Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion

2020 Edition
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Pastoral Counseling Hermeneutics/Methodology

  • KwangYu LeeEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-24348-7_200089

Pastoral counseling hermeneutics/methodology can be examined from three distinctive perspectives: (1) its seven fundamental theoretical approaches, (2) its methods in light of how counselors and counselees interact with each other in a pastoral counseling setting, and (3) its methods in special and specific circumstances.

Chaplain Anton T. Boisen laid down the first fundamental theoretical approach of pastoral counseling methods. In his autobiographical book The Exploration of the Inner World (1936), drawing on his personal experiences of going through a mental breakdown and being treated in a mental hospital, Boisen builds a conceptual bridge between religion and psychology. He claims that a variety of mental disorders are closely related to religious and spiritual matters, and solutions for them are embedded to a degree in counselees’ belief systems. The second theoretical approach is made by Wayne E. Oates. In The Presence of God in Pastoral Counseling (1986), Oates presents a new...

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  1. 1.Drew Graduate Division of ReligionDrew UniversityMadisonUSA