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Cultivating Wholeness: A Guide to Care and Counseling in Faith Communities a Guide to Care and Counseling in Faith Communities [Paperback]

By Margaret Kornfeld (Author)
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Commissioned by the Blanton-Peale Institute, Cultivating Wholeness is a practical, comprehensive, contemporary guide to community care and counseling. Margaret Zipse Kornfeld, a pastoral psychotherapist for almost thirty years, focuses on wholeness, the dynamics change, an inclusive understanding of spirituality, the caregiver/ counselor, and on community as not merely the context for healing but also the means by which healing happens.>

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Studio: Continuum
Pages   400
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.2" Width: 6.1" Height: 1.1"
Weight:   1.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2000
Publisher   Continuum International Publishing Group
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  0826412327  
ISBN13  9780826412324  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Margaret Zipse Kornfeld is a pastoral psychotherapist, an American Baptist pastor, a longtime faculty member of the Blanton-Peale Graduate Institute and of Union Theological Seminary; and president-elect of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.

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The Healing Power of Community  Jul 5, 2007
Margaret Kornfeld, president of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, is both a pastoral psychotherapist and a pastor. From this perspective she is able to provide insight into the unique context of providing care within communities of faith.

Kornfeld encourages those of us who are caregivers within churches and synagogues to move beyond an individualistic counseling model to embrace the gift of community as the place and means of healing. By working to form a healthy community, the members of the community will be nurtured toward wholeness. Kornfeld writes, "Authentic community is the `medicine' our society needs" (16).

Kornfeld provides many helpful suggestions for providing community care, beginning with caring for yourself. You cannot care for others until you first care for yourself.

To facilitate the work of counselors in community, Kornfeld sets forth the solution-focused method. This counseling method grows out of a paradigm shift from problem solving to solution building. The basic rule of the solution focused method is "If it ain't broke, don't fix it. If it worked once, do it again. If it doesn't work, do something different." (114)

The solution-focused treatment model is comprised of five steps:
1. Forming a cooperative working relationship with the client
2. Negotiating well formed treatment goals
3. Interviewing for change
4. Constructing interventions that invite and facilitate change
5. Helping the client noticing change

The solution-focused treatment model offered by Kornfeld would be a tremendous asset to any counselor or pastoral caregiver to help enable their community members to grow toward wholeness. I recommend this book to any pastor or other caregivers in community.
A Comprehensive Handbook  Feb 28, 2007
Cultivating Wholeness is a thorough text on executing the pastoral care and counseling task. Unlike many books in the field, it recognizes that pastors are not full time counselors. It is careful to recognize the spiritual dimensions of pastoral counseling. While it may use some of the tools of psychotherapy, it does not reduce pastoral care and counseling to psychotherapy. The use of solution-based, brief counseling techniques is appropriate to this philosophy of pastoral care.

The foundation of her approach is the goal of wholeness spiritually, physically, and emotionally. Making the distinction between personal care and community care during the beginnings and endings in life was especially good. However, the how-to of spiritual healing so necessary to those who have been wounded by dysfunctional families, addictions and abuse was missing. My suspicions are that she sees this falling to the longer term task of the Christian psychological counselor.

I recommend this book as a useful addition to the pastor's library as a guide and reference for pastoral care and counseling.
A Fruitful Read  Feb 28, 2007
Life consists of change. The seasons of our lives give way to new and different seasons. Losses and gains move in and out of these changing times. Faith communities can help give support to persons going through changes, to persons experiencing the cycle of life. Cultivating Wholeness is about creating healthy and whole communities of faith where abundant life is nurtured. Professional counselors, ordained ministers, caring laypersons - all of these and more comprise the community of care, the "wholeness network," that is called to promote healing and health among its members.

With the employment of a central metaphor (gardening), Kornfield sows seeds of technical expertise alongside seeds of poetry, illustration, and practical application. The fruit of her labor is a rich variety of resources. Particularly helpful are her explanation of the "Solution-Focused Method" of counseling (in chapter six), the "ABC Process of Crisis Management" (in chapter nine), and the Life Development Charts (Appendix C). The price of the book, though, is repaid one-hundred fold in its final chapter: Tending Yourself. This personal check-up reminded me to look within and to cultivate wholeness in my own life while seeking to tend to those around me. I must be growing towards wholeness if I want to help others to do the same. Kornfield's book, then, not only provided me with tools - wonderful tools -- for tending to the soil of my faith community, but it also provided tools for tending to the soil of my own soul. For that, I am grateful.

Counselor In Community  Feb 16, 2007
Cultivating Wholeness
Margaret Kornfield

Pastoral Care is a very important function of today's church. Pastors much choose how much of their time and energy they can put into this vital ministry. Margaret Kornfield wrote Cultivating Wholeness from her extensive training and experience with this subject. She provides a comprehensive textbook for pastors, rabbis, priests, and others seeking to understand themselves and the community they minister in.
Kornfield is more than qualified to write about any one of the many subjects she integrates in this text. She is a psychologist, theologian, sociologist, as well as an able educator and practitioner. She writes in a clear and intelligible style. She includes a very helpful bibliography as well as an extensive appendix, including charts and forms for the counselor.
In place of pastor or rabbi Kornfield uses the term "counselor in community". That is a very good description what a pastoral counselor should be involved with. It also sends a clear message for what Kornfield believes the counselor should be about.
In the opening chapter Kornfield discusses change, its various components and how it effects those who need the "counselor in community". She introduces us to the analogy that outlines the book when the comparison is made with the gardener. The closing chapter comes back to this theme of change, only now she wants to discuss the effect of change on "the gardener" In fact the last section is Our Changing Way, the first section deals with Tending Yourself This section is particularly helpful to the "counselor in community". Kornfield reveals her own heart and concern when she makes the following statement, "Maybe you are unaware of your personal condition because you have become absorbed in the lives of others." In order to be whole, she recommends that the pastor, lay minister and counselor in community be well connected to a community. That is where your best work can be done. Margaret Kornfield has given us an excellent work I highly recommend to pastors and ministers especially.

Cultivating Wholeness  Mar 26, 2006

Kornfeld's book, Cultivating Wholeness, is an excellent primer for the parish pastor or lay counselor who does short term counseling. She gives a cursory overview of many mental health issues as well as a course of action (the five step solution-focused treatment model). Pastors will find this book enlightening and helpful. The only word of caution I would make is that no one thinks that because they have read this book, they are now equipped to perform counseling beyond basic pastor/parishioner, brief, solution-focused treatment.

All in all, this book is an excellent contribution to the care and counseling of individuals in faith communities. Her five appendices are very accommodating; they include forms and paperwork which will make the solution-focused treatment flow smoothly and provide thorough information-gathering instruments for the pastor or lay counselor.

Pastors and lay counselors must read chapter ten if nothing else, especially the portion which deals with professional boundaries and ethical responsibilities. It is excellent. Kornfeld discusses the position of power of the pastor or counselor and how it creates a power imbalance between pastor and parishioner. This power imbalance can be a subtle precursor to sexual entanglement and it needs to be thoroughly understood by the pastor or lay counselor.

I would highly recommend this book for faith communities, but as a means to an end and not as an end in itself. Kornfeld includes books and articles in her bibliography which are copious resources for further study.

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