Psychology/pastoral

Listening and Caring Skills: A Guide for Groups and Leaders

Listening and Caring Skills: A Guide for Groups and Leaders
$20.00

The secret to leadership and transformation of a group--or of another person--is the quality of the relationship one person has with another. The effective group leader or counselor will be the person who learns how to listen to other people. By studying and employing listening skills, church leaders will engage others more compassionately, allowing them to feel that their needs are being met. These skills can be used with persons who are terminally ill, inactive at church, going through a divorce, in a family with a severely ill person, unemployed, seeking a new church, grieving, traumatized by catastrophe, going through teenage adolescence, in marriage counseling, or leading a ministry team.

John Savage offers eleven specific and teachable listening skills for improving relationships among those who do ministry in small-group settings or when offering counsel to others. The skills are taught through oral exercises and unfailingly helpful examples from actual congregational situations. The skills include paraphrasing, productive questions, perception check, expression of feelings and emotions, fogging, negative inquiry, behavior description, and story listening.

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9780687017164
Publication Date: 
1996-04-01
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Listening for the Soul: Pastoral Care and Spiritual Direction

Listening for the Soul: Pastoral Care and Spiritual Direction
$25.00
This book explores the relationship between the practices of pastoral care and the practices of spiritual direction with the aim of enabling pastoral caregivers to draw upon the guiding principles, resources and techniques of spiritual direction within the Christian tradition. With an emphasis on both "practice" and "presence," the book reclaims the tradition of "soul care" for the pastoral ministry, thereby complementing the medical, or crisis intervention, model of pastoral care with a wellness/growth model of pastoral care. Listening for the Soul: Challenges clergy to take seriously the relationship between pastoral care and spiritual direction. Integrates theological and psychological insights with issues of spiritual life and formation. Includes a chapter on the spiritual formation of children. Provides practical guidance for integrating spiritual direction with pastoral care. Tends to the pastoral caregivers own needs for spiritual deepening Includes reflection questions and case studies to enable the text to function on both the individual reader and classroom levels.
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9780800632397
Publication Date: 
2000-08-01
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Little Book of Trauma Healing: When Violence Striked and Community Security Is T

Little Book of Trauma Healing: When Violence Striked and Community Security Is T
$6.00
How can we effectively address the threat of terrorism? What helps being about long-term security? What stops cycles of victimhood? What role can Restorative Justice play?

Following the staggering events of September 11, 2001, the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University was asked to help, along with Church World Service, to equip religious and civil leaders for dealing with traumatized communities. The staff and faculty proposed Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) programs. Now, STAR director, Carolyn Yoder, has shaped the strategies and learnings from those experiences into a book for all who have known terrorism and threatened security. Topics covered include:

  • Trauma as a call to change and transformation
  • Societal or collective trauma
  • Trauma affects us physiologically
  • Ongoing Trauma
  • Limitations of defining unhealed trauma through a PTSD frame
  • Incomplete grieving
  • Acknowledgment
  • Reconnection
  • Prevent trauma by learning to wage peach
  • And much more.

  • A startlingly helpful approach. A title in The Little Books of Justice and Peacebuilding Series.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781561485079
    Publication Date: 
    2005-11-01
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    Little Book of Victim Offender Conferencing: Bringing Victims and Offenders Toge

    Little Book of Victim Offender Conferencing: Bringing Victims and Offenders Toge
    $5.00
    Victim offender dialogues have been developed as a way to hold offenders accountable to the person they have harmed and to give victims a voice about how to put things right. It is a way of acknowledging the importance of the relationship, of the connection which crime creates. Granted, the relationship is a negative one, but there is a relationship. Amstutz has been a practitioner and a teacher in the field for more than 20 years.
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781561485864
    Publication Date: 
    2008-11-01
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    Little Red Book (Revised)

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    $15.00
    Designed as an aid for the study of the book Alcoholics Anonymous, The Little Red Book contains many helpful topics for discussion meetings.

    This is the original study guide to the Big Book, Alcoholics Anonymous. Filled with practical information for those first days of sober living, this little book: offers newcomers advice about the program, how long it takes, and what to look for in a sponsor; provides in-depth discussions of each of the Twelve Steps and related character defects; poses common questions about AA and helping others, identifying where to find answers in the Big Book; and features non-sexist language.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780894860041
    Publication Date: 
    1987-09-01
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    Living After A Death: A Guide for the Bereaved

    Living After A Death: A Guide for the Bereaved
    $19.95
    This sensitive book offers practical, down-to-earth advice and encouragement for every stage of the grief journey. In five parts it deals with facing the loss, experiencing the pain, addressing the unique circumstances of one's loss, finding help in the time of mourning, and learning to live again.

