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Clinical Pastoral Psychotherapy: : Perspectives and Methods
Kaplan, Steven J., Ph.D. and Bruce D. Forman, Ph.D.
Charles C. Thomas, Publishers / Softcover / 2013-01-01 / 0398088829
Psychotherapy / Pastoral Care
price: $37.50
192 pages
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The focus of this text is on the clinical aspects of pastoral psychotherapy—that is, those psychological understandings and approaches that provide the pastor, however he or she is defined, with the skills to understand the underlying dynamics of specific behavioral disorders people bring to them, as well as the art of working with and reeducating those in distress as to healthier, less self-defeating choices they can make in life. In this work, the personality theory, understanding of the dynamics of problematic behaviors, and therapy approach selected as the foundation for pastoral psychotherapy is the school of psychological thought of Alfred Adier.

The text is divided into four parts. In Chapters 1-3, the basic principles of Individual Psychology are presented, introducing the pastor to the teleological system of Adier. Additional, the explanations of the dynamics of pathological are presented, with disorders ranging from the minor to the major. Further presented are select, important processes in Individual Psycholo-gy’s method of psychotherapy. In Chapter 4, non-Adlerian approaches are discussed, affording the pastoral psychotherapist the option of expanding his or her repertoire of techniques if he or she feels comfortable employing them. Chapter 5 surveys areas of daily life that all people experience and encounter and presents spiritual understandings and guidance for the (pastor or) individual to use through his or her travels on this planet. Last, Chapter 6 offers a view and opinions as to what the next decade of pastoral psychotherapy may hold. T

he book will serve as a springboard for further investigation into the various areas covered. It will also assist pastors in their sacred task of spiritually and psychologically helping and healing the distressed.


Part One
Chapter One—Personality Formation
Understanding Inferiority
Social Interest: The Psychological Golden Rule
Childhood’s Role and Influence
Birth Order and Family Constellation
Lifestyle Formation and the Unity of the Personality
The Fictional Final Goal
Private Logic, Common Sense, the Conscience, and the Unconscious
Safeguarding Mechanisms and the Purpose of Symptoms
The Tasks of Life
Chapter Two—Understanding the Dynamics of Psychopathology
Anxiety and Phobias
Obsessive-Compulsive Behaviors
Dynamics of Depression
Suicide’s Message
Guilt Feelings
Hysterical States
Psychophysiological Disorders
Marriage: Building Blocks and Foundations
Sex and Sexual Difficulties
Problems of the Elderly
Excessive and Prolonged Grief
Paranoia and Paranoid States
Anti-Social Behaviors
Chapter Three—Classical Processes
Overview of the Clinical Process
Values in Psychotherapy: Human and Ethical
Transference and Resistance
Early Recollections
Dream Interpretation
Getting Better Is Better Than Feeling Better
Part Two
Chapter Four—Adjunct Approaches
Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Adlerian Psychotherapy
Pastoral Psychotherapy and the Placebo Effect
Theological Doubts
Meditation and Mindfulness in Pastoral Psychotherapy
Demystifying Hypnosis in Pastoral Psychotherapy
Talking to God as Therapy
Storytelling in Pastoral Psychotherapy
Part Three
Chapter Five—Guidance for Life’s Journey
Defining Faith
Silence Is Golden 6
The Simplicity of . . . Simplicity
The Virtue of Patience
The Ugliness of Anger
The Greatness of Joy
To the Future: Optimism and Hope
Living Serenely: Peace of Mind
Courage and Self-Confidence
Remembering to Forget
Marriage and the Home
The Value of Work
On Life and Living
Maximizing Midlife
The Panorama of Old Age
Living With Illness
Chapter Six—Issues for Pastoral Psychotherapists
Training in Pastoral Psychotherapy
Maintaining Perspective
Licensing of Pastoral Psychotherapists
The Future of Pastoral Psychotherapy

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