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Creative Repair

Pastoral Care and Creativity

Creative Repair

Pastoral Care and Creativity

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Publisher: SCM Press
ISBN: 9780334061762
Number of Pages: 224
Published: 31/05/2023
Width: 13.5 cm
Height: 21.6 cm
The recent pandemic has highlighted an increasing need for support for those experiencing mental health challenges and those caring for them. There is an urgent need for clergy and others involved in pastoral care both to attend to their own well-being and to develop resilience. The role of pastors in accompanying those grieving, planning, and conducting funerals carries a toll of emotional and psychological resources which need to be replenished routinely. Showing how everything from singing in choirs or joining theatre or dance groups to painting or sculpting can help those in leadership to develop a flexible mindset and give relief to the pressures of responsible roles, Creative Repair is essential reading both for those who train others as pastors and those who are themselves in training and preparing to take on pastoral responsibility themselves.

Anne C. Holmes

Anne C. Holmes is a group analytic psychotherapist conducting reflective practice groups and offering supervision in a variety of settings. An Anglican priest and Franciscan Tertiary, she leads retreats and workshops with a focus on well-being, resilience and creative repair.

"Creative repair deserves to be in the vocabulary of every person in a helping profession. Anne Holmes skilfully distills insights from theology, therapy, and lived experience in offering creative repair to many others. This is a vitally important text in such challenging times." -- Alistair Ross "Creative Repair will be a lifeline and a source of strength and healing to clergy and their families and to all who support them. The pandemic and the lockdowns have deepened the needs in Church and Society for ways to mend and heal and overcome distress. This book provides deep wisdom for that task" -- Steven Croft "Particularly with regard to clergy, but relevant to all people, [this is] a book which advocates ways to healing and wholeness of life through creativity, and balance in giving and taking...With a reference to the 'ordered life' of monasticism with its balance of work, prayer and recreation, which frees us all to be more whole." -- Sister Paula "This beautifully and clearly written book will be a rich resource for all those engaged in spiritual and pastoral care. Its wisdom comes out of many years' experience of and reflection on human and theological realities, always with practical outworking in mind. The concept of 'creative repair' offers new avenues for practitioners that go beyond talking therapy to a holistic and embodied approach to the human person." -- Joanna Collicutt

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