    Living after a Death presents a warm, caring approach to the grief process and offers a positive vision of hope and growth through the experience of bereavement. Its words of wisdom are valuable both to grieving individuals and the professionals who help them.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781853905605
    Publication Date: 
    2002-01-01
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    Living Beyond Loss: Death in the Family

    Living Beyond Loss: Death in the Family
    $27.50
    The editors' clinical framework identifies variables that heighten risk for individual, couple, or family dysfunction and describes key processes that foster healing and growth. Chapters by leading authorities reveal how the family response to loss affects all members and their relationships across the life cycle and the generations. New chapters address such topics as spirituality, gender issues, suicide and other traumatic deaths, unacknowledged and stigmatized losses, and resilience-based approaches to family and community recovery from major disaster. In a completely new section, prominent family therapists offer poignant reflections on their own legacies of loss. Throughout Living Beyond Loss, Second Edition, readers will find valuable therapeutic guidelines for working with threatened loss and end-of-life dilemmas, the immediate aftermath of traumatic loss, and long-term complications. Case illustrations address a wide range of loss situations, show their ripple effects, and suggest ways to address hidden losses when other symptoms are presented. Therapists and counselors will find their own lives and practices deeply enriched by this new volume.
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780393704389
    Publication Date: 
    2004-04-17
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    Living Stories: Pastoral Counseling in Congregational Context

    Living Stories: Pastoral Counseling in Congregational Context
    $17.00
    Capps explains how people story their lives -- inspirationally, paradoxically, or miraculously, then shows pastors how they can help people discover their own story discern its shape and direction, and move constructively to find new understandings or possibilities.
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780800630737
    Publication Date: 
    1998-01-05
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    Living Well & Dying Well: A Sacramental View of Life and Death

    Living Well & Dying Well: A Sacramental View of Life and Death
    $15.95
    Structured like a stational liturgy, Living Well & Dying Well calls us to stop and face the five spiritual crises-faith, despair, impatience, pride, and greed-and five remedies-inspiration, hope, patience, humility, and generosity-that are pivotal moments on the journey of life and death. Along with each of these remedies, O'Brien offers meditations, prayers, and a summons to communal support. This latter piece is crucial-living well and dying well requires us to love and accompany one another in our journeys.
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781580511087
    Publication Date: 
    2001-11-01
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    Living with Dying: A Guide for Palliative Care

    Living with Dying: A Guide for Palliative Care
    $23.95
    The third edition of this successful book has been updated to incorporate the latest advances in the treatment of the terminally ill and includes a new section on non-malignant diseases and home care. Based on many years of clinical practice and research at St. Christopher's Hospice in London, the first teaching hospice, Living with Dying presents practical, balanced advice on the general ethical and medical principles of caring for dying patients and considers the details of the control of pain and other symptoms. The book discusses how doctors and other professionals can support the patient and family by sharing the truth with them and understanding their emotional suffering. This will continue to be an invaluable handbook for all family practitioners, hospice physicians, nurses and other health professionals. Patients and their relatives will also find this a compassionate source of factual information.
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780192625144
    Publication Date: 
    1995-06-15
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    Living with Loss

    Living with Loss
    $14.95
    In his first book, Dr. Dan Moseley shares a different way of viewing the losses in life. This honest reflection reveals a pastor who, after many years of caring for others as they experienced loss, found he was ill prepared when an intense season of death and loss impacted his life. Dr. Moseley's personal discoveries and those of friends who have shared their stories with him are found in this book. From a heart of hope he encourages readers to grieve at their own pace and look for the new life emerging in the space loss creates.
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781601480057
    Publication Date: 
    2008-01-01
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    Living With Loss, Healing With Hope

    Living With Loss, Healing With Hope
    $18.00
    Earl Grollman's Living When a Loved One Has Died has brought comfort to more than 250,000 readers. In Living with Loss, Healing with Hope, Grollman speaks directly to mourners of the Jewish faith. By weaving quotations from Jewish writers and philosophers into his comforting and expert prose, Grollman guides readers through the journey of mourning, healing, and hope.
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780807028124
    Publication Date: 
    2000-12-31
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    Logic of the Spirit: Human Development in Theological Perspective

