Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Theology (MTh)

Department

Theology

Faculty/School

Seminary

First Advisor

Peter VanKatwyk

Advisor Role

Thesis Supervisor

Abstract

The role of identity for the pastoral counsellor is explored in its function in the development of professional identity. This thesis utilizes Object Relations Theory and Process Theology as conceptual foundations in articulating the unique process of the emerging professional identity of the pastoral counsellor. It is argued that, when grounded within selfobjects that embrace our theological training as pastors, we can as clinicians engage ourselves in the process of change. This thesis stresses that as pastoral counsellors acknowledge within themselves their important role as theologian in the room with clients, they join in the “aim of God” for change and wholeness for their clients and for themselves. This thesis includes a case study where the role of pastoral identity is crucial to the ongoing transformation of the client and the pastoral counsellor.

Convocation Year

1998

Convocation Season

Fall

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