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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Upd Exp edition (May 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310329299
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310329299
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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From the Publisher

Solution-Focused Pastoral Counseling introduces a fresh, effective, and time-saving approach that will benefit pastors overtaxed by counseling demands. Dr. Charles A. Kollar shows that counseling need not be long-term to produce dramatic results. In most cases, the solution lies with the counselees themselves. Pastors, apart from therapists, are well equipped to help the counselees discover it and put it in motion speedily and productively.

Solution-Focused Pastoral Counseling shifts the emphasis from the problem to the strengths, vision, and practical solutions that lie within the individual. Stressing that God is already active in the counselee, Dr. Kollar first lays the theological and theoretical groundwork for short-term counseling. Then he shows how to apply theory to practical, short-term sessions that help people get back on track in their marriage, family living, and other aspects of life.

Kollar recognizes that there is a time to refer to a Christian specialist, but he warns against today's ready-referral mindset. What is generally needed, he believes, is neither professional help nor long-term counseling, but a new paradigm based on Christian identity. Like "new wineskins," Christians are fashioned not for the old wine of problem-oriented therapy, but the new wine of God's life-changing grace. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Author

Dr. Charles Allen Kollar is a licensed professional counselor and the senior pastor of First Church of God, Virginia Beach, Virginia. He served as a United States Navy chaplain for ten years and is currently the director of On-Trac Ministries. He holds the D.Min. from Fuller Theological Seminary and the M.Div. from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Dawn, have three children --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Charles Kollar grew up in New York where he worked as a drummer with various club bands. At age 23 he had a life-changing personal encounter with Jesus. Due to this encounter he began a life of service that has included being the pastor of four congregations, serving three tours as a U.S. Navy Chaplain and becoming an author and counselor. The heart of Dr. Kollar's message is a joy-filled faith and a life that focuses on God's possibilities as already achieved. His passion for seeing God's purpose fulfilled is presently impacting the Pocono's where he serves as Lead Pastor at Innovation Church (InnovationLife.org).

Charles received his undergraduate degree from Northwest University, a Master of Divinity from the Assembly of God Theological Seminary and his Doctorate at Fuller Theological Seminary. A Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Charles is the author of Solution-Focused Pastoral Counseling, Mastering Life, Master of the Ride, Brief Christian Counseling and is featured in Strategies for Brief Pastoral Counseling, edited by Howard Stone. Charles and and his wife Dawn have three grown children and six amazing grandchildren. They reside in Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania.

Customer Reviews

Very easy read.
gans
Secular counseling provides "homework" in the pursuit of counselor-defined solutions.
William T. Brewer
I highly recommend this book to ALL pastors !!!
Joshua Jennings

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. Milner on October 17, 2013
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I ordered this for the PACO 500 class-and just found out that the Kindle edition is NOT the edition for the class--this is the 1997 edition. It is not the current edition of the book. When I viewed the book page for the hardcover edition, I clicked the "view inside" option...and it had a statement that one would receive the newer edition when placing the order--but does NOT specify that clicking the Kindle edition link would purchase the older version. I think it is relatively deceptive to have both links on the same page without clearly qualifying that they are two separate editions-and the hardcover has at least 3 more chapters, which is how I found out it was the older version. The reading assignment states to read chapter 19. There IS no chapter 19 on the Kindle edition.

I have now had to order the hardcopy book to meet the class reading requirements-and I have wasted almost 10 bucks on a book that is not going to do me a bit of good.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael G. Kelly, D.Min. (ABD), Th.M., M.B.A. on June 15, 2013
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Solution-Focused Pastoral Counseling offers the busy pastor a practical and productive method for effectively addressing the lion's share of counseling requests encountered in full-time ministry. With increased expectations upon the typical pastor as well as the growing tendencies toward specialization in ministry, counseling needs are more and more becoming relegated to the "professionals" in order to safeguard resources for what is perceived as "real" ministry. In the pastor's defense, the time-consuming components of counseling, not to mention the accompanying emotional drain is difficult to justify, given the oft poor results realized. Nonetheless, the author offers a workable program that is reasonable and effective for the greatest of skeptics in ministry. The program is built upon the assumption that the pastor is not necessarily bringing particular learned skills to those in need, but takes advantage of what God is already doing in the lives of the counselee. This principle alone offers a great sense of relief for those of us who feel inadequate to cope with the complexities of counseling. At the same time, liberty is given to refer those who face complex borderline issues to alternate professional resources.
The primary area of focus in counseling is pivotal in the methodology offered. It is common in most models to focus upon the problem at hand, identified as a problem-focused paradigm. Kollar argues that focusing on the problem does not necessarily benefit the client but runs the risk of further validating the issue and unfairly contributing greater weight to what may be an insignificant matter altogether. Kollar argues that these "individual paradigms" are frequently self-imposed circumstances that blind the counselee to alternative approaches for reconciliation.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Jennings on May 27, 2013
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after reading this book I have adapted my counseling style to reflect Solution Focused theory. This book is both informative and inspirational. I have found that my clients like this new approach much better than the Cognitive Behavioral Approach I have used in the past. I highly recommend this book to ALL pastors !!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Reggiereg on November 23, 2008
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I read this book from cover to cover and was not at all impressed with the counseling model the first time I read it. However about a year later I picked the book up again and for some strange reason found it to be rather interesting the second time around. I then began to try the counseling technique out on a couple of people that I know and it produced some very positive results. Also note that the people that I was using the technique on had no clue that they were even being counseled.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Glenn on September 7, 2009
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I really enjoyed this book! At first, it is a little difficult to accept this style. However, I learned a great deal about counseling and how to find the positive in situations. As well as, seeing the power in showing hope to people through finding a positive way through the situation, rather than keeping the person mentaly in their problem. This is a fantastic book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Frank Bumpus on March 2, 2013
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Appropriate framing of Solution Focused theory in Biblical contexts. Strong recommend. Great for people without much formal training in terms of explaining how this theory would play out in aiding and ministering to others.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shannon W. Kirkpatrick on June 24, 2012
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Kollar does a great job presenting a solution-focused method, that is focused on where one is going, not leaving; focusing on what one should be doing right, rather than on what one is doing wrong. I appreciate his descriptions and explanations and find the method very effective and helpful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marc Kennedy on April 9, 2012
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Kollar's book empowers the local church pastor to lead counselees into positive change without carrying the burden of being something other than an expert in psychology. He presents the argument that pastors have been trained to refer far too many cases to secular mental health agencies and professionals when these same pastors have the tools they need to help get the people who come to them "unstuck" and moving forward in a positive way. Kollar gives a practical model for pastors to use to achieve this goal.

Kollar's book is an application of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), a therapy that has been proven by secular research to be at least as successful as other methods of therapy. I recommend doing some research on SFBT and reading Strategic Pastoral Counseling: A Short-Term Structured Model by David G. Benner, Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Spirituality at Psychological Studies Institute, Richmond Graduate University (Atlanta).

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy is a method of therapy developed by Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg at the Milwaukee Brief Therapy Center which they founded in 1978. Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) purposely does not focus on the cause of a problem. In fact, one of the method's underlying assumptions is that a counselor or therapist does not necessarily need to know much at all about a person's problem to help them. This seems counterintuitive, but Kollar makes the argument that many other psychologists have been making for the last 30 years that focusing on a person's illness is a carryover from medical practices grounded more in medical culture than in research. See Trepper, Terry S., Eric E. McCollum, Peter De Jong, Harry Korman, Wallace Gingerich, and Cynthia Franklin. 2010.
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