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.
Summary and Practical Application of Larry Crabb’s method of effective Christian Counseling Ronald Ruben Liberty University November 1, 2014 Abstract This paper explores Larry Crabb’s methodology of Christian Counseling. It provides a brief summary on the techniques used and how this contributes to the discipline of counseling. In the book Effective Biblical Counseling Dr. Larry Crabb provides the framework for one to effectively handle biblical counseling and the methodology of establishing a counseling program in a local church. The author helps the reader understand the importance in establishing goals and finding a way to effectively achieve these goals using biblical and secular principles. Crabb also discusses the difference
Running head: 4-MAT BOOK REVIEW ONE 4-Mat Book Review One Crisis Counseling: A Guide for Pastors and Professionals Jasmine L. Roe Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary Abstract Floyd, Scott. (2008) Crisis counseling: A guide for Pastors and Professionals. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Kregel Publications. Crisis counseling: A guide for Pastors and Professionals, by Scott Floyd, is a phenomenal book that is designed to help Pastors and Professionals in ministry recognize crises, recognize how individuals respond to crises, and how to assist individuals with crises in their everyday life. In chapter one through four, Floyd presents crisis, trauma, loss, and grief by explaining the origin of each along with using
This research has repeatedly shown that faith-based programs combining psychology and bible-based instruction and support can help clients overcome psychological and emotional problems (e.g., Frank, & Grubbs, 2 8; Reinert & colleagues,28). Hermeneutics and psychology: A review and dialectical model. If so, is this the best service that can be provided to Christians? I think not. Thus, Anderson's theme in this regard appears to be substantiated but clearly with certain restrictions and
Mentor BOOK REVIEW: AUGUSTINE AS MENTOR BY: EDWARD L. SMITHER Liberty University History of Christianity I (CHHI 520) Dr. David Pederson June 20, 2011 BIBLIOGRAPHY ENTRY Smither, Edward L. Augustine as Mentor. Nashville: B & H Publishing Group, 2008. Author Information Ed Smither is currently functioning as an Associate Professor of Church History and Intercultural Studies at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He also served as an Assistant Professor for the Department of Humanities at the University of Tunis-el Manar form 2002-2006. He and his wife Shawn have three children: Brennan, Emma, and Eve.
Dr. Crabb shares that the biblical goal of counseling goals should be to help people move over to the path of righteousness (Crabb, 28); and help them move up in their maturity to be like Christ (Crabb, 29). “Moving over” deals with any immediate problems; and “moving up” is about developing character (attitudes, beliefs, purposes) that conforms to Christ (Crabb, 31). People have one basic personal need (that is “personal worth”) that requires two kinds of input for its satisfaction: significance (purpose, importance, adequacy, etc.) and security (love) (Crabb, 63). The counselor’s goal should be to help the person find their significance by helping them understand who they are in Christ (Crabb, 71).
The biggest difference that defines the AACC code is their mission which is described to “… help achieve the primary goals of the AACC- to bring honor to Jesus Christ and his church, promote excellence in Christian counseling, and bring unity to Christian counselors” (AACC Code of Ethics, 2004.) The code was written with a biblical foundation which inspires all of the ethical guidelines. The AACC (2004) code began with 7 foundations outlining the base for their Professional Counselors to follow all being Christ centered. The ACA Code of Ethics focused more on being open to cultural differences. One example was found in their preamble “Association members recognize diversity and embrace a cross-cultural approach in support of the worth, dignity, potential, and uniqueness of people within their social and cultural contexts (ACA Code of Ethics, 2005.)
For leaders to establish relationships with their disciples Dr. Smither’s provides mentoring model which includes eight core principles: The Group, The Mentor as Disciple, Selection, The Mentor-Disciple Relationship, Sound Teaching, Modeling and Involving in Ministry, Releasing to Ministry, and Resourcing Leaders (Smither, 13-23). My objective in this book review is to highlight themes of each chapter and provide a personal evaluation. Smither opens the book by describing mentoring from a historical and contextual perspective. He begins by describing a mentor as “a master, expert, or someone with
The power of the counselor is ingrained in God’s Word. This material incorporates the Christian assignment in helping those in the extreme need in a manner that was similar to Jesus. In addition, Jesus is established as a model character in helping counselors. Most counselors’ deeds are a go-between in a spiritual form where greater powers try to find ways to put an end to the work of God. This is known in a culture where more or less regularly informed about counselors who have over step guidelines with counselees in sexual and personnel relationships.
I have always been interested in what it meant to be a Christian Therapist and what it would mean to be a Christian and a Therapist at the same time. Can I do both and how? This article answered many of my questions and I look forward to putting this into use and becoming stronger in both