Salud mental y cuidado pastoral

Rupert Neblett
The present research project of bibliographic modality and field research has its fundamental purpose to evaluate the importance of mental health care in pastors, ministers, leaders, and laity who have levels of responsibilities in human resources administration in the different denominations of Christian families.

With the understanding that "without mental health, it is not possible to have good spiritual health". This research has been motivated by the level of stress and its consequences of emotional situations that the COVID-19 pandemic has promoted.

As a result, an educational conference was held on Saturday, March 20, 2021, under the theme: "Leaders in Christ, Anxiety, Post-traumatic Stress, and Depression". This Conference was held in one of the church facilities where 38 pastors participated. It was found in the post-conference evaluations that 50% of the participating pastors and ministers presented a high level of stress.

An action plan is proposed that entails improving mental health of the Pastors, to immediately address the inadequate conditions that harm all those ministers and leaders who are in charge of human resources authority responsibilities in the churches by carrying out workshops that lead to developing the guidelines to put into practice strategies that lead to mental health.

Metaphors in pastoral care and counseling : utilizing the therapeutic model of David Grove

Verlyn D Hemmen
This paper offers a method for pastoral counselors to utilize in healing individual and corporate anxiety. The model uses the modern therapeutic technique of Dr. David Grove in conjunction with the biblical psalms of lament.

David Grove maintains that people use metaphors to describe past traumatic experiences, and that these metaphors provide the key for healing these wounds, or the "wounded child within," in the past where they first occurred. Grove's therapeutic process emphasizes careful attention to the office setting, healing the wounded child within in the past, allowing the client's use of metaphor to express the trauma, and strict regard to the "clean" language used by the therapist. Grove also contends that the wounded child within is "frozen" in time, and the therapist must help guide the client through and beyond that experience so that healing may occur. This is achieved through an u nderstanding of the information stored in the child within, the memories which describe the environment outside the child's body, and the bodily boundaries described in metaphors.

Spiritual growth through journal writing as a therapeutic intervention with victims of post-traumatic stress disorder

Donald A Amidon
This book describes the use of Intensive Journal Writing as a spiritual development mechanism for Vietnam War combat veterans who are Post-traumatic Stress Disorder victims.

Chapter One describes the trauma of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and addresses the therapeutic task of healing.

Chapter Two presents a description of the physiological and psychological effects of stress. Effective coping mechanisms and stress management techniques are evaluated.

Chapter Three reviews the biblical concept of prayer and the implications of spiritual development for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder victims. Attention is drawn to the response of God to prayers of petition.

Chapter Four reviews theological perspectives which pertain to Intensive Journal Writing as a psychological and spiritual development resource. As the revealed activity of God becomes the work of redemption, healing activity is defined.

Chapter Five presents the Intensive Journal Writing technique of Ira Progoff. The use of this Journal Writing system as a part of a Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Rehabilitation Program is described. Special consideration is given to the spiritual dimension of journal development.

Chapter Six demonstrates that Intensive Journal Writing is a productive means of spiritual development. The deepening character of Journal Writing is described as a method of stress reduction, spiritual development and healing.

Perspectives on sexism : a study of the role of women in male- female relationships

Franklin Mizzi
This project is designed to provide evidence that an understanding of the relationships between men and women which are based on superior-inferior positions, and that women are subordinate to men cannot be validated.

Chapter One presents perceptions of power from a purely social science perspective and from a theological perspective.

Chapter Two investigates some sections of the Old and New Testaments, and some formative theologians who have had great influence on various Christian belief systems, to determine if these sources favor the dominance of men over women.

Chapter Three is devoted to how women see themselves in the current situation in society, in the church, and in marriage. Some feminist authors and social scientists who discuss equality of the sexes or the lack of it are given the opportunity to state their cases.

Chapter Four is a presentation of three case studies in which various psychotherapeutic models were used in thecounseling sessions. This chapter demonstrates the impact of the abuse of power, and suggests that correcting this misuse of power gives hope of establishing the solidity such unions should have.

Chapter Five is a series of summary reflections based on the project as a whole, with particular attention to the three case studies. The vulnerable sharing of power in a loving way does not diminish the bonds of marriage. In fact, the bonds of marriage are strengthened to weather storms when there is vulnerable sharing of power.

A model of process for interpersonal interaction in marital therapy

Robert P Huizenga
The purpose of this paper is to state clearly and concisely a model for marital therapy. I demonstrate that the model is closely associated with personal assumptions , is based on particular theoretical constructs , and can be utilized in interpersonal interaction.

The first chapter lists particular personal assumptions and states the importance of articulating assumptions. Systems theory, which embraces a theory of process, is outlined in Chapter II. Tri-Modal Structuring, with its three modes of interaction, is described in Chapter III. Finally , Chapter IV demonstrates the utilization of the model by presenting a case study of marital therapy.

This paper is an attempt to express in written form what I have attempted to integrate over the past three years. As such, it is an attempt to state in my own words what I have seen, heard, read, experienced and thought regarding therapy. I have attempted to take that which I have encountered and in a brief and simple way, state the coherent principles which become my guide in the maze of interpersonal interaction.

