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Acta Theologica

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VAN DEN BERG, J.A; DE BEER, A  and  FOURIE, M. Some steps in a possible re-configuration of pastoral therapy? Perspectives on developing practices. Acta theol. [online]. 2014, vol.34, n.1, pp.197-213. ISSN 2309-9089.

In this article perspectives regarding the development and transformation of pastoral care from being only the responsibility of individual ordained professionals towards a model of care for and by the community and its members, are described. In this development the emphasis is placed on pastoral care as a public theological endeavour with a strong strategic component resonating with the character of practical theology. A specific case study derived from the postgraduate program in pastoral therapy in the Department of Practical Theology, Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, is portrayed. A lecturer and two former students reflect on certain developments in the program using a model of narrative research and reflection. In this description developing and possible alternative perspectives are sketched for possible future developments in the teaching and providing of pastoral therapy.

Keywords : Pastoral Therapy; Models of care; Postgraduate programs; Service learning; Re-configuration and development.

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