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As a professional discipline pastoral counseling has increasingly grown toward full maturity. The literature available in the field is vast. A great many books describe the various methods and techniques of pastoral counseling. It is not at all difficult for the student serious in cultivating personal attitudes conducive to the role of pastoral counseling to discover suggestions and directives in the literature. In addition, professional journals on pastoral counseling deal with a wide range of topics from the fields of psychiatry, psychology, and counseling. These journals also deal with the integration of psychotherapeutic theory and theological concepts, and they keep their readers informed about current trends in pastoral counseling.

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