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The Practice of Pastoral Care: A Postmodern Approach Paperback – February 16, 2006
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"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
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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.Read more ›
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 change his thinking 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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I found this book to be the best pastoral care book or counseling source. It answered questions on pastoral care that helped me to change my strategy in guiding my staff and... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Juanita Pierre Louis
I bought this book for school!! Amazing!! Arrived before the expected delivery date and received it !!Published 9 months ago by Quiana
Excellent book for a particular perspective of pastoral care. The views of this book should be woven with other sources, however, as this is only one approach.Published 19 months ago by MsC1953
Book in great shape look forward to buying more books in this great condition.thanksPublished 20 months ago by MARK STANCIL
Great book. It is so easy to understanding. Writer used great care in planning the contents.
Very useful reading and applications to use in Pastoral care studies.
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... Read morePublished on December 12, 2013 by Catherine D. Belles