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Pastoral “Counseling”: Knowing Your Limits


Rev. David Songy, O.F.M.Cap., S.T.D., Psy.D., offers skills for healthy boundaries in pastoral care.


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Ministry leaders are often called to guide and counsel those they serve. However, offering appropriate advice from a pastoral perspective and not assuming a professional therapy role can be challenging. Rev. David Songy, O.F.M.Cap., S.T.D., Psy.D., offers strategies for setting clear expectations and healthy boundaries to provide compassionate, effective pastoral care for others.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Explore ethical implications of pastoral “counseling” in a ministry setting
  2. Identify skills for setting and maintaining healthy boundaries in pastoral relationships
  3. Learn strategies for making a referral for appropriate support

Reflection Questions

  1. Do my pastoral relationships ever tempt me to go beyond my expertise?
  2. Which skills would help me maintain better pastoral boundaries?
  3. How do I go about referring people who need help beyond my ability?