The experiences and needs of pastoral counsellors and ministers regarding ethical dilemmas in performing their pastoral duties

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dc.contributor.advisor Muller, Julian C. en
dc.contributor.postgraduate Human, Heidi en
dc.date.accessioned 2013-09-07T08:20:35Z
dc.date.available 2008-08-14 en
dc.date.available 2013-09-07T08:20:35Z
dc.date.created 2008-04-18 en
dc.date.issued 2008-08-14 en
dc.date.submitted 2008-07-30 en
dc.description Dissertation (MA)--University of Pretoria, 2008. en
dc.description.abstract This thesis looks at the experiences and needs of pastoral counsellors and ministers regarding ethical dilemmas in performing their pastoral duties. Brief attention was paid to the nature of pastoral counselling and the challenges it faces in the South African context. The problem that arose is that pastoral counsellors have a difficult and ethically and psychologically dangerous task and are not necessarily adequately prepared for or supported in that task. As such it is a study conducted within the framework of practical theology. A social constructionist paradigm, supported by a narrative approach to research was chosen. Thus the research was of a descriptive, qualitative nature. The empirical research took on the form of unstructured interviews with pastoral counsellors and others who work in related circumstances. Eight themes were identified as playing a role in pastoral counsellors’ experiences of ethical dilemmas and ethical decision-making. They are: The role of God and faith in the life of the pastoral counsellor; pastoral identity; evangelisation, prayer and preaching; hermeneutics and the role of the Bible; training and the role of mentors; approach to ethics and ethical dilemmas. Professional ethics was also identified as a contributing factor in the literature review. It was shown that these themes cannot be separated from one another and all contribute toward pastoral counsellors’ way of thinking about and dealing with ethics. A further survey of philosophical issues – such as postmodernism, pluralism, relativism, social constructionism and the South African context – shed light on the challenges pastoral counsellors face in ethical dilemmas, as a result of the postmodern discourses that influence contemporary thinking about ethics in general and Christian ethics in specific. It also showed that thinkers within the church have proposed various useful responses to these challenges. This study has shown that the emerging profession of pastoral counselling is faced with great challenges in terms of ethics. Pastoral counselling in South Africa is unique, because of the unique nature of South African society. However, the goals and principles of pastoral counselling remain the same. The value of the Judeo-Christian community’s history and the legacy of hope that has been built by pastoral counsellors in the recent past cannot be underestimated. en
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dc.description.department Practical Theology en
dc.identifier.citation a 2008 en
dc.identifier.other E1016/gm en
dc.identifier.upetdurl http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-07302008-131111/ en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/26849
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher University of Pretoria en_ZA
dc.rights © University of Pretoria 2008 E1016/ en
dc.subject Pastorial care en
dc.subject Christian ethics en
dc.subject Ethics en
dc.subject Narrative approach en
dc.subject Social constructionism en
dc.subject Relativism en
dc.subject Professional ethics en
dc.subject Pastorial counselling en
dc.subject Pluralism en
dc.subject Postmodernism en
dc.subject UCTD en_US
dc.title The experiences and needs of pastoral counsellors and ministers regarding ethical dilemmas in performing their pastoral duties en
dc.type Dissertation en


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