques, assertiveness training, etc.Details
Throughout the beginning of this semester, we have attempted to define the title of our class “Pastoral Counseling.” This has proved to be a worthwhile endeavor but a difficult one at that. Ultimately, we discovered that pastoral counseling is not an easily identifiable term, and many writers and practitioners have differing opinions about its goals and structure, its strengths and limitations, and the uniqueness of a career which encompasses both ministry and counseling.Details