Journal of Pastoral Counseling
The journal continues to reach for interdisciplinary connections and interpretations when attempting to understand human behavior and thought.Read more »
"The Iona Journal of Pastoral Counseling aims at providing a forum
for the exchange of broad ideas and information on Pastoral Counseling.
It publishes articles written from the various perspectives of psychoanalysis,
psychiatry, psychology, social work, counseling and guidance, clinical
sociology, cultural anthropology, pastoral ministry, theology, etc... It
strives at promoting better understanding of man as a total Gestalt, that
is as an existential being, whose nature simultaneously includes and consistently
transcends biologic, psychologic, psychodynamic and sociocultural dimensions
and whose understanding can best be approached through a holistic, multifaceted,
interdisciplinary posture. The Journal has been conceived and operates
within the frame of reference of Pastoral Counseling. The rationale for
his is our belief that the Pastoral Counselor often has the unique opportunity
to approach man from a truly holistic perspective, for in the trained Counselor
one often finds that harmonious integration of psychological, sociologic,
spiritual the theological concepts which may be instrumental in achieving
the holistic posture."
(Journal of Pastoral Counseling vol.1, no.1 1966)
We have somewhat modified our aims in publishing this journal to now include Family Counseling. Currently, the narrative movement within therapy has caught our attention. A narrative context seems to best fit our desire to continually broaden and deepen context when either theorizing or working with clients. The journal continues to reach for interdisciplinary connections and interpretations when attempting to understand human behavior and thought. The word "pastoral" besides its pragmatic definition, seems to imply a spiritual resiliency sought in our striving for understanding.