Constructing a Comprehensive Theory of Counseling Research Paper by Peter Pen

Constructing a Comprehensive Theory of Counseling
An examination of theories of cure and counseling that take into account the individual patient.
# 113839 | 3,402 words | 22 sources | APA | 2009
Published on May 14, 2009 in Psychology (Therapies) , Psychology (Theory)

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This paper constructs a comprehensive theory of counseling that takes into account a delineation of personality structure that considers motivation and human development. The stated theory also accounts for individual differences and provides a definition of health, illness and elements of comprehensive theory of cure. Furthermore, the paper discusses techniques that guide the therapeutic process and explains how the overall theory relates to a comprehensive worldview. The paper focuses on Christian counseling.

Table of Contents:
Personality Structure
Human Development
Individual Differences
Definition Of Health
Definition Of Illness
Elements In A Comprehensive Theory Of Cure
Techniques That Guide The Therapeutic Process
Demonstration of Effectiveness
Relation Of Theory To A Comprehensive Worldview

From the Paper:

"The idea of this approach to counseling takes into account the idea of secular counselors but it is not dependent upon them. The world views counseling as a discipline like many other professions but that type of thinking is incorrect. Counseling does not depend on growing amounts of technical knowledge administered by highly trained professionals. This approach is more about developing relation to cocreate solutions to problems (Kollar, 1997). This approach demonstrates that counseling is a relationship between people who care (Crabb, 1977). The world looks at finding happiness when it encounters problems. The overall goal of the individual should be to respond biblically to the situations, circumstances and illnesses that come with life (Crabb, 1977). Our modern emphasis on personal wholeness, human potential and freedom to be ourselves from a selfish perspective has shifted us from a commitment to be more Christlike (Crabb, 1977). We must get back to the mindset of the Garden of Eden when Adam walked in the cool of the day with the Lord having all of his needs met and everything was very good (Gen 1:29-31)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Adams, J. E. (1973). The Christian counselor's manual: The practice of nouthetic counseling. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
  • Adams, J. E. (1979). More than Redemption: A theology of Christian counseling. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co.
  • Adams, J. E. (1986). How to help people change: The four-step biblical process. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
  • Anderson, N. T. (1991). Released from bondage. San Bernardino, CA: Here's Life Publishers, Inc.
  • Anderson, N. T. (2000). The bondage breaker. Eugene, Oregon: Harvest House Publishers.

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