The influence of selected variables on the language used in pastoral counseling
Wiser, Waller Byrd
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The problem of the dissertation is twofold: first, to study the relationship of theological language to the pastoral counseling function in selected Christian traditions; second, to study this relationship with regard to the variables of locale, presenting problem and the counselor's authority as a priest or minister. The emergence of pastoral counseling as an identifiable movement in the late 1940's gave rise to several significant questions concerning the relation of the theological perspective of the pastor to the essentially secular orientation of other helping professions. A basic concern is the extent to which pastoral counseling might be moving away from an overt identification with the Church and with a theological orientation. Does the use of secular language schemes mean that the counseling being done has lost its pastoral dimension identified with the Church and with theology? Rather, are there other variables which influence the particular language used by the pastor in counseling? These questions suggested the need to explore the relationship of theological language to the pastoral counseling function in selected Christian traditions and to such variables as the locale in which the counseling occurs, the presenting problem and the authority of the priest and minister. [TRUNCATED]
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Boston University
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