Adams, Backus & Chapain Critique

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Theory Critique of Adams, Backus and Chapian Theory Critique of Adams, Backus and Chapian This paper addresses and compares the unique styles of Jay Adams in his book How to Help People Change (1986) and Telling Yourself the Truth by William Backus and Marie Chapian (2000). Both of these books approach change utilizing the Truth through the word of God in different ways. Summary of Theory Adams (1986) identifies a four step process that consists of teaching, conviction, correction and disciplined training in righteousness. He commands that counselors come together cohesively in identifying the goal of counseling as helping client’s change into a life of Christ-likeness (Adams, 1986). He stresses the importance of relationship involved in the process of change identified as relations between the power of God, the Bible, the counselor and the counselee (Adams, 1986). In his opinion, the counselor must act as a teacher by being involved, showing enthusiasm and utilizing relevant passages of Scripture (Adams, 1986). The counselor must also be prepared to convict the counselee on the authority of God by defining the sin and calling the counselee to repentance (Adams, 1986). Adams (1986) continues this change process by asking the counselor to assist the counselee in standing upright in the correction stage calling him to rethink his misguided belief, change his actions and thoughts, confess his sin and forsake the habit of sin. The final stage is founded in the authority of God that calls disciples to act according to the guidance and direction of Scripture through intimate knowledge and living of biblical principles (Adams, 1986). Backus and Chapian (2000) approach change in a similar fashion calling the counselors attention to the misbeliefs of the counselee. According to their philosophy, it is the misguided direction of thoughts that cause
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