Self-regulation as a function of pastoral leadership

William E. E Buckeye
Can a pastor increase his or her own self-regulation and self-differentiation as a pastoral leader by integrating an understanding of one's own family system, the historical functioning of the congregation being served, and the pastor's most meaningful passage or story from the Bible? Will these three often disparate pieces weave together into new understandings that can improve the pastor's own functioning? This project is designed to begin to answer these questions.

Chapter One presents the history of the development of Murray Bowen's Family Systems Theory and the eight main concepts of this theory.

Chapter Two will be an in-depth examination of my family of origin which will discuss the patterns of family functioning I discovered as I completed my family genogram, similar to a family tree.

Chapter Three will briefly examine the history of one of the congregations I served in an attempt to discover the roots of that particular congregation's functioning.

Chapter Four will be an in-depth examination of the biblical account of the patriarch Jacob/Israel.

Chapter Five will integrate these three elements, my family story, the congregational story, and the biblical story, to demonstrate how the common elements that existed in all three of these stories led to a "Eureka" moment for my life and ministry.

Chapter Six, the concluding chapter will describe how other pastors, if they are already familiar with Bowen Theory and family emotional processes, may begin to apply the approach described in this paper within their own lives and ministries to increase their ability to regulate anxiety and self-differentiate within the life of the congregation.

Developing a Biblical Counseling Ministry at the Sweet Onion Christian Learning Center in Toombs County, Georgia

Gady Earl Youmans D.Ed.Min.

Developing a Biblical Counseling Ministry at the
Sweet Onion Christian Learning Center
in Toombs County, Georgia

This project sought to create a biblical counseling ministry that will equip local churches and believers to engage effectively in biblical counseling with confidence and assurance that God’s Word is authoritative and sufficient for life transformation of those in need of counsel. Chapter 1 presents the history and ministry context of the Sweet Onion Christian Learning Center (SOCLC) and the goal of this project. Chapter 2 provides an exegesis of multiple passages of Scripture to demonstrate the necessity and sufficiency of biblical counseling. Chapter 3 presents the historical/practical/theoretical ideas behind counseling, both secular and biblical. Chapter 4 describes the project itself, including the curriculum and methodology utilized to complete this ministry project. Chapter 5 evaluates the efficacy of the project based on completion of the specified goals. Overall, the overarching purpose of this project is to equip believers competently and confidently to counsel those around them for life transformation through the Word of God for the glory of God.

Gady Earl Youmans

Advisor: Jonathan Okinaga, Ph.D.

Jack D. Terry School of Educational Ministries

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2022

Spiritual Practices in Finding Meaning in Suffering Among Tamil Sri-Lankan Refugees

Stanley Alex Augustine OFMCap D.Min.
Man’s search for meaning is the primary motivation in his life and not a secondary rationalization.”1 This is one of the quotes which well fits into my research. Life is complete with meaning, and seeking meaning should be the primary motivation of everyone. This thesis project is concerned with understanding how Sri-Lankan Tamil refugees find meaning in suffering and might be helped by to find meaning in their suffering through the spiritual practices of pastors. “If there is meaning in life at all, then there must be meaning in suffering.”2 Though there is meaning, the simple people, like refugees, are often unable to find the meaning for their suffering.

Discovering Counseling Methods That Military Chaplains Can Use To Increase Spiritual Resilience

Philip E. Ridley D.Min.
The research conducted in this project revealed most military chaplains possess innate skills that are valuable to counseling. Combining these skills with proven counseling methods increase service members’ spiritual resilience. Military chaplains’ empathy and the ability to actively listen to care-seekers is one such innate skill. Empathetic listening builds rapport and creates a safe client-focused environment. Within this safe environment, military chaplains can encourage service members with spiritual or practical wisdom. Additionally, military chaplains can provide assurance and peace through prayer, reading of sacred documents, or administering religious rites. These religious activities connect the care-seeker to their source of faith. Military chaplains’ ability to incorporate the aforementioned skills and capabilities into their counseling methods create a safe client-centered counseling environment. This type of environment is an essential element for implementing the narrative therapy counseling method. Incorporation of narrative therapy into military chaplains counseling sessions can increase service members’ spiritual resilience. The narrative therapy method is conducive for military chaplains to use because it is the least technical or scientific counseling method implemented by behavioral health counselors. Narrative therapy provides a structure that empowers the caregiver, including military chaplains to help care-seekers share, understand, and reshape their narrative or personal story.

An Integrative Model of Spiritual Formation:
Incorporating Practices from Christian Spirituality and Psychotherapy

Kern Orbin Stanberry D.Min.
This portfolio represents an integrative approach to Christian spiritual formation that refutes the modern Western dualistic mindset. It reclaims the premodern understanding of the unity of truth as revealed through Scripture and creation and, as such, calls for the engagement of practices from both Christian spiritualty and psychotherapy in the process of Christian spiritual formation. Through a rigorous process of personal, spiritual, professional, academic and field research explorations and reflections, the author presents an integrative Christian spiritual formation model and invites Christian leaders and researchers to intentionally include the subjective realities of people’s experiences in their spiritual formational journey.
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