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Minding the Soul: Pastoral Counseling as Remembering

Minding the Soul

Pastoral Counseling as Remembering

James B. Ashbrook (Author)

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Ministers, priests, rabbis, physicians, and therapists faced with their awesome role will appreciate Ashbrook's clear way of integrating medicine, psychology, and theology into a consistent framework for therapeutic practice.

Part One unfolds the dimensions of being human—physiological, depth-psychological, interpersonal—to show how patterns of mere survival can be changed to patterns of growth. Part Two describes how to engage the souls of people in pain. It offers specific, step-by- step techniques to enable people psychically to turn again to life. Part Three presents the fuller picture of meaning-making activity—soul-making—that is the heart of human life, beginning with the counselor's own.
  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • ISBN 9780800626730
  • Format Paperback
  • Dimensions 6 x 9
  • Pages 300
  • Publication Date December 1, 1995

Endorsements

"This book is an excellent and richly meaningful resource for the practice, learning, and teaching of pastoral counseling. Experientially focused, it joins theological and psychological theory and practice with the fruits of brain research in a compelling challenge to personal and professional integration and depth."
— Bonnie Niswander, Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, Illinois

"James Ashbrook has collated forty years of experience and wisdom into a highly practical exposition of pastoral care. His book is full of ripe examples that illuminate coherent principles to guide the novice and gratify the expert professional."
— Robert Lyman Potter, M.D

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
    PART ONE: ROCK-A THE SOUL: A MAP FOR MINDING SOULS

  1. The Rock That Gives Birth: A Metaphor for Minding the Soul
  2. Struggles of the Soul: Rockiness and Neurocognitive Activity
  3. Stabilizing the Soul: A Clinical Case Study
  4. Empowering Souls: Transforming Rockiness into Rocklikeness

    PART TWO: ENGAGING THE SOUL: FOCUSING ON THE TASK

  5. Oxygen and the Breath of Life: Creating a Context
  6. Surviving and Being Known: Connecting
  7. Hurting and Hoping: Responding
  8. Growing and Exploring: Discovering
  9. A New Engaging of Experience: Acting
  10. What Awakens Hope? Inquiries and Reflections

    PART THREE: MAKING SENSE OF SOUL: BEGINNING WITH ONESELF

  11. Stories: Learning Who We Are
  12. Soul: Meaningful Memory
  13. Sabbathing: Integrating Experience
  14. Soul and Role: Being a Counselor and Being a Person
Epilogue
Appendix: Figures
Bibliography
Index
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