- Practitioners of five different views on the relationship between psychology and Christianity explain how they would work with the same hypothetical client
- Offers a brief history of the Christian care of souls
- Discusses how to move theoretical frameworks into actual practice
- Uses the same five perspectives found in Psychology and Christianity: Five Views, making this suitable for use independently or as a companion
What does authentic Christian counseling look like in practice?
This volume explores how five major perspectives on the interface of Christianity and psychology would each actually be applied in a clinical setting. Respected experts associated with each of the perspectives depict how to assess, conceptualize, counsel and offer aftercare to Jake, a hypothetical client with a variety of complex issues. In each case the contributors seek to explain how theory can translate into real-life counseling scenarios.
This book builds on the framework of Eric L. Johnson's Psychology & Christianity: Five Views. These include the Levels-of-Explanation Approach, the Integration Approach, the Christian Psychology Approach, the Transformational Approach and the Biblical Counseling Approach. While Counseling and Christianity can be used independently of Johnson's volume, the two can also function as useful companions.
Christians who counsel, both those in practice and those still in training, will be served by this volume as it strengthens the connections between theory and practice in relating our faith to the mental health disciplines. They will finally get an answer to their persistent but unanswered question: "What would that counseling view look like behind closed doors?"
About the Editors
Stephen P. Greggo (Psy.D., State University of New York, Albany) is professor of counseling, training clergy and mental health counselors at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He is author of Trekking Toward Wholeness, is a licensed psychologist and maintains a long-standing association as partner and consultant with Christian Counseling Associates in Delmar, New York.
Timothy A. Sisemore (Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary) is Director of Research and Professor of Psychology and Counseling at Richmont Graduate University in Chattanooga, TN, and maintains a clinical practice at Richmont's CBI Counseling Center. He is author of several books, the most recent being The Clinician's Guide to Exposure Therapies for Anxiety Spectrum Disorders (New Harbinger).