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Distinctive Functions of Psychotherapy and Pastoral Counseling

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1960;3(6):583-589. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1960.01710060015003.
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It depends, perhaps, on which end of the telescope one chooses to look through whether one sees the borderline between psychiatric therapy and ministerial counseling as fuzzy or as clear and sharp. To me it seems clear and sharp, and I believe that we must define it ever more explicitly. We need to determine where cooperation ends and trespassing begins, lest we wind up in a morass of confusion.

In his Presidential address at our annual meeting in Chicago in 1956, Dr. R. Finley Gayle, Jr.1 made two statements. One was: ‟Properly qualified persons in both professions, working closely together can accomplish much." The other was: ‟ . . . some psychiatrists are as apprehensive about clergymen 'doing therapy' as some clergymen are about catching psychiatrists in the act of 'forgiving sins.' ‟ With refernce to the first statement, we have no problems. We have been cooperating with the clergy


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