Theology For Better Counseling
At one time, Virginia Todd Holeman "Toddy" thought being biblically literate was all she needed and had little interest in what real theologians talked about. But in her counseling she found that clients pressed her for more. They didn't just...
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At one time, Virginia Todd Holeman "Toddy" thought being biblically literate was all she needed and had little interest in what real theologians talked about. But in her counseling she found that clients pressed her for more. They didn't just want what she had gained through training in the best theories and practices available for counseling. They asked hard theological questions often related to their suffering. As she describes it, they experienced a kind of "theological disequilibrium . . . which left them discouraged, disoriented and often distraught." Holeman shows how deep and clear theological reflection can make a major difference in counseling practice. Not only can it shape who we are, it can also bring into greater alignment our theological commitments, our therapeutic practices and our professional ethics. All the while it can have the most practical effect on our counseling sessions. In this volume Holeman guides counseling students, pastoral counselors and licensed mental health professionals into becoming as well-formed theologically as they are trained clinically.
Virginia Todd Holeman (Ph.D., Kent State University) is professor of counseling at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. She previously taught at Ashland Theological Seminary and Kent State University, and worked at New Life Family Ministries in Akron, Ohio. Holeman is a licensed psychologist in Ohio and a licensed marriage and family therapist in Kentucky. As a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, she leads workshops and seminars around the country. She contributes to professional journals and speaks at churches, conferences and universities on the topics of forgiveness and family. She has published several books, including Reconciable Differences (InterVarsity Press) and her most recent book, Inside the Leaders Head (Abingon)
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- 1. Is All This Fuss About Theology Really Necessary?
- 2. A Meta-model Of Theologically-reflective Counseling
- 3. A Theologically-reflective Counseling Relationship: The Triune God And Therapeutic Common Factors
- 4. Challenging Clients To Responsibility: Personal Holiness And Theologically-reflective Counseling
- 5. Out Of The Office And Into The Streets: Social Holiness, Social Justice, And Theologically-reflective Counseling
- 6. Just Forgive? The Atonement And Theologically-reflective Counseling
- 7. Seeing "now" In Light Of The "not Yet": Eschatology And Theologically-reflective Counseling
- Post Script
- End Notes