Relational Ministry

Integrating Ministry and Psychotherapy

von Gibson, Catherine   (Autor)

Historically, the relationship between religion and psychotherapy has been troubled. Are there inherent contradictions between the two, or can advances in mental health care offer useful insights for the work of ordained ministers? This book analyses the relationship between these two areas and suggests possibilities for a new form of ministry.

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Historically, the relationship between religion and psychotherapy has been more negative than positive. Are there inherent contradictions between the two, or can advances in the area of mental health care offer insights that are useful for the work of those in ordained ministry? This book presents an analysis of the relationship between ordained ministry on the one hand and counselling and psychotherapeutic practice on the other. It draws on extensive interviews carried out with current and former clergy in three churches (the Roman Catholic Church, the Church of Ireland and the Presbyterian Church in Ireland) in order to clarify why some have stayed in ministry and combined it with psychotherapy, while others have left and continue their practice as psychotherapists. The book explores possible links between the sense of ministry in these two important areas of human experience - religion and psychotherapy - and goes on to investigate how combining these might lead to a different form of ministry. 


Contents: Background to the Research - The Societal Context of Ministry in Ireland - The Ecclesiastical Context of Ministry - Three Rites of Ordination - Causal Conditions - Contextual and Intervening Conditions - Strategies - Consequences - Institutional Structures - Socialisation, Culture and Organisations - Power and Clericalism - New Possibilities: Relational Ministry - Afterword: Toward Further Dialogue. 


Catherine Gibson began her career as a teacher and later trained in the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital in Dublin, where she qualified as a systemic psychotherapist. She holds a PhD from All Hallows College (Dublin City University) for her thesis on the relationship between psychotherapy and religion. She worked for the Health Service Executive for several years and is currently working in private practice in Dublin. 

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Medium: Buch
Format: Kartoniert
Seiten: 236
Sprache: Englisch
Erschienen: Juni 2016
Maße: 225 x 150 mm
Gewicht: 338 g
ISBN-10: 3034322518
ISBN-13: 9783034322515
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