Summary The article by Tan (2007) discusses proper and ethically acceptable application of prayers as a form of therapy. The author presents the use of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) from a Scriptural (Biblical) perspective. The key components of scripture-based CBT highlighted in the article are as follows. The first one is the need to underscore the value of God’s love and the establishment of a cordial relationship with the client. Second, conduct a comprehensive recollection and healing of the past events that led to the present problem (s).
I found the practical sections of this book to be extremely helpful. For instance, when Brooks explains the benefit of asking the “so what” question of the good news text, I was motivated to look at a few of my sermons that had already been preached and ask the “so what” question of the text. Brooks is clear that the Bible is the foundation of preaching. This statement as she points out may seem to be one that there is agreement with among preachers, however as is pointed out there are those who believe that good news may come from other sources. It has been my experience in hearing sermons that the Bible is the source of the good news that is proclaimed.
Dr. Anderson displays a strong foundation of counseling through truth and having a relationship with Christ. Other web based articles were used to support the theory of Anderson’s book. Although the web based articles other different avenues of Christian counseling all of the sources used share a common root, how to show others how to overcome their problems to become healthy well adjusted individuals by using biblical concepts. Christian Counseling to the Spiritually Oppressed Discipleship is receiving instruction from a religious leader and being a follower who has learned to believe in the truth of the doctrine of his teacher. Discipleship in today’s world can be in the form of a Christian counseling.
Integration of psychology and theology faces many challenges. McMinn (2011) suggests that competent Christian counselors should not only be well educated in theology and psychology, but also have a firm understanding of Spirituality. In order for a counselor to have competency in all areas required to make an effective counselor they must expand their training to include education that enriches their spiritual side (McMinn, 2011). In counseling the majority of the worldview is mostly secular. McMinn (2011) suggests that Christian counselors should challenge the majority worldview and reinforce the Christian doctrine.
Counselors advocate change at all levels to improve the quality of life for individuals or groups, while eliminating obstacles that make it difficult to receive proper services. Christian counselors promote the same quality as secular counselors but incorporate the messages of Jesus Christ. Three specific areas competence, conflict of Interest and termination are valuable in the counseling profession. Understanding these areas in the code of ethics of counseling is an important responsibility in order to be a professional and suitable counselor. Can Your Code of Ethics Be Wrong?
And finally, the concept or skill that I did not find particularly useful and why. Firstly, there were several concepts and skills that I found to be most meaningful during this “Interpreting the Bible” course. The process that I feel meant the most to me and my walk was called the four steps of the “Interpretive Journey”. This was a process of basic understanding of how to grasp what the biblical author is saying in the text. Applying this process throughout the assignments was invaluable to my understanding as a Christian.
Strong communication skills, an understanding of different personality types, and having a strong foundation of biblically relevant examples are all desirable traits. In addition, it is important to have a working knowledge of mental health diagnosis and treatments. Pastoral Counseling Reflection For many, pastoral counseling is the first line of defense when dealing with an emotional problem, a traumatic event, or personal difficulties. For others, the idea of pastoral counseling is foreign due to lack of exposure to religion. For those entering this field, it is important to remember that we are ministering to both those who formally seek help and those who do not even realize it is available.
Comparison Paper 1 – Crabb PACO 507: Theology and Spirituality in Counseling Anjannette Williams April 2015 LOU Dr. Steven Warren, Professor Comparison Paper 1 Primary goal Dr. Crabb has a desired outcome of integrating/developing a biblical counseling model gracefully into the local church (p.16). The goal of biblical counseling should be to help Christians advance in maturity and to become like Christ. Crabb’s goal is to integrate and develop biblical counseling model gracefully into the local church (p.16). Development of problems and personal need It is important for Christian counselors to retain a level of sensitivity for the selfish nature of those needing counseling. Counselors must differentiate between needs
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).
Running head: Ethics Codes Analysis Ethics Codes Analysis Catherine Bowen Liberty University Abstract The American Counseling Association (ACA) Code of Ethics is designed to address key areas of ethical responsibility and concern for professional counselors. The ACA Code of Ethics comprises an overall imperative of professional values. Christian counselors follow a code of ethics guided by The American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) which promotes biblically based values as well as professional values. One of the obvious differences in these two codes is the complexity in which the AACC reads. Because it is specific to values derived from the Holy Scriptures, it is detailed in a way that characterizes the Christian faith in addition to professional ethical responsibility.