Introduction - Peter Madsen Gubi. 1. Exploring Discernment - Lynette Harborne. 2. Using Prayer in Counselling and Spiritual Accompaniment - Peter Madsen Gubi. 3. Creative Methods in Spiritual Exploration: Inviting the Sublime into the Room - Phil Goss. 4. Contemplative Approaches to Training Spiritually Literate Counsellors - R. Jane Williams. 5. The Use of Reflexive Practice Groups in Spiritual Development - Peter Madsen Gubi. 6. Grieving for Myself: The Silence and Spirituality of Personal Loss - Ruth Bridges. 7. Spirituality and Sexual Abuse - Valda Swinton. 8. Trauma and Spiritual Growth - Nikki Kiyimba. 9. Counsellors and Religious Pastoral Carers in Dialogue - William West.
Exploring the relationship between spiritual accompaniment and counselling to provide better therapeutic and pastoral care
Peter Madsen Gubi, PhD, ThD, is Professor of Counselling and Spiritual Accompaniment at the University of Chester, UK. He is a BACP Registered Senior Accredited Counsellor, a BACP Senior Accredited Supervisor, an APSE Senior Accredited Pastoral Supervisor, and a Spiritual Director in Private Practice. He is a consecrated Presbyter in the Moravian Church, and author of 'Spiritual Accompaniment and Counselling: Journeying with psyche and soul', and 'Prayer in Counselling and Psychotherapy: Exploring a hidden meaningful dimension', also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
There is today a growing interest in the interface between
counselling, psychotherapy, and spiritual accompaniment. What is
the way forward if it becomes apparent that a client, knowing that
the counsellor is a person of faith, is hoping to receive some
spiritual input also?
In a collection of excellent essays some pertinent questions in this area are explored and analysed. A book to be read by all who are interested in the spiritual dimension of professional counselling.
Each contributor cites current practice and research, and the
self-contained chapters offer an invaluable resource to a wider
range of practitioners than those practicing the two disciplines
intentionally brought together.
I recommend [this book], not only to those engaged in practical theology, but also to those offering serious pastoral care, their supervisors, and those in lay and ordained ministerial training and their tutors.