    Logic of the Spirit: Human Development in Theological Perspective
    $34.95
    In this discussion, psychologist and theologian James E. Loder demonstrates how a theological perspective enlarges our understanding of how humans grow and develop from birth to healthy adulthood. Loder acknowledges that psychological stage theories enable us to understand the logic of humans' evolving relationship with the world and with God. At the same time, he demonstrates that the divine spirit has a logic of its own, which is not bound by stages, and which reveals patterns of ultimate significance in the transient, fleeting moments we call a human lifetime. Seminarians, theologians, ministers, and pastoral counselors will benefit from this rich, thought-provoking guide.
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780787909192
    Publication Date: 
    1998-09-25
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    Losing a Parent: Passage to a New Way of Living

    Losing a Parent: Passage to a New Way of Living
    $9.95
    Kennedy shares her own story of facing the loss of a parent and offers innovative strategies for healing and transformation.
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780062504982
    Publication Date: 
    1991-06-21
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    Loss: Faith in the Neighborhood

    Loss: Faith in the Neighborhood
    $19.00

    This series of books explores what it means to live and worship among the many faiths unique to America's neighborhoods. Each book in the series illuminates the questions Christians have about other faiths such as Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Baha'i, Zoroastrianism, Afro-Caribbean religions, Native-American religions, Confucianism, and Shinto. Different faiths have different ideals of community, and different kinds of rules.

    Here is a book to help Christians understand the complex attitudes toward illness and death among the many faiths of their neighbors. Mosher lets us listen in as nurses, physicians, chaplains, religious leaders, and laypersons wrestle with questions such as: Why are we here and what is our destiny? What causes illness? What happens when we die, and what should happen to the body of the deceased? How does our religion help us handle the grieving process? And how does our religion help us make decisions about medical treatment options? Like all books in this series, it is intended for interfaith education in both parish and classroom. This title includes quick guides to various religions, glossary, recommended reading list.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781596270596
    Publication Date: 
    2007-10-01
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    Lost Daughters: Recovered Memory Therapy and the People It Hurts

    Lost Daughters: Recovered Memory Therapy and the People It Hurts
    $18.00
    This is a print on demand book and is therefore non- returnable.

    The practice of recovered memory therapy (RMT) and the resulting accusations of childhood sexual abuse have polarized the psychotherapy community and crowded the courts. Television dramas, talk shows, and newsmagazine programs have brought the more sensational elements of this social phenomenon into everyone's living room. Meanwhile, false accusations of abuse have devastated the lives of many people -- from modest elderly couples to the late spiritual leader of Midwest Catholics, Joseph Cardinal Barnardin.

    Reinder Van Til's Lost Daughters movingly depicts the human toll exacted by the widespread belief in RMT. First-person stories, the first of which is Van Til's own personal narrative, portray families devastated by daughters' RMT-inspired memories of childhood sexual abuse and their subsequent accusations of fathers and mothers. In chapters that alternate with these narratives, Van Til critically examines the influences in our culture that have allowed this phenomenon to flourish and that continue to fuel the debate.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780802842725
    Publication Date: 
    1997-08-11
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    Love Big, Be Well: Letters to a Small-Town Church

    Love Big, Be Well: Letters to a Small-Town Church
    $17.00
    Jonas McAnn is a weary pastor without a congregation, trapped in a dead-end insurance job. Granby Presbyterian is a weary congregation without a pastor, overwhelmed by the prospect of finding someone who actually wants to be a pastor--not a manager, coach, or CEO.

    When Granby's pastoral search committee and Jonas connect through handwritten letters passed back and forth, something sparks between them--something so real and refreshing that even after Jonas and his family move to Granby, he continues the regular practice of writing letters to his congregation.

    Spanning seven years of his ministry at Granby Presbyterian, Jonas's letters ruminate on everything from fly-fishing to the Nicene Creed. They reveal the earthy spirituality woven into the joys and sorrows of the people of Granby, the community of the church, and Jonas's own unfolding story.

    Readers will discover what it means for a pastor and a church to do the slow work of ministry in community--anchored by a common place and buoyed by a life of faith that is meaningful, rooted, and true.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780802874139
    Publication Date: 
    2017-10-27
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    Love Is an Inside Job: Getting Vulnerable with God

    Love Is an Inside Job: Getting Vulnerable with God
    $15.00
    Faith in God plus therapy are the combination that leads to wholeness. Tune's story of his faith/therapy path to authenticity with God will empower you for your own life journey.

