Psycholoty, Theology, and Spirituality in Christian Counseling

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Psychology, Theology, and Spirituality in Christian Counseling Spring Browne Liberty University COUN-506 Summary Mark McMinn explains in his book, Psychology, Theology, and Spirituality in Christian Counseling, the progress that has been made by Christian counselors to unify the disciplines of theology and psychology. McMinn expresses the need for these disciplines for counselors and clients through addressing prayer, Scripture, sin, confession, forgiveness, and redemption. McMinn addresses each of these disciplines theologically and psychologically. McMinn has developed training methods and spiritual disciplines for people to gradually be transformed by God, evidence by reflecting humility, compassion, forgiveness, and redemption that can only be found through Christ (McMinn, 1996). Prayer is essential for Christian counseling. There are different types of prayer in Christian Counseling and each much be thought on carefully before using them. Prayer for the client outside of session is the safest prayer to use. Silent prayer in the counseling session can assist the counselor through a difficult intervention. McMinn states that silent prayer during sessions help to edify and empower the counselor (McMinn, 1996). Devotional mediation outside sessions and inside sessions can be an effective tool. McMinn describes the inside devotion as, “This is sometimes effective in behavioral interventions when muscle tension needs to be reduced” (McMinn, 1996, p.92). The devotional-meditation outside can assist with clients who struggle with anxiety. Open prayer can be useful or hurtful. It can be used to manipulate the client. Clients can use the open in-session prayer for prayer training. Then they can become closer to God by worshipping. Counselors must be care that the client does not become intimate with the counselor or they may not have the confidence to pray

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