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  • Paperback: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press; 1 edition (February 16, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0664226841
  • ISBN-13: 978-0664226848
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Every pastor needs to study this book so that new generations can learn the meaning of Christiancare ina transformed world." -- James N. Poling, Professor of Pastoral Care, Counseling, and Theology, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

"This is a rich resource for ministries of care and counseling that I will use in teaching." -- Nancy J. Ramsay, Executive Vice President and Dean, Professor of Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Care, Brite Divinity School

About the Author

Carrie Doehring is Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling at Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado. She is an ordained Presbyterian minister.

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Carrie Doehring cdoehring@iliff.edu
Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling
Iliff School of Theology, Denver Colorado
B.Mus., M.Div., McGill University
M.Th., Wilfrid Laurier University
Ph.D., Boston University

In the area of pastoral care and theology, Carrie Doehring currently is articulating a contextual theologically-based approach to pastoral care that draws upon postmodern approaches to knowledge (The Practice of Pastoral Care: A Postmodern Approach. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2006). As a feminist pastoral theologian, she focuses on sexual and domestic violence and clergy sexual misconduct (Taking Care: Monitoring Power Dynamics and Relational Boundaries in Pastoral Care and Counseling. Nashville, TN: Abingdon, 1995). A feature of her work is the use of films and novels as case studies.
Dr. Doehring is ordained in the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A., a Diplomat in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and a licensed psychologist in Massachusetts and Colorado.

Carrie is married to George Magnuson, an assisting priest at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Denver. She has two adult sons, Jordan and Alex. For relaxation, she enjoys films and novels, and listening to classical choral music.

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22 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Ann Bronte on January 3, 2009
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I was quite disappointed as I read this book. Doerhing does offer some good solid insights into pastoral care, but these are the same old tired concepts. Doehring has a mechanistic worldview, uses tired psychological concepts,fails to stress the importance of pastoral presence, and perhaps worst of all suggests the ineffective method of treating compulsions symptomatically by isolating the behavior deemed compulsive (say overeating) rather than holistically from the root of compulsion. Effecively putting a band aid on a gaping wound.
Doehring treads dangerously close to encouraging pastoral care providers to exploit the pastoral relationship. She says, "Having access to family in ways that mental health professionals don't, Pastors can identify the role of addiction in a family and break the silence" (92). What, now pastors are detectives? What happened to the understanding that until a person/family wants help, they cannot receive it? In this paragraph she is speaking particularly of drug addiction/alcoholism.
Doehring lacks insight into social oppression, into how by noting that suicidality is higher among certain minorities and in so doing she perpetuates the status quo of oppression, rather than suggesting it is worthwhile to assess for suicidality in any person suffering a crisis (84-5).
There is little evidence of a postmodern approach, here. Doehring advocates th linear, isolative (as in isolate the symptom and fix it), mechanistic approach. And as Diarmuid O'Murchu points out anyone who has had a car break down, fixed the supposed problem only to have it break down again knows such approach only works for sometimes. Thus illustrating she buys into much of psychology's misappropriation of systems theory, in which the linear mechanistic approach is anathema.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joshua J. Almanza on August 24, 2013
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This approach will definitely be useful to me in the clinical or hospital setting where pastoral and spiritual care require an understanding of postmodernism.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ann J. on February 13, 2012
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Doehring's voice is essential for those who provide pastoral or spiritual care in a variety of settings. Concise, well organized, and an essential text for clinical pastoral education and chaplaincy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve on November 2, 2011
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This book offers an introduction to some basic concepts of pastoral care. However, Doehring draws broad generalities, exercises biases, and relies on the identity politics which drives several sectors of the modern academy.

Although generally against hierarchies, Doehring provides an order in which pastoral care provider's should assess a patient's social identity, "first gender, then race, then class, and so on..." (pg. 102).

It is important to consider gender, racial, economic, and cultural differences, and seek justice amidst racism and oppression, yet this book makes identity politics its underlining theme. In some instances, although the author claims she is open to other cultures, she uses modern, Western, individualistic conceptions of freedom to judge other cultures. Such as when she transcribes verbatims and talks about how a Korean father should and does learn about individualistic over collectivistic notions of freedom from his American daughters (pg. 17,26-28).

Perhaps this book would benefit from some incorporation of scriptural and historical approaches to pastoral care, as these are virtually absent.

There are better books on pastoral care available.
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This approach stretches the usual parameters of pastoral care. As a curriculum piece it allowed the class to explore our own biases and consider what impact these have on our practices. It is not so technical as to be difficult to understand yet not a DIY guide for PC care.
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This book is practical, accessible and well written. I've used it in courses exploring the intricacies and realities of pastoral care. My students were all grateful I assigned it. It fostered excellent discussion and provided the underpinnings of some practical exercises that enriched everyone's experience.
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This is a good classroom book. Kind of dry reading but has good information. It was purchased for a class being taken.
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postmodernity is not the best way I find to practice pastoral care. In todays dysfunctional world real in your face making them take responsibility goes farther in giving good pastoral care
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