    Tune is the son of a drug-addicted single parent mother, who herself, inherited deeply ingrained obstacles to self-love. He found his way out of poverty via the military. He graduated from Howard University and Duke School of Divinity. He was a minister, a sought-after speaker, and social entrepreneur. Outwardly, he was successful, an overcomer. Yet, his past, hidden childhood trauma would sometimes revolt, causing self-sabotage that threatened to destroy the life he was creating. He worked hard to keep the emotional brokenness caused by the challenges of his upbringing carefully hidden -- especially from the church. His mother, with whom he successfully reconciled after she was finally free from addiction, died of lung cancer. Then he divorced -- a second time. Feeling like a failure, questioning his faith and will to live, he made a choice not to give up but to examine his life and seek counseling. Dubbed "Brother Brown" (a Black man's Brene Brown), his book shares his process of applying therapy and faith to anger, shame, self-doubt and plaguing memories. Romal learned that the pursuit of success was not the key to healing the inner turmoil but it was in learning to accept the love of God and learning to love the wounded child within. His past pain was redeemed as self-worth and he finally found inner peace. No longer carrying the weight of secrets, guilt and shame, he emerged emotionally free and more powerful than ever. His book will empower others to stop living a past driven present by healing their stories, embracing the love of God, and learning to truly love themselves.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781478992608
    Publication Date: 
    2018-04-03
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    Lying: Moral Choice in Public and Private Life

    Lying: Moral Choice in Public and Private Life
    $14.00
    Is it ever all right to lie? A philosopher looks at lying and deception in public and private life--in government, medicine, law, academia, journalism, in the family and between friends.

    Lying is a penetrating and thoughtful examination of one of the most pervasive yet little discussed aspects of our public and private lives. Beginning with the moral questions raised about lying since antiquity, Sissela Bok takes up the justifications offered for all kinds of lies--white lies, lies to the sick and dying, lies of parents to children, lies to enemies, lies to protect clients and peers. The consequences of such lies are then explored through a number of concrete situations in which people are involved, either as liars or as the victims of a lie.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780375705281
    Publication Date: 
    1999-09-14
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    Madness: American Protestant Responses to Mental Illness

    Madness: American Protestant Responses to Mental Illness
    $40.00

    Madness is a sin. Those with emotional disabilities are shunned. Mental illness is not the church's problem.

    All three claims are wrong.

    In Madness, Heather H. Vacek traces the history of Protestant reactions to mental illness in America. She reveals how two distinct forces combined to thwart Christian care for the whole person. The professionalization of medicine worked to restrict the sphere of Christian authority to the private and spiritual realms, consigning healing and care--both physical and mental--to secular, medical specialists. Equally influential, a theological legacy that linked illness with sin deepened the social stigma surrounding people with a mental illness. The Protestant church, reluctant to engage sufferers lest it, too, be tainted by association, willingly abdicated care for people with a mental illness to secular professionals.

    While inattention formed the general rule, five historical exceptions to the pattern of benign neglect exemplify Protestant efforts to claim a distinctly Christian response. A close examination of the lives and work of colonial clergyman Cotton Mather, Revolutionary era physician Benjamin Rush, nineteenth-century activist Dorothea Dix, pastor and patient Anton Boisen, and psychiatrist Karl Menninger maps both the range and the progression of attentive Protestant care. Vacek chronicles Protestant attempts to make theological sense of sickness (Mather), to craft care as Christian vocation (Rush), to advocate for the helpless (Dix), to reclaim religious authority (Boisen), and to plead for people with a mental illness (Menninger).

    Vacek's historical narrative forms the basis for her theological reflection about contemporary Christian care of people with a mental illness and Christian understanding of mental illness. By demonstrating the gravity of what appeared--and failed to appear--on clerical and congregational agendas, Vacek explores how Christians should navigate the ever-shifting lines of cultural authority as they care for those who suffer.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781481300575
    Publication Date: 
    2015-08-01
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    Making Sense of Motherhood: Biblical and Theological Perspectives

