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Pastoral counselling: towards a diagnostic and interpretational approach in Africa

Vhumani Magezi
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 41, No 4 | a325 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v41i4.325 | © 2007 Vhumani Magezi | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 July 2007 | Published: 27 July 2007

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Vhumani Magezi, Practical Theology & Old Testament,Bible Institute of South Africa & George Whitefield College, Muizenberg, South Africa

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Abstract

Effective pastoral counselling is influenced by appropriate pas- toral diagnosis. A pastoral diagnosis or assessment in Africa should focus on socio-cultural systems thinking, which entails an understanding of the people’s worldview of distress embed- ded in stories. Thus, the process of assessment in Africa should concentrate, among other factors, on the constructive and de- structive role of the community and the strength of beliefs in supernatural causes of distress in order to focus the probing and interpretation of the conversation.

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Counselling And African Worldview; Pastoral Assessment And Interpretation In Africa; Pastoral Counselling And Community In Africa; Pastoral Diagnosis In Africa

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