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A Critique of Crabb and Hawkins Effective Biblical Counseling by Dr. Larry Crabb and Model for the Counseling Process by Dr. Ron Hawkins Sheila Borrero Liberty University This paper will compare and contrast the theories of Dr. Larry Crabb’s Effective Biblical Counseling and Dr. Ron Howard’s Model for Guiding the Counseling Process, by highlighting the similarities and differences. The paper will include a summary of the theories, and evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses, along with my personal reflection and application. It is important to remember that the way people approach problems significantly differs, as do the approaches therapists use to aid their clients through the growth and healing process. Summary of Theories Dr. Larry Crabb provides four different approaches that are used by Christians when integrating psychology and theology. The approaches are named: “Separate but Equal”, “Tossed Salad”, “Nothing Buttery”, and “Spoiling the Egyptians”. The “Separate but Equal” approach states that psychology and theology are both important but are two different entities. His thoughts were that the two doctrines should never intertwine when helping clients. In the “Tossed Salad” approach, therapists make use of both psychology and theology by combining parts of two doctrines. However, when using this approach little value is given to the fact that some of the psychology tends to contradict with theology beliefs. This seems to cause problems since Christian therapists usually look for guidance with the scriptures and are using two contradictory doctrines to create one intervention plan to assist their clients. The “Nothing Buttery” approach, states that scripture is the only doctrine needed to assist clients. In this approach psychology techniques are not needed because God’s word will provide everything needed to have a healthy
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