The Counseling Models of Ron Hawkins and Larry Crabb
COUN 507 B01 Summer 2010
Term Deadline: 5/30/10
Instructor’s Name: Diane Powell
The Counseling Models of Ron Hawkins and Larry Crabb:
The Crabb Model
In “Effective Biblical Counseling,” Dr. Larry Crabb attempts to provide a concrete biblically based view of counseling and how it can best be applied. Dr. Crabb gives his interpretation on the different styles of integration in regards to Christianity and psychology. He also discussed his goal of biblical counseling which “is to promote Christian maturity to help people enter into a richer experience of worship and a more effective life of service.” (1977) he attempts to guide the reader through the pitfalls of the integration of Christianity and psychology. Crabb does this through exploring several frameworks beginning with Separate but Equal, Tossed Salad, Nothing Buttery, and Spoiling the Egyptians. Throughout the explanations of each framework Crabb is able to incorporate diagrams to enhance his viewpoints and pitfalls of each framework. In Separate But Equal, Dr. Crabb states there is a wall between psychology and Scripture however, each component deals with different aspects of the problem, but it “must be rejected firmly as an inaccurate reflection of biblical content.” (1977) While Crabb elucidates on Tossed Salad, Nothing Buttery his most recommended was Spoiling the Egyptians. By carefully instructing the reader, Crabb advocates how human behavior is often captured in Scripture, thus allowing secular psychology to have its place. However, he does warn that any psychology that disagrees with Scriptures must be refuted by the Christian counselor and not implemented with the client. Dr. Crabb concludes his book with various levels of counseling which included encouragement, exhortation and enlightenment. In level one Crabb explains how the counselor can gain an understanding in regards to the client’s problem. By showing that the Christian counselor cares, and is genuinely interested in the client this can automatically relief a burden. “The majority of people who are experiencing personal anguish can be tremendously helped by the warm, genuine interest of people who care.” (1977) He goes on to give a definite requirement for level two as well as the definition. Level two transitions into a plan of Scriptures that can handle and apply to the situation that the counselor is planning a strategy for. He further warns that at level two “counseling requires knowledge of the Bible. Without a working knowledge of biblical principles of living a person simply cannot counsel at level two.” (1977) By giving this information he informs the reader that there is more training and knowledge involved with this level. Level three, requires the most training and ability to understand the cognitive behaviors of the client. Crabb states this takes more time in training and the counselor should be well equipped before attempting this level. Through comprehending the client’s flawed cognitive thoughts the counselor can assist the client in capturing each thought. By understanding thought disorders counseling can proceed to address the behaviors. “I am transformed by the renewing of my mind. As I grasp with my mind that my needs are fully met in Christ, then I am enable to better conform my behavior patterns to Christ’s example and to enjoy the deep peace of a growing maturity.” (1977) Crabb contends that the Christian counselor’s position is to act as a vehicle for the Holy Spirit who then in turns enlightens the minds of the clients. Dr. Crabbs’ book although written in 1977, it still holds valuable truths to the counselors of the world today. All of his information is biblically based with explanations for each intervention, step, and level of counseling. His concrete theories allows the reader to explore them and chose what may be the best method for...
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