Crabb and Hawkins Theory Critique

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Crabb and Hawkins Theory Critique Rebecca Castille Liberty University March 31, 2013 Crabb and Hawkins Theory Critique Life consists of many ups and downs for all humans. The difference in people and how they weather the storms of life are directly related to their thought patterns, maturity and behaviors they choose to have. Dr. Crabb identifies four approaches in which counselors can hinge theory when working with clients in order to bring change. Dr. Hawkins’ theory involves the use of concentric circles in which he neatly identifies a simple strategy for intervention in counseling. This model although simplistic identifies in depth the core of man being made in the Image of God and it is at this core man’s difficulties evolve. Dr. Crabb and Dr. Hawkins come to the conclusion that many of man’s problems stem from a sin nature. In changing the man’s thinking through Christ, one can in turn affect man’s overall health as will be discussed. Crabb (1977) introduces an approach to integration in which he delineates several different approaches to theory. Dr. Crabb begins with the Separate but Equal theory in which spiritual problems are to be dealt with scripture and areas involving physical including psychological should be handled with qualified practitioners (pg. 33). In this approach there is little room for integration when often the physical, psychological and spiritual are inner related. It is clear this approach to counseling does not allow for whole healing of the individual. People are not separate parts, but are complex integrated beings. For Christian counseling this approach does not hold a Biblical basis to develop one’s theory of counseling. As stated by Crabb (1977) “to create a wall between Scripture and psychology and to assume that the two disciplines are Separate but Equal, must be rejected firmly as an inaccurate reflection of biblical
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