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Shared Wisdom: Use of the Self in Pastoral Care and Counseling

Shared Wisdom: Use of the Self in Pastoral Care and Counseling

Understanding one's personal issues and emotional reactions— one's "countertransference"— has long been recognized as a core competency in ministry. Now new understandings of intersubjectivity, mutual influence, shared wisdom (both conscious and unconscious), and multicultural dynamics in the caring relationship are bringing promising new possibilities and challenges to pastoral practice.

Employing these insights, in this groundbreaking book Pamela Cooper-White offers a new relational paradigm for pastoral assessment and theological reflection. She uses the caregiver's own responses and feelings as a primary instrument for deepening discernment and better care. She innovatively combines postmodern, psychoanalytic, and theological perspectives with illuminating case studies to illustrate this new use of the self in pastoral care, counseling, and psychotherapy.
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  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • ISBN 9780800634544
  • Format Paperback
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 256
  • Publication Date November 18, 2003