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Running head: PSYCHOLOGY, THEOLOGY, AND SPIRITUALITY 1 Psychology, Theology, and Spirituality in Christian Counseling Review Michelle Glover-Scott Liberty University Online
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PSYCHOLOGY, THEOLOGY, AND SPIRITUALITY 2 Psychology, Theology, and Spirituality in Christian Counseling Review Summary In his book, McMinn (2011) deals with the subject of integrating theology and spirituality within the counseling/therapeutic process. In the first two chapters, McMinn (2011) review the personal and professional challenges that Christian counselors face when attempting to integrate psychology with biblical principles and faith. He emphasizes the significance of how the counselor’s worldview and their personal life effect their professional counseling style. Throughout the book, the author uses real-life scenarios to demonstrate how the perspective of the counselor effect his/her counseling style. McMinn (2011) uses these illustration, which he titled “What if this happened?” to explore subjects like: mapping spiritual and psychological health, healing patterns, the need for spiritual formation, and the need for good assessments” (McMinn, 2011), as well as to demonstrate how the Christian counselor can effectively integrate theology, spirituality and psychology in the counseling process. In Chapter one, McMinn (2011) explores what he calls “the frontier of integration” (p.6), which is defined as the professional and personal challenges Christian counselors are faced with as they “confront the new frontier of intradisciplinary integration” (p. 9). He explains and list these challenges as “defining relevant ethical standards; establishing a scientific base; confronting dominant views of mental health; expanded definition of training; moving from two areas of competence to three; and blurred personal-professional distinctions” (McMinn, 2011). Chapter two advances towards teaching a more detailed way that Christian counselors can utilize in helping their clients reach a sound mental state, which the author titled, “Mapping Spiritual and Psychological Health” (McMinn, 2011). McMinn (2011) states, “Christian counselors are concerned with spiritual growth as well as mental health” (p. 39). He proposes
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PSYCHOLOGY, THEOLOGY, AND SPIRITUALITY 3 that mental and spiritual well-being are one in the same, which involves having a true sense of need, a true sense of self, and a true understanding of healing relationships (McMinn, 2011). The author suggest that a well-adjusted model of spiritual and mental health is sustained when the spiritual, theological and psychological disciplines are integrated.
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