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Training and Coaching of Pastoral Practitioners
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I. Until the 1960s, pastoral care was not thought of as something that could be taught and learned; it was not until the empirical turn in practical theology that it became the subject of systematic reflection and was communicable. The rediscovery of psychoanalysis by theology (J. Scharfenberg) and familiarity with American clinical pastoral education (CPE) led to the establishment of various forms of training and continuing education in pastoral care.

Pastoral care is a form of ongoing support and guidance within the context of the Christian faith;…

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Klessmann, Michael, “Training and Coaching of Pastoral Practitioners”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 November 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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