    Making Sense of Motherhood: Biblical and Theological Perspectives
    $31.00
    Motherhood provides a crucial place for exploring human life and its meaning. Within motherhood lies a deep tension between the pain, crisis, and association with death in motherhood and the joy, transformation, and life in motherhood. Few metaphors in Scripture (or in life) stand so firmly between life and death, love and loss, and joy and deep pain. After all, motherhood's meaning in part comes again and again at these crucial crossroads. Thus, motherhood has powerful implications for our biblical and theological understanding. Bringing together Jewish and ecumenical Christian scholars from North America, Oceania, and South America, this edited volume provides biblical and theological perspectives on understanding motherhood. The authors reflect upon a selection of biblical texts, systematic theologians, and Christian spiritual traditions to dialogue with the experience of maternity in its diverse manifestations. The purpose of the book is to provide essays that--through these biblical and theological lenses--engage the question of motherhood today, from the experience of pregnancy and birth, to raising children, to losing children and coping with grief. In this way, this volume helps to ""make sense"" of the complexity of motherhood. ""Making Sense of Motherhood embraces complex concepts that are central for the Bible and theology. These women scholars are uniquely qualified by who they are and by their social location to make sense of motherhood in its biblical, theological, and practical dimensions in a way that is both academic and personal. They demonstrate that motherhood provides rich resources for biblical studies, and the disciplines of theology."" --Cynthia Long Westfall, Assistant Professor of New Testament, McMaster Divinity College Beth M. Stovell is Assistant Professor of Old Testament at Ambrose Seminary of Ambrose University in Calgary, Alberta. She has authored Mapping Metaphorical Discourse in the Fourth Gospel: John's Eternal King (Brill, 2012) and co-edited with Stanley E. Porter Biblical Hermeneutics: Five Views (IVP, 2012). She is writing a commentary on the Minor Prophets for the Story of God Bible Commentary series (Zondervan) and co-writing with Stanley E. Porter a book on interpreting biblical language (IVP).
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781625646750
    Publication Date: 
    2016-02-02
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    Many Voices: Pastoral Psychotherapy in Relational and Theological Perspective

    Many Voices: Pastoral Psychotherapy in Relational and Theological Perspective
    $35.00
    'Many Voices' is a full scale disciplinary framework for pastoral psychotherapists/pastoral counselors at intermediate and advanced levels of clinical training and also for experienced pastoral counselors and psychotherapists in professional practice.
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780800639570
    Publication Date: 
    2006-11-01
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    Markings on the Windowsill: A Book About Grief That's Really About Hope

    Markings on the Windowsill: A Book About Grief That's Really About Hope
    $8.00
    "Grief permeates most of the waking moments of those who are mourning. This book is a Christian message about the hope and fulfillment that can be known at the far side of that journey."

    --Ronald J. Greer
    Ron Greer and his wife lost their two-year-old son Eric in a tragic automobile accident many years ago. In this brief, moving book, the author draws on his experiences as a father and as a pastoral counselor to offer hope, help, and healing to people who are grieving.

    "Ron Greer has helped my wife and me grapple with many tough issues over the years. But all of them pale by comparison to his own personal tragedy. The loss of a child is the most devastating, life-changing event a parent would shudder to even envision. But as I have learned through the years, Ron has an uncanny ability to dig deep into our dark, unexplored emotional mines--turn on some lights--and then find those precious veins of hope.
    There are no good answers to why bad things happen to good people. But there are good people who are able to use bad things as a lever to learn something profound about themselves and--in rare cases--to help others find the same emotional tools. Ron Greer has that tremendous gift. Thank God he is willing to share it with us."

    --Miles O'Brien,
    CNN anchor

    "For many years Ron Greer has skillfully counseled folks whose turn it was to 'walk through the valley of the shadow of death.' Then it was Ron's turn. By faith, transforming a terrible tragedy into a time of deepening faith, Ron shows the rest of us the way, when it's our time to walk through the desert of grief. All of us are either preparing for grief, or dealing with past grief, and we need all the help we can get. Ron can show you how to do grief with faith, hope--and love too."

    --William H. Willimon,
    author and United Methodist bishop

    "Ron Greer touches our hearts and gives us some great insights into healing and hope with this book. Ron writes from the depths of his own grief and his journey to healing as he and his wife dealt with the death of their two-year-old son. I have known Ron for thirty-five years, and he is made of the 'real stuff.' He enables the reader to deal with 'real stuff' with his book. The reader will be amazed at the hope the book produces on each page."

