4-Mat Review of Integrative Approaches to Psychology and Christianity

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4-MAT Review of Psychology, Theology, and Spirituality in Christian Counseling By Mark McMinn Gary Howell # 919 429-2067 Liberty University March 29 2013 4-MAT Review of Psychology, Theology, and Spirituality in Christian Counseling Summary In Psychology, Theology, and Spirituality in Christian Counseling (McMinn, 1996), the author discusses both the spiritual lives of Christian counselors as well as what happens behind closed doors in counseling. One of the best descriptions of what Christian counseling should look like is explained by McMinn. McMinn (1996, pp. 5-6) in the first chapter: This book focuses on the integration of Christian theology, psychological and spirituality, teaching how to apply spiritual techniques that can be used in a therapeutic setting in order to help the client spiritual health, whereby the clients can be helped to grow both spiritually and emotionally. This book is centered on the truth of Christ and deliberately focuses the counselor maintaining their Christian belief as they implement their counseling methods. This demonstrates how the clinician can respect the client while using Christian values in therapies to help the client to understand their pain and make emotional changes in their thinking patterns. This book is an excellent resource for those planning a career in counseling. It focuses not only on the integration of Theology, Spirituality and Psychology into Christian counseling but also focuses on how life situations can foster brokenness and how brokenness can be beneficial to the client. This book also teaches how the counselor should apply his Christian faith in and out of therapy sessions. Each Chapter focuses on utilizing ones Christian faith in counseling and on how to handle the challenges that present themselves in a traditional counseling session. Each chapter address the foundational aspects of
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