The Biblical Basis for Strategic Approaches in Pastoral Counseling

Volume
Volume 11
Issue
Summer 1983
Title
The Biblical Basis for Strategic Approaches in Pastoral Counseling
Abstract

This article examines the relationship between biblical and clinical wisdom concerning change. A nonrational, strategic view of helping people change is described. This is first discussed as a psychotherapeutic approach wherein intrapsychic and interpersonal conflicts are held to be manifested in dysfunctional social communication. People change through experiencing therapeutic communications which block dysfunctional ones and foster healthier interpersonal interaction. This strategic wisdom is identified in the Bible, particularly in Jesus'€™ use of paradox, metaphor, and parables to help people change. It is argued that pastoral counseling has neglected this wisdom. A case example is presented and six strategic interventions offered. Suggestions are made for pastoral counselors to utilize this approach.

Author
Dr. J. Boghosian
Pages
99 - 107
Price
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