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Here-and-now : linking practical theology with group psychotherapy

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dc.contributor.advisor Janson, Murray Watkins, Duff 2015-01-23T04:24:30Z 2015-01-23T04:24:30Z 1992-11
dc.identifier.citation Watkins, Duff (1992) Here-and-now : linking practical theology with group psychotherapy, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract Facilitating improvement, here-and-now, in a person's psycho-spiritual functioning is an aspect of both practical theology and group psychotherapy. This improvement can only occur through human intermediary, as both practical theology and group psychotherapy recognise. The premise of this thesis is that people reveal their religious and existential concerns (i.e., one's deepest feelings about God, life, and existence) through their here-and-now interpersonal interactions. These existential and religious concerns can be successfully addressed within psychotherapy groups by adopting a nonlinear, psychotherapeutic approach which focuses on here-and-now interpersonal interactions. This here-and-now style of psychotherapy provides the pastor/therapist with a practical-theologically sound method by which to relate to another person on the deepest level, and it provides the means by which the pastor/therapist can identify, describe, and analyse another person's existential/religious issues. The following propositions are put forth: * * * * * * * Existential concerns are inevitably religious in nature but not always articulated in religious terms. These existential/religious concerns are the subject of both group therapy and practical theology. Practical theology is characterised by a Janus-like, self-reflective loop of theory to praxis. This loop is also seen in the here-and-now style of group psychotherapy. Group psychotherapy and practical theology deal with religious ideation: group therapy by examining interpersonal interactions; practical theology by examining the person-to-God relationship. Psychotherapy groups can be a "coming of God with human action as intermediary." Group psychotherapy and practical theology address genuine human need through the four pastoral functions. Group psychotherapy and practical theology adhere to the scientific method of constructing hypotheses based on deductions stemming from heightened awareness. Group psychotherapy has a practical theological function when it serves as a means of transitin~ through the theological stages of God the void, to God the enemy, to God the companion. Group psychotherapy fulfils a practical theological function by transforming human ways, i.e., opening one up to the influence of other people and the Christian God who works through those people as intermediaries. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (212 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject.ddc 253.52
dc.subject.lcsh Pastoral psychology en
dc.subject.lcsh Pastoral counseling en
dc.subject.lcsh Psychotherapy -- Religious aspects -- Christianity en
dc.subject.lcsh Theology, Practical -- History -- 20th century en
dc.title Here-and-now : linking practical theology with group psychotherapy en
dc.type Thesis
dc.description.department Philosophy, Practical and Systematic Theology D. Th. (Practical Theology)

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