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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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CHAPTER 10 - Socialisation, Culture and Organisations


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Socialisation, Culture and Organisations

The close connection between identity-formation, socialisation and culture has been analysed by Berger and Luckmann (1967). They define successful socialisation as when someone has achieved “a high degree of symmetry between objective and subjective reality” (op. cit., p. 163). If, as Berger and Luckmann maintain, culture and socialisation are inseparable, this would mean that the individual accepts most of the cultural norms of whatever society s/he happens to be in.

Kroger (2007) identifies five approaches to identity formation: historical, structural, sociocultural, narrative and psychosocial.

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