Counseling and Christianity: Five Approaches

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Overview

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?"

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830839780
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 7/24/2012
  • Pages: 258
  • Sales rank: 653,289
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen P. Greggo (Psy.D., State University of New York, Albany) is professor of counseling, training clergy and mental health counselors at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He is author of Trekking Toward Wholeness, is a licensed psychologist and maintains a long-standing association as partner and consultant with Christian Counseling Associates in Delmar, New York.

Timothy A. Sisemore (Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary)
is Director of Research and Professor of Psychology and
Counseling at Richmont Graduate University in
Chattanooga, TN, and maintains a clinical practice at
Richmont's CBI Counseling Center. He is author of several books, the most recent being The Clinician's Guide to Exposure Therapies for Anxiety Spectrum Disorders (New Harbinger).

Eric L. Johnson (Ph.D., Michigan State University) is trained as an academic psychologist and is Lawrence and Charlotte Hoover Professor of Pastoral Care at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in
Louisville, Kentucky. He is coeditor of God Under Fire and the author of Foundations for Soul Care. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Psychology and Theology, the Journal of Psychology and Christianity, and the Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care, and he is the director of the Society for Christian Psychology.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Eric L. Johnson
1. Setting the Stage for the Five Approaches
2. Moving Models into Practice
3. A Levels of Explanation Approach, Thomas G. Plante
4. An Integration Approach, Mark R. McMinn
5. A Christian Psychology Approach, Diane Langberg
6. A Transformational Approach, Gary W. Moon
7. A Biblical Counseling Approach, Stuart W. Scott
8. Distinctives and Dialogue
9. Conceptualization and Contextualization
10. Case Scenarios for Further Exploration
Author and Subject Index
Scripture Index
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