Dialogue as Counseling

Dialogue is two-way conversation with two (or more) participants with the goal of mutual understanding. Dialogue would normally be seen as a conversational form that is distinctly different from preaching (1-way conversation focused on changing the other), teaching/lecturing (1-way conversation focused on the other gaining understanding), and arguing (2-way conversation focused on each seeking to … Continue reading Dialogue as Counseling

Teaching Pastoral Care Affectively

I was at a seminar earlier today that spoke of creative teaching methds, and it was brought up the importance of teaching not just cognitively, but affectively (emotionally), and behaviorally. At that seminar the question was brought up “How do you teach Pastoral Care Affectively.” The answer given by the group facilitator was that since … Continue reading Teaching Pastoral Care Affectively

Dynamics in Pastoral Counseling and Training

My wife and I first published this book last September... but by November we already realized that we had to make some tweaks to it. Most of the changes were changes of spellings or changes of words. These were not major things, but they should be done. We were able to finish that review and … Continue reading Dynamics in Pastoral Counseling and Training

Naturally Not Compassionate

I am teaching a class in pastoral care and counseling at seminary. I decided to roleplay a hospital visit. I had one student to roleplay having a back injury with uncertain prognosis. Then I roleplayed a rather poor pastoral visit. I am pretty good at poor pastoral visits--- I just have to do what comes … Continue reading Naturally Not Compassionate

Presentations for Pastoral Counseling

A lot of the presentations that we use for our Clinical Pastoral Education, Clinical Pastoral Orientation, and Pastoral Counseling classes are available online. Many of them are regularly being updated and improved. Still, we try to keep these online resources relatively current. You can find them at Slideshare by CLICKING HERE. They are often topically … Continue reading Presentations for Pastoral Counseling

Supervision of Pastoral Counselors

Here is a very brief section on "philosophies" of pastoral counseling supervision from the book that my wife and I are finishing. "Dynamics in Pastoral Counseling." It is a broad overview of principles in pastoral counseling for students. Hopefully it will be published in 2019. “Philosophies” of Supervision In the supervision of counselors there are … Continue reading Supervision of Pastoral Counselors


Quote from "Effective Pastoral Counseling" by Gary Collins (Manila, Philippines: OMF Publishers, 1984): We have a cause for happiness but we must never get the idea that it is unchristian or unspiritual for people to be unhappy at times. Periodic discouragement is a part of life and although believers can always be glad for their … Continue reading Weeping