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Booksigning event to celebrate new point of reference on pastoral counseling

by Louisville Seminary | Sep 30, 2010
Dr. Townsend's Booksigning has been rescheduled for Thursday, October 7, at 12:30 p.m. in the Winn Center.

Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary will host an autograph party for Dr. Loren Townsend to celebrate his new book, Introduction to Pastoral Counseling, which provides a fresh look at how pastoral counseling and pastoral counselors have changed over the past twenty years.

Dr. Townsend will sign his book October 5, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Winn Center at Louisville Seminary (1044 Alta Vista Road, 40205). Remarks about the publication will be shared by faculty colleagues, and the book is available for purchase in the Seminary bookstore. The public is invited to attend free of charge.

Released in 2009 by Abingdon Press, Introduction to Pastoral Counseling readdresses basic understandings of pastoral counseling within a context of increasing cultural and theological diversity. Townsend observes, “There is a historic shift away from pastoral counseling defined as a function of seminary-trained clergy specialists and toward models that require interdisciplinary collaboration, state licenses, and a new vision for what it means to be ‘pastoral.’” Grounded in empirical research and richly illustrated with case studies, Townsend’s introduction continues the theoretical, practical, and theological expansion of pastoral counseling while making the case that a richly textured and diverse understanding of pastoral identity can offer an organizing vision for the field’s future.

Townsend’s book is the culmination of more than ten years of research, including personal interviews with pastoral counselors across the United States, which has been considered one of the richest samplings of data ever gathered from pastoral counselors and about pastoral counseling. Considered a new point of reference for the field, Townsend said he hopes the book will bring “a clear public—and theological—voice and definition of pastoral counseling for the future and simultaneously illustrate how pastoral counseling relates to the work of the church.”

A member of the Louisville Seminary faculty since 1996, Townsend is the Henry Morris Edmonds Professor of Pastoral Ministry and Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling. He is an ordained minister in the American Baptist Church (USA), a Diplomate in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC), an approved supervisor by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), and a licensed marriage and family therapist.

In addition to numerous published articles on religion and psychotherapy, supervision, and integrational method, he is the author of Pastoral Care in Suicide (Abingdon Press, 2006), and his book, Pastoral Care with Stepfamilies: Mapping the Wilderness (Chalice Press, 2000), is one of the first of its kind to address the myriad issues of ministering to stepfamilies and propose a pastoral theology inclusive of stepfamilies.

For a related address on the changing face of pastoral care and counseling, download Dr. Townsend’s “What’s pastoral about pastoral counseling?” which he presented at Louisville Seminary’s Opening Convocation, Spring 2009. What's Pastoral About Pastoral Counseling? | Address

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