Pastoral counseling

AN AUTOETHNOGRAPHIC EXPLORATION OF MY CPE LEARNING PROCESS

Author
Anurag Mani D.Min.
Abstract
In this project I explore the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) learning process through the lenses of my human condition: my being an immigrant who was born and raised outside the United States of America and came to the country and to the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) process in my adulthood. I use the research method of autoethnography to explore and give voice to my experience. As an immigrant, I observe that my experience of my journey to become a CPE Educator has been marked with unique challenges that seemed different to the experience of those who were born and raised in the U.S.A. My research question is: Can a careful analysis and interpretation of my own experience in the CPE education process help other immigrants seeking CPE certification to better understand their own complex and unique experience through this difficult, challenging, and exciting process?

Personalized Music as a Spiritual Intervention with People Living with Dementia

Author
Regina Wentzel Wolfe
Abstract
The author tested the thesis: providing a device with a personalized music playlist is one effective spiritual resource for people living with moderate to severe dementia in a long-term care facility when used on a regular basis in a spiritual care relationship. Listening to the familiar music helps build a relationship of care and support, helps the resident feel comforted, lessees the anxiety of the resident, assists in meaning making, and lessens the resident's feelings of isolation. this author wrote five case studies based on spiritual; care visits over a period of three months. the research supported the thesis.

Accepted in the Beloved A Seminar for Applying the Truth of Union with Christ to the Troublesome Triad of Guilt, Fear, and Shame

Author
Timothy P Foster
Abstract
This project explored the potential applications of the doctrine of union with Christ to pastoral counseling. The author developed and deployed a seminar for ascertaining whether an increased understanding of the security of the gospel (i.e., union with Christ) could help Christians engage their troublesome emotions and assist them in the dissolution of negative affect (guilt, fear, or shame). The author discovered the various ways this jewel of a doctrine could be an effective tool in small groups, large groups, and in personalized counseling.

Preaching as Pastoral Care Utilizing the Tenets of Pastoral Care and Counseling to Influence Sermon Development

Author
James R Johnson
Abstract
This thesis project focuses on preaching as pastoral care and the process of integration. In the Black church context, it is taboo for one to seek counseling outside of the realm of the church. People who face issues such as mental illness and poverty are often stigmatized and labeled. The perpetuation of such stigmas is often introduced and reinforced through the preaching of the gospel. It is the effort of the writer to show through contextual practice how the integration of preaching and pastoral care challenges the church to rethink preaching as a means of healing care.

Compassion fatigue and the church counselor at Saddleback Church

Author
Kathy Ann Camarillo
Abstract
The church counselors at Saddleback Church are at risk of compassion fatigue due to their exposure to traumatic events in the counseling process. This project assessed and addressed the risk of compassion fatigue. Counselors were taught the definition for and characteristics of compassion fatigue and given an assessment to measure the risk. Six counselors were selected, based on their assessment scores, to participate in an eight-week project. Participants discovered how the symptoms of compassion fatigue impacted their spiritual, emotional, physical and psychological well-being. Participants adopted practices of self-care to mitigate and prevent compassion fatigue and reported positive outcomes.

Toward permanence addressing the need for accessible permarital care for deaf couples

Author
Peter Christopher Myers
Abstract
This project addressed the inaccessibility of premarital-care resources in the church for deaf couples whose first language in American Sign Language (ASL). Using case study methodology, ten deaf married couples were interviewed about their experiences with premarital care. Four central issues were addressed: the couple's attitudes toward premarital care; the perceived competency of the care provider; the process and approach(es) of premarital care that the couple received; and follow-up provided by the care provider. Major themes and resulting recommendations for ministry applications were offered.

"Help pastor! My son is gay!" : a study on the pastoral care needed for Christian parents with adult gay children

Author
Barry S Cureton
Abstract
This study focused on the unique ministry needs of Christian parents who discover their adult child is gay. Through intensive interviews with Christian parents, it details the emotional turmoil and spiritual struggle that these parents experience and identifies the unique family situations that may cause conflict. Topics covered include: a review of the current biblical debate surrounding homosexuality, a summary of Christian counseling for families with a gay adult child, differing views regarding causation, the unique spiritual and emotional needs of parents and the family issues they face, and suggestions for offering hope and healing to struggling Christian parents.

Utilizando los Salmos en la el consejo pastoral a la persona con sentimientos depresivos

Author
Javier Gómez
Abstract
La presente investigación ha enfocado sobre la posibilidad de utilizar los Salmos como parte integral de la ayuda suministrada en el consejo pastoral hacia las personas afligidas por la depresión. Se desarrolló una intervención de consejería pastoral basada en los Salmos Bíblicos para ayudar a personas a lidiar con sentimientos depresivos a partir de un acercamiento integrador en lo que a la psicología se refiere. Medidas comparativas entre los resultados de pre- y post-pruebas fueron obtenidas utilizando las escalas desarrolladas por Beck con un grupo de voluntarios, evaluando le efectividad de la intervención propuesta. Los resultados obtenidos parecieran afirmar las nociones propuestas, apuntando positivamente hacia direcciones futuras que encomian investigaciones más precisas al respecto.

Temple cleansing: an integration of anger management and spiritual formation

Author
Edward James Vollmar
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a resource useful to pastors and Christian counselors seeking to address, within the small group setting, anger issues presented by Christian men. A copy of the resource, integrating anger management theories and praxis with spiritual formation theories and praxis, was presented to an expert panel comprised of pastors and Christian counselors, along with a questionnaire by which evaluations were made of the resource measuring six goal characteristics. Analysis of the results clearly indicates that the six intended goals were reasonably achieved, especially the goal of fostering spiritual formation. Implications are explored.
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