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Gestalt in Pastoral Care and Counseling : A Holistic Approach - Jeffrey D. Hamilton

Gestalt in Pastoral Care and Counseling

A Holistic Approach

Hardcover Published: 1st July 1997
ISBN: 9780789001481
Number Of Pages: 192

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Gestalt in Pastoral Care and Counseling is the only book to provide you with an integrated model of pastoral care and counseling from the perspective of Gestalt theory. Covering all aspects of ministry, including visitation, counseling, worship, and administration, it is a valuable text for advanced undergraduate or graduate classes and small group or individual study for seminaries, church ministries, pastoral counseling training programs, and lay pastoral ministry programs. This book will increase your confidence in your work, help you understand blockages as well as avenues of change, and lead you to a more creative, yet consistent, stance in your ministry.Gestalt in Pastoral Care and Counseling makes clear that all of ministry is, in fact, pastoral in nature. It demonstrates the principles of Gestalt in pastoral ministry in a gradual manner, true to both Gestalt principles and your needs. Some of the topics you learn about include:
key elements of Gestalt theory, from the early developers through more recent practices
the cycle of experience--a model that provides an understanding of the various steps involved in change on all levels
Gestalt applications in pastoral counseling, worship, and administration
a theology of pastoral caring--a model for pastoral ministry based on the relational aspects of the Biblical narrative and its application in ministry
ideas for continued growth based on daily life experienceWith well-developed presentations of Gestalt principles and pastoral ministry, Gestalt in Pastoral Care and Counseling provides you with a new perspective on the meaning of pastoral ministry. Not only will you learn new skills, you will also develop a new appreciation for what can occur within pastoral relationships. The theoretical basis of Gestalt embraces the whole of life experience as part of the process of change and growth and holds sacred the relationship that exists between persons. As your understanding and use of these principles increases, the quality of care and counseling you provide in your ministry will continue to improve.

Foreword
Acknowledgments
A Question of Language An Introduction to the Model of Ministry
A Question of Perspective: Why Gestalt?
A Statement of Theology
The Language of Gestalt
Here and Now Process Vs. Content Figure/Ground Attending
The Whole is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts Being Aware Theme Contact Boundary and Self Regulation Polarities
Resistance Confluence The Paradoxical Theory of Change Levels of Systems Experiments
The Cycle of Experience
The Cycle of Experience
The Sensation/Awareness Phase of the Cycle of Experience
The Resistances of the Sensation/Awareness Phase
The Energy Phase of the Cycle of Experience
The Resistances of the Energy Phase
The Action Phase of the Cycle of Experience
The Resistances of the Action Phase
The Contact Phase of the Cycle of Experience
The Resistances of the Contact Phase
The Assimilation/Withdrawal Phase of the Cycle of Experience
The Resistances of the Assimilation/Withdrawal Phase
Review and Case Studies
Case Studies
Bibliography
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ISBN: 9780789001481
ISBN-10: 0789001489
Audience: Adult Education
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st July 1997
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1