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Pastoral Counseling: Getting Started

Pastoral counseling and practice moves beyond the support or encouragement of a religious community by providing psychologically sound therapy that utilizes a religious and spiritual dimension.


Pastoral theologians and counselors not only need to be aware of biblical sources and theological presuppositions, they also need to understand and evaluate research in the behavioral sciences, particularly psychology and psychotherapy, as well as a general overview of sociology and anthropology.

This guide covers many of the most useful resources in this area, with suggestions for finding backgrounds, books, and articles for your course work. Use the tabs above to explore the many resources available to you.

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