Carrie Doehring

Carrie Doehring

Carrie Doehring

Carrie Doehring is Professor of Pastoral Care at Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado. She directs a one year post-MDiv Masters of Arts in Pastoral and Spiritual Care for military chaplains.  She is ordained in the Presbyterian Church, USA with 17 years of congregational ministerial experience. She is the author of 34 chapters and articles and three books. As a licensed psychologist she explores how people draw upon religious faith and spirituality to cope with experiences like trauma and prejudice. She wrote the chapter “Religiously-Linked Discrimination, Prejudice, and Victimization” for the 2013 APA Handbook of Psychology, Religion, and Spirituality (Vol. II). Her book The Practice of Pastoral Care: A Postmodern Approach, Revised and Expanded (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2015) is used as a textbook in pastoral care and clinical pastoral education. She proposes a theory of change unique to pastoral and spiritual care whose goal is liberative spiritual integration. In part the process of change involves collaboratively identifying emotionally-charged lived theologies of suffering shaped by, for example, trauma-related moral injuries. Her work has been influenced by qualitative interviews with Vietnam veterans whose Buddhist practices foster self-compassion that dramatically changes the ways they cope with and understand suffering arising from war-time experiences.