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Relational Ministry

Integrating Ministry and Psychotherapy

Catherine Gibson

Historically, the relationship between religion and psychotherapy has been more negative than positive. Are there inherent contradictions between the two, or can advances in the area of mental health care offer insights that are useful for the work of those in ordained ministry? This book presents an analysis of the relationship between ordained ministry on the one hand and counselling and psychotherapeutic practice on the other. It draws on extensive interviews carried out with current and former clergy in three churches (the Roman Catholic Church, the Church of Ireland and the Presbyterian Church in Ireland) in order to clarify why some have stayed in ministry and combined it with psychotherapy, while others have left and continue their practice as psychotherapists. The book explores possible links between the sense of ministry in these two important areas of human experience – religion and psychotherapy – and goes on to investigate how combining these might lead to a different form of ministry.
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I found the daunting task of producing a book possible only because of the advice and support of many people, too numerous to name here for reasons of space. However the contributions of some must be acknowledged.

Very particular thanks go to the research participants, without whose generosity and trust the work could not have been done.

I am very grateful also to Professor Gerard Leavey, who supervised my research, and to Dr Bernadette Flanagan, Dr Eugene Curran CM and the academic and administrative staff of All Hallows College and Dublin City University.

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