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The Formation of Pastoral Counselors: Challenges and Opportunities [Paperback]

By Duane R. Bidwell (Editor) & Joretta L. Marshall (Editor)
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Explore the concept of formation in pastoral counseling from a variety of perspectives Two dozen of the most prominent clinicians and scholars in the field reflect on The Formation of Pastoral Counselors from clinical, theological and theoretical perspectives. This unique book explores the challenges to the personal and professional formation of pastoral counselors in a cultural and historic context that's radically different from the era when the profession first emerged as a specialized ministry. Contributors examine formation from a variety of contexts and perspectives, including spirituality and gender, address theological education and intercultural issues, and present emerging models for pastoral counselors. The Formation of Pastoral Counselors is a practical guide for educators working to shape curricula and training programs to the shifting context in which pastoral counselors are formed for ministry, service, and lifelong learning. This unique book examines ideas about appropriate content and processes for the formation of pastoral care professionals and looks at specialized contextual training models that form their emerging identities. The book's contributors call on extensive experience in pastoral theology, care, and counseling to explore the essential components of formation across different contexts; how those contextual realities change the delivery systems; the epistemological nature of formation; reasons for the limited roles that formal theological education and spiritual experience seem to play at the moment; and why formation is rarely formally addressed in pastoral counseling training. Topics discussed in The Formation of Pastoral Counselors include: the turn to formation the goals of theological education core elements of pastoral theology developing spiritual practices diversity pastoral counseling training programs race and ethnicity in the formation of pastoral counselors cultural identity intercultural contexts practical relevancy in training gender identity and sexual orientation economic disparity Models and practices examined in The Formation of Pastoral Counselors include: parallel charting clinician narratives group supervision Benedictine spirituality academic and clinical training at the Claremont School of Theology the model of formation at the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care (VIPCare) "and much more "The Formation of Pastoral Counselors is an essential guide for pastoral counselors, faculty in pastoral theological care and counseling, and training directors in pastoral counseling centers.

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Studio: Routledge
Pages   228
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6" Height: 8.25"
Weight:   0.82 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 2, 2007
Publisher   Routledge
ISBN  0789032961  
ISBN13  9780789032966  

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More About Duane R. Bidwell & Joretta L. Marshall

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Duane R. Bidwell is associate professor of practical theology, spiritual care, and counseling at Claremont Lincoln University and Claremont School of Theology. A minister of the Presbyterian Church (USA), he is the author of Short-Term Spiritual Guidance (Fortress Press, 2004) and The Formation of Pastoral Counselors (2007).

Duane R. Bidwell has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Creative Pastoral Care & Counseling

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A Much Needed Resource for Pastoral Counselors  Jan 24, 2008
As a pastoral counselor who is continuing to work on his professional identity, this resource - a re-publishing of two journals from the Journal of Pastoral Care in 2006 - is wonderful! One of the bugbears for pastoral counselors is "who am I?" Are we clergy? Are we mental health professionals? Both? And if both, how does that work? This resource helps the pastoral counselor, whether in training or practicing, to continue to develop her or his "sense of self." The weakness of this source, and most of pastoral counselor works, is the marginalization of evangelical Christian voices. One of the largest, if not the largest, training sites for pastoral counselors today is Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary of Liberty University. This understanding is completely absent from this work, leaving sympathetic evangelicals such as myself, invisible and left out of the conversation. Otherwise, a great resource and a "must have" for all pastoral counselors whether liberal Protestant, liberal to conservative Catholic, evangelical to fundamentalist Protestant, Eastern Orthodox, or the vaired traditions in Judaism.

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