Critique of Two Theories

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Critique of Two Theories: Nouthetic Counseling Vs. Misbelief Therapy Sandra Hanford Liberty University Summary Dr. Adams (1986) opens his book, How To Help People Change, by stating that all counselors agree on “the aim of counseling is to change people” (p. xi). The main difference is the question is what the people are supposed to change into. Each theorist has a different answer to that question. Coming from the perspective of a Christian, Dr. Adams (1986) suggests that the central issue of change centers on the process of changing the human heart. The Holy Spirit is important in causing the change and the Word of God is the source of helping the client to become Christ -like. According to Adams (1986), this change must be toward God and must be “from the heart outward” (p. 7). If not, then the change is just superficial and it will eventually lead the client further astray. The very backbone of his counseling is 2 Timothy 3:16, which states: ," But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work"(NIV, 2010). Using this Scripture, Dr. Adams provided four –step biblical process that are the elements in the process of change. The first step is teaching the truth of the Bible, which is the Word of God. The counselor must teach the client what God has to say about the situation and what His standards are for living. This teaching involves what Adams calls “teaching in the milieu” or through real life situations. The second step is conviction. In order to do this, the

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