    --Don Harp,
    senior minister, Peachtree Road United Methodist Church

    "Markings on the Windowsill is sacred ground. When a person of Ron Greer's depth and compassion bares his soul, and that of his amazing wife, Karen, one treads with reverence and rapt attention.
    Be careful with this book... When you pick it up, go to a very quiet place, and plan to be there awhile.
    God will speak to you. Your life will be changed. I promise."

    --Bill Curry,
    ESPN sports analyst and speaker
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780687333639
    Publication Date: 
    2006-09-01
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    Mediation Process: Practical Strategies for Resolving Conflict (4th ed.)

    Mediation Process: Practical Strategies for Resolving Conflict (4th ed.)
    $76.00
    The Fourth Edition of a seminal work in the field of mediation and conflict resolution

    For almost thirty years, conflict resolution practitioners, faculty, and students have depended on The Mediation Process as the all-inclusive guide to the discipline. The most comprehensive book written on mediation, this text is perfect for new and experienced conflict managers working in any area of dispute resolution--family, community, employment, business, environmental, public policy multicultural, or international. This is the expert's guide, and the Fourth Edition has been expanded and revised to keep pace with developments in the field. It includes new resources that will promote excellence in mediation and help disputants reach durable agreements and enhance their working relationships.

  • Includes expanded information on the latest approaches for providing mediation assistance
  • Features comprehensive guidelines for selecting the right strategy for both common and unique problems
  • Utilizes updated, contemporary case studies of all types of disputes
  • Offers expanded coverage of the growing field and practice of intercultural and international mediation
  • ISBN/SKU: 
    9781118304303
    Publication Date: 
    2014-04-21
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    Meet Me at the Palaver: Narrative Pastoral Counseling in Postcolonial Contexts

    Meet Me at the Palaver: Narrative Pastoral Counseling in Postcolonial Contexts
    $20.00
    Description: Meet Me at the Palaver makes the case for a particular approach to pastoral counseling as a response to the destructive impact of colonial Christianity on indigenous African communities. The book opens with stories of destructive change brought to indigenous contexts (such as Zimbabwe, Africa), wherein the culture, values, religion, and humanity of African peoples were often marginalized. Mucherera demonstrates that therapy or counseling as taught in the West will not always suffice in such contexts, since these approaches tend to promote and focus on individuality, autonomy, and independence. Counselors in indigenous contexts need to ""get off their couch or chair"" and into the neighborhoods--into those places made vulnerable to disease and poverty by the collapse of ""the palaver"" and other traditional institutions of social stability. Since storytelling was at the heart of the practices of the palaver and continues to be a way of life in African cultures, Mucherera argues for a holistic narrative pastoral counseling approach to assess and service the three basic areas of human needs in indigenous African communities: body, mind, and spirit. Endorsements: ""Mucherera tactfully captures the lost art of storytelling as a mode of communication for therapy and moral values. Though commonly used by indigenous Africans to transmit oral traditions, the narrative approach is a unique tool that creates safe distance for the care receiver and offers ample opportunity to the caregiver to non-judgmentally form an uplifting and therapeutic relationship. This book is a must read for all pastoral caregivers, pastors, counselors, and ministry students, since the narrative approach is an effective communication tool in today's cross cultural world."" Anne Kiome Gatobu, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care, Asbury Theological Seminary ""The impact of Western colonialism's attempt to extinguish indigenous peoples' stories, communities, value systems, and culture--recruiting them into negative identities through colonial strategies--has crippled, for example, African people's ability to face many contemporary problems such as poverty and the HIV/AIDS pandemic. This book presents a hopeful strategy of recovering stories, cultural traditions, and values that have been subjugated in the past as effective means for dealing with contemporary life in indigenous contexts such as Zimbabwe. This narrative pastoral counseling approach is based on traditional African wisdom as well as the knowledge growing out of the author's pastoral counseling experience in Africa and the United States. The author challenges dangerous traditional practices in the age of HIV/AIDS, and the need for justice for the poor. A must read for those interested in working with indigenous peoples."" Edward P. Wimberly, Academic Dean & the Jarena Lee Professor of Pastoral Care at I. T. C. in Atlanta. About the Contributor(s): Tapiwa N. Mucherera is Professor of Pastoral Counseling at Asbury Theological Seminary and Assistant Provost, Florida campus. He is the author of Pastoral Care from a Third World Perspective. An ordained United Methodist pastor, he has served churches in Zimbabwe, Iowa, and Denver.
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781556359712
    Publication Date: 
    2009-01-01
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    203.432.6101