A qualitative study of pastoral counselling of Catholic priests in one diocese in Northern Ireland

S O'Kane, Robert Millar

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    The present study seeks to examine the dynamics of Catholic priests' pastoral counselling by exploring two sessions with each of 11 Catholic priests. They were interviewed using the qualitative critical incident method. Analyses of interview transcripts were fed back to a group of four of the participants for verification, clarification and elaboration. The main findings indicated that single sessions were the usual option. A problem solving approach was evident, with the Catholic priests assuming the major responsibility for reaching rapid solutions. The lack of awareness of counselling skills, techniques, models of helping, and the need to establish boundaries and effect referral indicated an absence of any significant theoretical understanding of pastoral counselling. Formal supervision for Catholic priests was not evident, and many of them spoke of the pressure and isolation they felt.
    LanguageEnglish
    Pages189-206
    JournalBRITISH JOURNAL OF GUIDANCE & COUNSELLING
    Volume30
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - May 2002

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    Catholic Priests
    Qualitative Study
    Northern Ireland
    Diocese
    Pastoral Counseling
    Problem Solving
    Counseling
    Isolation
    Critical Incidents
    Elaboration
    Supervision
    Responsibility

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    A qualitative study of pastoral counselling of Catholic priests in one diocese in Northern Ireland. / O'Kane, S; Millar, Robert.

    In: BRITISH JOURNAL OF GUIDANCE & COUNSELLING, Vol. 30, No. 2, 05.2002, p. 189-206.

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