Paco 500 Pastoral Counseling Reflection Paper

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Pastoral Counseling Reflection Paper Intro to Pastoral Counseling August 25, 2013 Table of Contents Abstract………………………………………………………………………….......3 Personal Experience…………………………………………………………………4 Current Needs and Expectations………………………………………………….....5 Personal Approach to Pastoral Counseling………………………………………….7 References…………………………………………………………………………...9 Grading Rubric……………………………………………………………………..10 Abstract Pastoral counseling provides the opportunity to help others using biblical principles. Often, a pastoral counselor is able to use his or her own personal experiences to relate to others. By identifying current needs and expectations, one is able to set goals to improve in specific areas. It is also important for future pastoral counselors to identify what his or her personal approach to counseling currently is and what he or she hopes it will be in the future. Strong communication skills, an understanding of different personality types, and having a strong foundation of biblically relevant examples are all desirable traits. In addition, it is important to have a working knowledge of mental health diagnosis and treatments. Pastoral Counseling Reflection For many, pastoral counseling is the first line of defense when dealing with an emotional problem, a traumatic event, or personal difficulties. For others, the idea of pastoral counseling is foreign due to lack of exposure to religion. For those entering this field, it is important to remember that we are ministering to both those who formally seek help and those who do not even realize it is available. In this paper, I will provide a description of my personal experience with pastoral counseling, identify my current needs and expectations, as well as describe my current
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