Integration of Faith and Family Counseling Persuasive Essay by Robert Patton

An analysis of the issues concerning the integration of Christian beliefs with accepted practice in family counseling.
# 111085 | 2,768 words | 16 sources | APA | 2006 | US
Published by on Jan 08, 2009 in Psychology (Therapies) , Religion and Theology (Christianity)

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This paper discusses how there is no greater dilemma facing the Christian counselor than attempting to reconcile his belief system with accepted practice in family counseling and how the counselor is presented with sometimes diametrically opposed schools of thought. It looks at how critics believe that secularists are poisoning pure biblical teaching and how in contrast, many members of the psychological community view counseling as something completely secular, and devoid of God by necessity. It argues that determining a balance between these schools of thought, family systems theory and specifically structural approaches provide insight into the biblical basis for Christian counseling and manages to integrate counseling with the tenants of Christianity.

From the Paper:

"It is ironic that the Christian church has spent so many years caring for souls, and such a small amount of time integrating the field of psychology into the practice of the clergy. Some of this may be in part due to the anti-religious roots of psychology, or possibly organized religion's fervor for furthering their own interpretations concerning scripture being "sufficient" for everything. A small but hard-to-ignore group of conservative evangelicals are convinced that the use of any psychology by the church is a travesty on the gospel and poses a substantial threat to the life and health of the church at large. Some examples include The Psychoheresy Newsletter and Prophets of Psychoheresy (Bobgan & Bobgan, 1989). Whatever the cause of this rift, it is clear that psychologists know very little about working with the clergy, and Christians know even less about the practice of psychology (Weaver et al., 1997). Instead of searching for a unified truth, both sides have viewed each other with suspicion or condescension. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Adams, C. J. (2004). The sins of the father: Toward a Wesleyan perspective of family systems. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 23(2), 149-154.
  • American Counseling Association (1995). Code of Ethics. Retrieved February 16, 2004, from
  • Beck, J. (2002). The integration of psychology and theology: An enterprise out of balance. Retrieved October 14, 2004, from
  • Benner, D. G. (2002). Nurturing spiritual growth. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 30, 355-361.
  • Bobgan, M., & Bobgan, D. (1989). Prophets of psychoheresy. Santa Barbara, CA: East Gate Publishers.

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