Christian Worldview Counseling

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Running head: Counseling from a Christian Worldview A Crossroads of Christian Worldview and Ethical Standards Jeffrey Pryor Liberty University Abstract Various individuals enter the counseling profession with little idea about what it is and entails. To complicate things further, there are conflicting positions within the counseling profession on worldviews, ethics, philosophies and techniques. The Bible recognizes counselors in the role of service to advise others with wisdom, righteousness, humility, and empathy. Secular ideas must be sifted by a biblical worldview. Positive outcomes should not be temporal adjustments, but life transformations with eternity in mind. The counselor may be likened unto a servant-advisor, a shepherd,…show more content…
Of interest to the counselor is the fact that there is power in the wisdom of God. It is wiser and stronger than men (1 Corinthians 1:25) and brings about more wisdom (1:30), righteousness (1:30), sanctification (1:30), redemption (1:30), faith (2:5), glorification (2:7), and the knowledge of God (Ephesians 1:17). Therefore, a counselor gains wisdom through fellowship with Christ (1 Corinthians 1:9) and learning wisdom by reading God’s Word in the Bible. Compare Bible Definition with Professional Views Now that we have a solid definition of Christian based counseling, words, definitions, and examples, how do these compare to professional views? The American Counseling Association’s (ACA’s) five moral principles (Forester-Miller & Davis, 1996) include: autonomy – the client’s freedom of choice, nonmaleficence – do no harm, beneficence – contribute to the growth and development of the client, justice – treat clients equally with variation based on issues of mental illness and not some other bias. Lastly, we there is fidelity – disclosure of counseling process and fulfillment of…show more content…
248) are very much in line with the characteristics of the Christian counselor defined here. Christian counselors are accountable to God and to those who have authority over them. Their service must be done in love with a servant’s heart. Fidelity to integrity and trustworthiness in keeping confidentiality are maintained through faithfulness. Competent beneficence can only be achieved through biblical wisdom. Humility in justice is part of the overall humility of the biblical counselor. Suffer ability stems from the empathy a servant-advisor must have to help transform the life of the client. Servant hood is implicit within these seven virtues as well. Perhaps the one emphasis found in the counselor that is not specifically addressed by the seven virtues is the issue of giving advice. However, the act of giving advice is not, in itself, contrary to the seven virtues. And, if the seven virtues are met, it will include the giving of advice as necessary to help the client. I provide emphasis on advice because some secular counseling neglect any activity that might “violate a client’s value system.” One such example is motivational interviewing (Rollnick & Miller, 1995) which is
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