COUN 507-B01: Spring 2011
March 13, 2011
It is important to develop a biblically based theory of Christian counseling that integrates psychology, spirituality, and theology. This model must be flexible enough to incorporate non-believers, while attempting to gently facilitate a personal relationship with God in both believers and non-believers alike. It is the author’s intent to develop an integrative theory by using techniques proved valid by science, in conjunction with theological truth. This integrated approach will take into account personality structure, motivation, development, and worldview to devise a plan of change for clients. This process will allow the author to determine the appropriate amount of integration necessary in treating each client on an individual basis. Organizing the author’s own personal theory will improve decision making and growth. This essay will serve as a launching pad for the author to identify individual areas of strength and development.
A comprehensive personal theory of counseling should accommodate the integration of psychology, theology, and spirituality. It is important to match the client’s spirit, with the scientifically proven techniques of psychology, backed by theological truths. McMinn (1996) says that counselors who fail at integration are neglectful of their client’s needs. 1 Corinthians 12 explains that body parts each serve a purpose, but cannot function alone. Instead, they all work together in order for the body to work effectively as a whole. Because of this knowledge, I have developed my personal integrated theory of counseling based on a blend of the work of various authors.
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