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Running head: INTERVENTIONS THAT APPLY SCRIPTURE 1 Interventions That Apply Scripture in Psychotherapy Michelle Glover-Scott Liberty University
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INTERVENTIONS THAT APPLY SCRIPTURE 2 Interventions That Apply Scripture in Psychotherapy Summary This article, written by Fernando Garzon (2005) discusses the challenges that can occur when using interventions that apply Scripture in psychotherapy. Garzon (2005) explains that “within the diverse profession of Christian counseling exist a wide range of perspectives on if, when, and how to use Scripture in therapy” (p.113). The author explicate that some methodologies may shun clear procedures joining sacred text in treatment, others insist that using Scripture is the only genuine approach to Christian psychotherapy, while there are those who take a situational, client-specific position (Garzon, 2005, p. 113). The article gives a brief overview of the “ethical, cultural and assessment issues when considering Scripture [mediation]” (Garzon, 2005, p. 114). It asserts that clinician competency issues, dual relationships, informed consent issues, violating work-setting boundaries, and imposing religious values on clients are common areas where ethical concerns can arise (Garzon, 2005, p.114), therefore, clinical utilization of the Bible should comprise of great client religious-cultural evaluation, a strong healing union, clear informed consent methodology, not imposing one’s own religious values on the client, and maintaining intervention flexibility to Christian clients (Garzon, 2005, p. 114). The author explicates that based on their specific religious-social foundation, a client’s experience with the Word of God will vary, so this foundation should be carefully assessed, and any scriptural mediation fused into the therapeutic process should be handled in an ethical manner (Garzon, 2005, p. 115). Garzon (2005), utilizes a fictional case study format to demonstrate different mediation methodologies accessible for therapist to consider that can be used to incorporate Scriptures during the therapeutic process. The case study involves a “30 year old single Caucasian male
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INTERVENTIONS THAT APPLY SCRIPTURE 3 construction worker [by the name of George] who presented for psychotherapy with chief concerns of depressed moods, low self-esteem, suicidal thoughts, and trouble sleeping” (Garzon, 2005, p. 113). Interventions used in George’s care came from a variety of theoretical orientations. “Psychodynamic, psychoeducational, theoeducational, cognitive, behavioral, and affective experiential therapeutic examples are presented.” (Garzon, 2005, p.113). The interventions demonstrated in George’s treatment integrated Scriptures in various ways.
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