Summary The journal article reflected on different ideas that arise in counseling, such as combining the Bible in therapy. For the most part, scripture based therapy serves as another avenue for clients to heal and find healthy coping mechanisms that will help them in their daily lives. However, this practice is only effective if there is confirmation that the client is comfortable incorporating scripture as a form of therapy intervention. Some but not all counselors believe that including scripture or religion for that matter should not be permitted; it could lead to problems in the therapist-client relationships if any disagreements may arise. Counselors do not have knowledge about every religion or spiritual practice; although it is recommended that they take the time to learn not only about different religions or beliefs but also about other cultures.
Explicit integration is specifically using prayer and biblical teachings in counseling sessions. Counselors who are not trained or have experience in practices used in explicit integration exercise implicit integration which does not apply these variables in therapies but rather use theological resources to provide moral value in counseling (2004, pg. 71). By comparing and contrasting 26 corre... ... middle of paper ... ... By having them journal their prayers to God daily and encouraging them to read these entries frequently to refresh the memories of those prayers and seek for those that are answered allows for each client to find their way to a spiritual understanding that is not necessarily demonstrated by my impact, but that of God Himself. I am available to answer questions that pertain to the bible, but allow clients to interpret the teaching to their lives and recovery.
They taught me to say a blessing before every meal, and they laugh when I still occasionally break into our traditional “God is great, God is good . . .” version of grace I learned as a child. My parents were also the ones who taught me to ask for God’s help when I am in need of something or worried about an issue as well as to give God praise for all of the blessings in my life. My grandparents also helped further my Christian education.
In counseling integration of Christianity into the therapeutic process has long been researched and developed. In order to get a good grasp as to what things or ideas would be a part of that process the individual must look into themselves as a therapist and decide how or what that integration process would look like for them. The difficulty in meshing Christianity and Psychology is that there will always be a degree of fealty to one side or another. According to Emmons, many studies have demonstrated that spirituality and religion are closely associated with psychological well-being but, there are also levels of spiritual maturity and an individual 's ability to forgive others to contend with. Throughout the course of this paper I will be discussing the integration process as I understand it and how it would relate to my own relationship to faith.
Working Outline I. Introduction A comprehensive Christian theory of counseling integrates the disciplines of theology, psychology, and Scripture. In providing a holistic approach in to counseling individuals, it is prudent to survey one’s mind, body, soul, temporal systems, and super natural systems, in which all influence the person. A more complete plan of care may be offered when the contributions from both psychology and theology are offered. “The best interdisciplinary integration work usually comes from those who have formal or informal preparation in both psychology and theology” (McMinn, 2011, p. 9).
Dawn cites several other works at great length, but she... ... middle of paper ... ...agreed with, some that frustrated, and some that embarrassed me when my personal preferences defied logic or biblical mandate. I would recommend this reading to any who impact church worship (employee or volunteer). Not as a firm guide, but as thought-provoking advice on how corporate worship can impact an ever-changing culture. I think any worship leader would be impacted by Dawn’s questions: • Is God the subject of your corporate worship? • Does your worship build the Christian character of the individual and invite them into the community of Christianity?
Because of this rally and the message it sent, I realized and wanted to give my life to Jesus through baptism. It was awesome, I got home as a young teenager and actually talked to my mom about what it really means to be a Christian and to pick up your cross and follow him. So that very next weekend, my dad baptized me in front of the whole church on Sunday morning. It was an awesome feeling knowing that because of Jesus’ grace and mercy, I will be with him one day and spend eternity with him. Although I was on top of the world at this point, I still didn’t know fully what I had gotten into.
A 4-MAT Review System: Psychology, Theology and Spirituality in Christian Counseling Jessica Esqueda Liberty University A 4-MAT Review System: Psychology, Theology and Spirituality in Christian Counseling Summary Mark McMinn published a revised edition of Psychology, Theology, and Spirituality in Christian Counseling in 2011, to serve as an exploration of the integration of psychology and theology. The book explores the necessity and importance of integrating Christian theology into the life of the client. McMinn (2011) states that integrating Christianity into all aspects of a client’s life will help the client move closer to God, strengthen relationships, develop a stronger sense of self, understand their personal limitations, and realize
Each Christian counselor must carefully research and develop a counseling model which best aligns with their education level and spiritual beliefs. The following will be a summary of the models of counseling developed by Dr. Crabb and Dr. Hawkins, addressing the strengths and weaknesses of each model. Through this theory critique a Christian counselor should be able to identify and develop a strong foundation for their counseling theory and better serve their clients while maintaining a strong spiritual foundation. For centuries Christian counseling and secular psychology has been viewed as models which should be maintained separately due to the fundamental concepts which each is based on. Christian counseling traditionally focuses on guidance and truth from the Scripture, being the only truth (Crabb, 1977).
Considering psychology is such a vast field, a Christian counselor will have to research many varieties of these psychological theories. The purpose of this essay is to examine and decide which psychological theory for counseling coincides with or opposes a Christian worldview. The two theories that will be discussed and examined on how it relates to a Christian worldview are Psychoanalytic Theory and Adlerian Theory. Both of these theories’ founders have different views of human nature and I will not only give my opinion on them, but I will also discuss how they coincide or oppose a Christian worldview. In this essay I have decided that Sigmund Freud’s theory, Psychoanalytic Theory, is the least congruent with a Christian worldview.