Transformative Encounters: The Intervention of God in Christian Counseling and Pastoral Care

Transformative Encounters: The Intervention of God in Christian Counseling and Pastoral Care

by David W. Appleby
     
 

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What would it mean for Christian counseling and pastoral care to take seriously the idea that God intervenes in the world? What would it look like for therapists and pastors to see themselves as opening the door to a miraculous divine encounter? How would counseling change if the intervention of God was not merely a theoretical idea but a lived experience?

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Overview

What would it mean for Christian counseling and pastoral care to take seriously the idea that God intervenes in the world? What would it look like for therapists and pastors to see themselves as opening the door to a miraculous divine encounter? How would counseling change if the intervention of God was not merely a theoretical idea but a lived experience?

Building on Gary Collins's classic work, The Rebuilding of Psychology, the essays in this volume explore what a God-centered model of Christian counseling or pastoral care would look like. The contributors share the conviction that God is able to bring about lasting psycho-spiritual change here and now.

Some of the topics discussed in the book include:
Inner healingPrayer ministryDeliveranceChristian holismContemplative prayerCognitive-behavioral therapyEmotion-focused therapyGroup therapyForgivenessVisualization and EMDRAddictionLife coaching

This book seeks to encourage and aid counselors, pastors, church staff, clinical practitioners, academics and students in developing this kind of God-encountering, Christ-centered ministry of miraculous change.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780830828227
Publisher:
InterVarsity Press
Publication date:
07/12/2013
Pages:
388
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)

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Meet the Author

David W. Appleby (Ph.D., University of Delaware; Ph.D., University of Northern Colorado) is a minister, counselor and trainer working in the overlapping fields of family counseling, psychology and deliverance ministry. He is the founder and president of Spiritual Interventions, Inc., a non-profit organization that promotes spiritual interventions in Christian counseling practice. He also teaches courses in psychology and professional and pastoral counseling at the Center for Counseling and Family Studies at Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia.

The author of It's Only a Demon: A Model for Christian Deliverance (2009), Appleby has spoken and conducted training sessions on deliverance in therapeutic practice at numerous churches and institutions across the country.

George Ohlschlager (J.D., M.S.W., University of Iowa) is a psychotherapist, ethicist and writer. He is a certified Christian counselor with the International Board of Christian Counselors and a certified professional Christian counselor and Christian mediator with the American Association of Christian Counselors. Among Ohlschlager's many books and publications are Caring for People God's Way (coeditor with Timothy Clinton and Archibald D. Hart, 2009) and Competent Christian Counseling, Volume One: Foundations and Practice of Compassionate Soul Care (coauthor with Timothy Clinton, 2002).

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