Counseling and Christianity: Five Approaches
What does authentic Christian counseling look like in practice? This volume explores how five major perspectives on the interface of Christianity and psychology would each actually be applied in a clinical setting. Respected experts associated with each of the perspectives...
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What does authentic Christian counseling look like in practice? This volume explores how five major perspectives on the interface of Christianity and psychology would each actually be applied in a clinical setting. Respected experts associated with each of the perspectives depict how to assess, conceptualize, counsel and offer aftercare to Jake, a hypothetical client with a variety of complex issues. In each case the contributors seek to explain how theory can translate into real-life counseling scenarios. This book builds on the framework of Eric L. Johnson's Psychology & Christianity: Five Views. These include the Levels-of-Explanation Approach, the Integration Approach, the Christian Psychology Approach, the Transformational Approach and the Biblical Counseling Approach. While Counseling and Christianity can be used independently of Johnson's volume, the two can also function as useful companions. Christians who counsel, both those in practice and those still in training, will be served by this volume as it strengthens the connections between theory and practice in relating our faith to the mental health disciplines. They will finally get an answer to their persistent but unanswered question: "What would that counseling view look like behind closed doors?"
Stephen P. Greggo (Psy.D., State University of New York, Albany) is department chair and associate professor of pastoral counseling and psychology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He is a licensed psychologist and has a variety of both ministry and counseling experiences. He regularly does workshops and presentations with CAPS, AACC and ETS. He is the author of a number of academic and journal articles, and most recently the book Trekking Toward Wholeness: A Resource for Care Group Leaders.
Timothy A. Sisemore (Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary) is a clinical professor of counseling and psychology at Richmont Graduate University in Chattanooga, TN. He has been the director of CBI Counseling Center, which provides psychological services to children and families, since 1995. Sisemore also works with Salus Behavioral Health providing evaluation and psychotherapy to clients in nursing homes. He has years of experience at numerous psychological institutes and colleges and teaches a broad range of psychology courses.
- 1. Setting The Stage For The Five Approaches
- 2. Moving Models Into Practice
- 3. A Levels Of Explanation Approach By Thomas G. Plante
- 4. An Integration Approach By Mark Mcminn
- 5. A Christian Psychology Approach By Diane Langberg
- 6. A Transformational Approach By Gary Moon
- 7. A Biblical Counseling Approach By Stuart W. Scott
- 8. Distinctives And Dialogue
- 9. Conceptualization And Contextualization
- 10. Case Scenarios For Further Exploration
- Author Index
- Subject Index