Many Voices: Pastoral Psychotherapy in Relational and Theological Perspective

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Fortress Press, 2007 - 359 páginas
This book is a full scale disciplinary framework for pastoral psychotherapists/pastoral counselors at intermediate and advanced levels of clinical training and also for experienced pastoral counselors and psychotherapists in professional practice. It harvests the great potential of postmodern sensibilities to help, accompany, and support individuals, couples, and families in recognizing and healing especially painful psychic wounds, and/or longstanding patterns of self-defeating relationships to self and others. Pamela Cooper-White's widely praised work, which has always integrated cutting-edge notions from the social sciences into pastoral therapy, here takes a distinctive and promising turn toward the relational and the theological. Pastoral psychotherapy, she argues, needs to find its framework in a strongly relational idea of the person, God, and health. Illustrated throughout by four key case studies, Cooper-White shows in Part 1 how multiplicity and relationality provide a dynamic and exciting way of viewing human potential and pain. In Part 2 she unfolds the practical applications of this paradigm for a strongly empathic therapeutic relationship and process.
 

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A Theological and Theoretical Framework
30
What Are Human Beings That You Are Mindful of Them?
33
Human Beings Are GoodHuman Beings Are Vulnerable
35
Human Beings Are Embodied
36
Human Beings Are Both Alike and Unique
38
Human Beings Are Intrinsically Relational
45
Human Beings Are Multiple
46
Human Beings Are Mutable Fluid and in Process
56
The Middle Phase and Termination Multiplicity in Action
180
Working in the Transference
185
Free Association
186
InterpretationExploration
187
Other Modes of Symbolic Communication
191
Working with the Parts
198
Countertransference and the Use of the Therapists Self
211
Repetition Resistance and Working Through
221

Human Beings Are Loving Beings
60
Conclusion
61
A Relational Understanding of God
62
Trinity as Fluid Metaphor
71
Implications toward a Relational Pastoral Praxis
77
A MultipleTrinitarian Relational Pastoral Theology
89
A Relational Understanding of Health and Unhealth
90
Human Beings Are Vulnerable Human Beings Are Both Alike and Unique
91
Pastoral Assessment and Theological Reflection
93
Human Beings Are Good Human Beings Are Vulnerable
112
Practicing Pastoral Psychotherapy
130
Committing to the Therapeutic Relationship
133
Preconditions for Fruitful Therapeutic Work and Providing a Safe Container
137
Meeting the Parts
148
Particular Challenges for Pastoral Psychotherapists
151
Enactments
222
Human Beings Are Mutable Fluid and in Process
226
The Analytic Third
228
The Termination Phase
229
The Therapeutic Sensibility Chaos Silence Love
234
Silence
237
Therapeutic Love
238
Conclusion
242
Abbreviations
244
Notes
246
Glossary of Psychoanalytic Terms
320
Index of Names
334
Index of Subjects
338
Index of Biblical References
354
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