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Helping Angry People: A Short-term Structured Model for Pastoral Counselors [Paperback]

By Glenn Taylor (Author) & Rod Wilson (Author)
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Anger is one of the most common problems counselors face. What does the Bible say about it? Is all Anger sin? Is there a way to turn anger into something positive? Glenn Taylor and Rod Wilson bring their pastoral, teaching, and counseling experience to bear on the various issues surrounding anger and provide a step-by-step, biblically based approach to helping people understand and deal with their anger. Helping Angry People follows the counseling model developed by clinical psychologist David G. Benner for pastoral counselors. This model is: . short term . enhanced by outside reading assignments . carefully structured . holistic . spiritually focused . explicitly Christian After giving a brief overview of this model, the authors present a five-session format that guides counselors through a hypothetical counseling situation, from initial encounter, through counselees' feelings, thoughts and behaviors, to the process of referral and termination. Helping Angry People, together with its companion handout for counselees, Exploring Your Anger, is perfectly suited for pastors who want to counsel in a psychologically informed way that also emphasizes the spiritual resources of Christian ministry. Glenn Taylor (M.Th., M.Ed.) has been Counselor/consultant and researcher in missions for many years with the Missionary Health Institute, Toronto. Rod Wilson (Ph.D., York University) is President and Professor of Counseling and Psychology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Studio: Regent College Publishing
Pages   212
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.12" Width: 5.56" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.72 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 18, 2003
Publisher   Regent College Publishing
ISBN  1573832537  
ISBN13  9781573832533  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Glenn Taylor was born and raised in Huntington, West Virginia. His first novel, The Ballad of Trenchmouth Taggart, was a finalist for the 2009 National Book Critics Circle Award. Taylor lives in Chicago with his wife and three sons.

Glenn Taylor was born in 1935 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Hampshire Scientific Service.

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It has a good beat and is easy to dance to!  Jan 23, 2006
This book is amazing! A must have!

Glenn Taylor and Rod Wilson wrote Helping Angry People "specifically designed to fit the role, resources, and needs of the typical pastor who counsels" (p.10). The authors were "frustrated" by their difficulty in finding material that "directly translated clinical models of counseling into the pastoral context" (p. 10). The central message of this book is that "we must name and own anger and assume responsibility for the appropriate and effective expression of it" (p.67). With "87 percent of the pastoral counseling conducted by pastors in general ministry involving five sessions or less" (p.11), Strategic Pastoral Counseling suggests a "modest goal: examining a particular problem or experience in the light of God's will for and activity in the life of the individual seeking help and attempting to facilitate growth in and through that person's present life situation" (p.11). Taylor and Wilson "place pastoral counseling at the very heart of ministry" (p.10) and encourage pastors to look for "the story behind the story" (p.15). Pastors/therapists help "people to express their anger in imagery" (p.68). "Knowledge does not always change behavior" (p.85) and one of the main reasons anger is so "difficult to understand and manage is that it involves so many facets of our lives" (p.45). Wilson and Taylor suggest "gentleness and unmasking anger" (p.67). The authors believe that "masks develop because we perceive anger as threatening, irrational, and destructive, leasing to rejection, disapproval, shame, or guilt". "Masks confuse and lead to the mismanagement of anger" (p.55). Strategic Pastoral Counseling utilizes "religious resources of prayer, scripture, and the sacraments" (p.15). "Strategic Pastoral Counseling is time limited" (p.102) and "seeks to be sensitive to experiences outside the counseling session, but not to be distracted by them" (p.127). "One of the strengths of the structured approach is its contractual nature coupled with a mutually agreed upon focus" (p. 124). Anger is defined as an experience that occurs when a goal, value, or expectation has been blocked. In other words, anger is a "breach of goals, values, expectations, or one's personal sense of worth" (p.70). Anger "has the capacity to draw us closer to each other as it exposes our goals, values, expectations, and personal worth.... but it is a double edge sword in its ability to alienate and distance us from others and from ourselves" (p. 189). Anger is also "tied to our family history" (p.189). Taylor and Wilson believe troubled clients "may be led from a place of powerlessness in the face of anger to an acknowledgment that they do, in fact, make choices and, thus, have some potential for control" (p.67). All of this is achieved through "an access point" (p.30). Access points are "the doorway someone provides for you to engage them (p.30). The book relays a few highly noteworthy warnings concerning potential roadblocks for counseling. The author explains how "people sometimes avoid dealing with feelings by flipping into more cognitive, abstract approach" (p.104).

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