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Pastoral Psychology
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[German Version]

is “psychology in the service of the pastoral” (Stollberg, Was ist Pastoralpsychologie?, 169). This handy formula, closely related to practice, should not be understood only with reference to practical application. On the one hand, pastoral psychology as “psychology of the pastoral” contributes to critical analysis and reflection of all activities in this field; and on the other hand, it offers a plan of action (varying greatly in detail) for appropriate training and work. As a scholarly discipline,…

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Ziemer, Jürgen, “Pastoral Psychology”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 April 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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