Psychology, Theology And Spirituality In Christian Counseling Essay

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Mark R. McMinn’s (2011) Psychology, Theology, and Spirituality in Christian Counseling establish a way to bring Psychology, Theology, and Spirituality to Christian Counselors. He introduces a replica of how to integrate the three disciplines in the counseling office. McMinn (2011) contends that many challenges both professional and personal face Christian Counselors on the frontier of interdisciplinary integration. (Interdisciplinary integration, the new emerging frontier for Christian Counselors) therefore, he begins his book by listing the following challenges; (1). Moving from Two Areas of Competence to Three (2). Blurred Personal-Professional Distinctions (3).Expanded Definitions of Training (4). Confronting Dominant Views of Mental Health…show more content…
The concepts are; Prayer, Scripture, Sin, Confession, Forgiveness, and Redemption. The question of prayer has always been somewhat controversial in the counseling arena. One may ask” Should counselors pray with client before a session begin? Some will say yes, because prayer is crucial to every Christian practice, however, others will say no, feeling that counselors should stay away from including spirituality in counseling. (McMinn, 2011 p.77) McMinn states that there are seven different types of prayer Christian counselors can implement while counseling clients. McMinn (2011) concludes that praying silently or outside counseling sessions is not harmful to the client. The second concept McMinn addressed is Scripture use. Although the use of scripture is controversial among some persons, McMinn (2011) stresses the it is a powerful tool and it is our most important technique of perceiving who God is( p.…show more content…
My father and mother would always instruct me how to pray by reciting the Lord’s Prayer. Every morning we would go in my parents’ bedroom, get on our knees and begin to pray. This devotional time was spent every morning as soon as we got out of bed. In fact, if we were asleep we were awakening to begin our daily devotion. I remember, my father would begin the prayer and each of us had to lead a portion of the ongoing prayer. My parents always instilled in me that prayer was the key to anything that I wanted to accomplish in life. However, after I prayed, I needed to believe that the work was already accomplished. Growing up in my environment, I could not understand as a child why they would wake me out of the bed in order for to come and pray. Today, I can honestly say I appreciate my parents for showing me the value of prayer. I can relate to the topic of the use of prayer because of a situation which transpired in my life approximately fifteen years ago. I have experienced the miraculous power and the value of prayer. My father was the manager and lead singer of a gospel group. The group would rehearse every Tuesday night with the singers and the musicians which consisted of approx ten members. On this particular Tuesday night after rehearsal, he complained of a slight headache. He didn’t think much more about the headache because he thought he just needed some rest after a long day at
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