Psychology, Theology, and Spirituality in Christian Counseling

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Author: Mark R. McMinn

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

ISBN: 9781414349237

Category: Religion

Page: 400

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The American Association of Christian Counselors and Tyndale House Publishers are committed to ministering to the spiritual needs of people. This book is part of the professional series that offers counselors the latest techniques, theory, and general information that is vital to their work. While many books have tried to integrate theology and psychology, this book takes another step and explores the importance of the spiritual disciplines in psychotherapy, helping counselors to integrate the biblical principles of forgiveness, redemption, restitution, prayer, and worship into their counseling techniques. Mark R. McMinn, Ph.D., is professor of psychology at Wheaton College Graduate School in Wheaton, Illinois, where he directs and teaches in the Doctor of Psychology program. A diplomate in Clinical Psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology, McMinn has thirteen years of postdoctoral experience in counseling, psychotherapy, and psychological testing. McMinn is the author of Making the Best of Stress: How Life's Hassles Can Form the Fruit of the Spirit; The Jekyll/Hyde Syndrome: Controlling Inner Conflict through Authentic Living; Cognitive Therapy Techniques in Christian Counseling; and Christians in the Crossfire (written with James D. Foster). He and his wife, Lisa, have three daughters.

Sin and Grace in Christian Counseling

An Integrative Paradigm

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Author: Mark R. McMinn

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 9780830879045

Category: Religion

Page: 176

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Sin. Grace. Christian Counseling. How do these fit together? In Christian theology sin and grace are intrinsically interconnected. Teacher and counselor Mark McMinn believes that Christian counseling, then, must also take account of both human sin and God's grace. For both sin and grace are distorted whenever one is emphasized without the other. McMinn, noting his own tendencies and the temptation to stereotype different Christian approaches to counseling along this theological divide, aims to help all those preparing for or currently serving in the helping professions. Expounding the proper relationship of sin and grace, McMinn shows how the full truth of the Christian gospel works itself out in the functional, structural and relational domains of an integrative model of psychotherapy.

The Science of Virtue

Why Positive Psychology Matters to the Church

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Author: Mark R. McMinn

Publisher: Brazos Press

ISBN: 1493411217

Category: Religion

Page: 208

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The church and science have drifted apart over the past century. Today the church is often deemed irrelevant by those who trust science, and science is often deemed irrelevant by those whose primary loyalties are to the church. However, this book shows that the new science of virtue--the field of positive psychology--can serve as a bridge point between science and the church and can help renew meaningful conversation. In essence, positive psychology examines how ordinary people can become happier and more fulfilled. Mark McMinn clarifies how positive psychology can complement Christian faith and promote happiness and personal flourishing. In addition, he shows how the church can help strengthen positive psychology. McMinn brings the church's experience and wisdom on six virtues--humility, forgiveness, gratitude, grace, hope, and wisdom--into conversation with intriguing scientific findings from positive psychology. Each chapter includes a section addressing Christian counselors who seek to promote happiness and fulfillment in others.

Integrating Psychology and Spirituality?

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Author: Richard L. Gorsuch

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780275973728

Category: Psychology

Page: 189

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Gorsuch seeks to provide a thoughtful introduction to relating spirituality and psychology in a postmodern era. Psychology provides an empirical base for many of the discussions. In addition he develops two methods of dialoging or integrating psychology and spirituality.

Handbook of Spirituality and Worldview in Clinical Practice

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Author: Allan M. Josephson,John R. Peteet

