Two Psychology Counseling Articles Article Review by scribbler

Two Psychology Counseling Articles
Reviews an article by Riskind et al, "Perceiving Normality in Clients as a Potent Social-Cognitive Treatment Approach" and another article by R.K. Bufford on the distinctives of Christian counseling.
# 152433 | 1,600 words | 2 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Feb 12, 2013 in Psychology (Therapies) , Religion and Theology (Christianity)

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This paper explains that Riskind et al's article argues in favor of a treatment perspective that perceives mental health conditions as existing on a spectrum of normality, which seems rational and progressive in its approach to the patient population. After reviewing this article, the author concludes that a point of great importance is the danger of treating only symptoms and not reaching to the root of the individual disorders. The paper relates that Bufford's article denotes that the Christian faith is frequently a springboard for the use of more general counseling principle because faith-based clergy and community leaders are often seen as a source for advice, support and conflict mediation.

From the Paper:

"According to Bufford, insights into the value of the Christian faith in counseling individuals through times of crisis and through times of stability are manifold. The longstanding discussion on how best to channel mental health through an emphasis on Christian values is today given over to a wide array of views on the subject. Within the context of agreement on the essential nature of Christian values in defining an effective mental health treatment course are a glut of disagreements as to how best to balance secular psychological principals with core scriptural premises. The article offered by Bufford provides a general discussion on the state of counseling in the Christian faith with consideration to some of these philosophical and theoretical points of divergence that make it difficult to evaluate its implications objectively. The research also touches upon some suggestions for how best to address perceived scientific and academic needs with regard to the use of faith in counseling.
"Even given the theoretical and practical trajectories with which to execute the principles of integrated counseling, Bufford still denotes a clear point of conflict and challenge for the Christian counselor. To this end, Bufford is concerned with the splintering of theories, interests and emphases in Christian counseling."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Riskind, J.H.; Bombardier, M. & Ayers, C. (2006). Perceiving Normality in Clients as a Potent Social-Cognitive Treatment Approach. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 25(3), 249-260.
  • Bufford, R.K. (1997). Consecrated counseling: reflections on the distinctives of Christian counseling. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 25, 111-122.

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