Evidence-Based Practices For Christian Counseling and Psychotherapy
Are Christian treatments as effective as secular treatments? What is the evidence to support its success? Christians engaged in the fields of psychology, psychotherapy and counseling are living in a unique moment. Over the last couple decades, these fields have...
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Are Christian treatments as effective as secular treatments? What is the evidence to support its success? Christians engaged in the fields of psychology, psychotherapy and counseling are living in a unique moment. Over the last couple decades, these fields have grown more and more open to religious belief and religion-accommodative therapies. At the same time, Christian counselors and psychotherapists encounter pressure (for example, from insurance companies) to demonstrate that their accommodative therapies are as beneficial as secular therapies. This raises the need for evidence to support Christian practices and treatments. The essays gathered in this volume explore evidence-based Christian treatments, practices, factors and principles. The authors mine the relevant research and literature to update practicing psychotherapists, clinical researchers, students, teachers and educated laypersons about the efficacy of certain Christian-accommodative therapies. Topics covered in the book include:
psychodynamic and process-experiential therapies
couples, marriage and family therapy
The book concludes with a review of the evidence for the various treatments discussed in the chapters, a guide for conducting clinical trials that is essential reading for current or aspiring researchers, and reflections by the editors about the future of evidence-based Christian practices. As the editors say, "more research is necessary." To that end, this volume is a major contribution to a field of inquiry that, while still in its infancy, promises to have enormous implications for future work in Christian counseling and psychotherapy.
Everett L. Worthington Jr. (Ph.D., University of Missouri) is professor of psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University. A licensed clinical psychologist, he works with VCU's counseling program and with VCU's social psychology and developmental psychology programs. He is the director of VCU's Marital Assessment, Therapy and Enrichment Center (MATE) and served as executive director of A Campaign for Forgiveness Research.
He has published more than 200 articles and papers on forgiveness, marriage and family, psychotherapy and virtue in a wide variety of journals and magazines. He was the founding editor of Marriage and Family: A Christian Journal and sits on the editorial boards of several professional journals. He has appeared on Good Morning America, CNN, The 700 Club and in many national newspapers.
He is the author of more than twenty books including Handbook of Forgiveness; Hope-Focused Marriage Counselling; and Forgiving and Reconciling. Most recently he has produced A Just Forgiveness: Responsible Healing Without Excusing Injustice.
- 1. Introduction To Evidence-based Practices In Christian Counseling And Psychotherapy
- Everett L. Worthington Jr., Eric L. Johnson, Joshua N. Hook And Jamie D. Aten
- <strong>part 1: Evidence-based General Psychotherapeutic Factors</strong>
- 2. Evidence-based Relationship And Therapist Factors In Christian Counseling And Psychotherapy
- R. Scott Stegman, Sarah L. Kelly And T. Mark Harwood
- 3. Lay Christian Counseling For General Psychological Problems
- Siang-yang Tan
- 4. Christian Devotional Meditation For Anxiety
- Fernando Garzon
- <strong>part 2: Evidence-based Approaches To Psychotherapeutic Treatment Of Individuals</strong>
- 5. Christian-accommodative Cognitive Therapy For Depression
- David J. Jennings Ii, Don E. Davis, Joshua N. Hook And Everett L. Worthington, Jr.
- 6. Christian-accommodative Trauma-focused Cognitive-behavioral Therapy For Children And Adolescents
- Donald F. Walker, Heather Lewis Quagliana, Morgan Wilkinson And Dana Frederick
- 7. Evidence-based Principles From Psychodynamic And Process-experiential Psychotherapies
- Keith J. Edwards And Edward B. Davis
- <strong>part 3: Evidence-based Psychotherapeutic Treatments For Couples And Groups</strong>
- 8. Preparing Couples For Marriage: The Symbis Model
- Les Parrott And Leslie Parrott
- 9. Christian Prep: The Prevention And Relationship Enhancement Program
- C. Gary Barnes And Scott M. Stanley
- 10. The Hope-focused Couples Approach To Counseling And Enrichment
- Jennifer S. Ripley And Vickey L. Maclin
- 11. The Marital Conflict And Restoration Model: Empirical Evidence For Pain-defense And Grace-trust Patterns In Couple Reconciliation
- James N. Sells
- 12. Marital Couples And Forgiveness Intervention
- Frederick A. Diblasio
- 13. Christian-accommodative Group Interventions To Promote Forgiveness For Transgressions
- Julia E. M. Kidwell And Nathaniel G. Wade
- <strong>part 4: Reflecting On Evidence-based Treatments</strong>
- 14. Promising Evidence-based Treatments
- Everett L. Worthington Jr., Joshua N. Hook, Eric Johnson And Jamie D. Aten
- 15. Conducting Clinical Outcome Studies In Christian Counseling And Psychotherapy
- Joshua N. Hook, Everett L. Worthington, Jr., Jamie D. Aten And Eric Johnson
- 16. Evidence-based Practice In Light Of The Christian Tradition(s): Reflections And Future Directions
- Eric L. Johnson, Everett L. Worthington Jr., Joshua N. Hook And Jamie D. Aten
- List Of Contributors
- Subject Index