Publisher: American Psychiatric Pub

ISBN: 9781585626977

Category: Medical

Page: 192

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This refreshing new work is a practical overview of religious and spiritual issues in psychiatric assessment and treatment. Eleven distinguished contributors assert that everyone has a worldview and that these religious and spiritual variables can be collaborative partners of science, bringing critical insight to assessment and healing to treatment. Unlike other works in this field, which focus primarily on spiritual experience, this clearly written volume focuses on the cognitive aspects of belief -- and how personal worldview affects the behavior of both patient and clinician. Informative case vignettes and discussions illustrate how assessment, formulation, and treatment principles can be incorporated within different worldviews, including practical clinical information on major faith traditions and on atheist and agnostic worldviews. The book's four main sections give concise yet comprehensive coverage of varying aspects of worldview: Conceptual Foundation -- The Introduction explains the significance of worldview and its context in the development of psychiatry; reviews misunderstandings about spirituality and worldview and how they can be resolved in contemporary practice; and discusses Freud's significant influence on psychiatry's approach to religion and spirituality. Clinical Foundations -- Three chapters review how clinicians can integrate spiritual and religious perspectives in the basic clinical processes of assessment (gathering a religious or spiritual history); diagnosis and case formulation (including religious and spiritual factors); and treatment (including a review of ethical issues). Patients and Their Traditions -- Six chapters discuss Catholic and Protestant Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, Jews, and secularists (atheists and agnostics), including a brief history, clinical implications of core beliefs, and variations of therapeutic encounters (both where patient and clinician share the same faith and where they do not) for each faith tradition. Worldview and Culture -- A concluding chapter reviews issues of a global culture where faiths once rarely encountered in North America are increasingly seen in clinical practice. This well-organized text sheds much-needed light on an area too often obscure to many clinicians, fostering a balanced integration of religion and spirituality in mental health training and practice. Bridging several disciplines in a novel way, this thought-provoking volume will find a diverse audience among mental health care students, educators, and professionals everywhere who seek to better integrate the religious and spiritual aspects of their patients' lives into assessment and treatment.

Care for the Soul

Exploring the Intersection of Psychology & Theology

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Author: Mark R. McMinn,Timothy R. Phillips

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 9780830815531

Category: Religion

Page: 364

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Edited by Mark R. McMinn and Timothy R. Phillips, this collection of essays is a multidisciplinary dialogue on the interface between psychology and theology that takes seriously the long, rich tradition of soul care in the church.

Psychology, Religion, and Spirituality

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Author: James M. Nelson

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 0387875727

Category: Psychology

Page: 731

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Over a century ago, psychologists who were fascinated with religion began to study and write about it. Theologians and religious practitioners have responded to this literature, producing a fascinating dialogue that deals with our fundamental und- standings about the human person and our place in the world. This book provides an introduction to the important conversations that have developed out of these interchanges. The dialogue between psychology and religion is difficult to study for a number of reasons. First, it requires knowledge of both psychology and religion. People with a background in psychology often lack a solid understanding of the religious traditions they wish to study, and theologians may not be up to date on the latest developments in psychology. Second, it requires conceptual tools to organize the material and understand the basic problems involved in any attempt to connect the science of psychology with religion. These concepts can be found in many places, for instance in the writings of philosophers of science, but they are complex and often hard to follow for those without a proper theological and philosophical ba- ground. Finally, authors who write on the topic come to the study of psychology and religion from a variety of academic and personal backgrounds. This makes for wonderful diversity in conversations, but it makes understanding and mastery of the material quite difficult.

Endow Me

An Analysis of Psychology, Theology and Spirituality in the Christian Faith: "A Comprehensive Look at the Ideological War Raging Today Between Psychology, Theology and Spirituality as the Main Battlefield in the Christian Faith."

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Author: Roslyn Burton-robertson

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781540309907

Category:

Page: 64

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The purpose of this book is to look at the ideological war raging today between psychology, theology and spirituality as the main battlefield in the Christian faith. This war is being fought on two fronts: Establishing psychology in opposition to religion in general and Christianity in particular; and the intense conflict within the Christian community about whether or not so-called godless psychology should be embraced. The key question is whether or not psychology is based on a world view which opposes the essentials of the Christian faith. This includes the assumptions of psychology of materialism, rationalism, determinism and relativism, spiritualism, and that humans are not self-aware, responsible and free moral agents. Christians cannot accept these philosophical assumptions and at the same time remain true to their faith, hence becoming a slave to religion, their new master. Within Christianity there is a wide variety of opinions concerning the validity of psychology in general and psychotherapy in particular. One extreme camp believes that only the Bible can be used in determining truth and that science cannot be trusted. At the other extreme are those who are willing to accept truth as determined by science even when it clearly contradicts Biblical interpretation, but are scared to speak it.

Psychology & Christianity Integration

Seminal Works that Shaped the Movement

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Author: Daryl H. Stevenson,Brian E. Eck,Peter C. Hill

Publisher: Psychology and Christianity

ISBN: 0979223709

Category: Christianity

Page: 386

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