Psychology, Theology, And Spirituality

1658 WordsJun 28, 20167 Pages
Summary In the book, Psychology, Theology, and Spirituality in Christian Counseling, McMinn expands upon the theory of integrating psychology and theology by providing the reader with concrete methods to utilize in counseling. His approach to integration is filled with helpful guidance for any counselor striving to strike the appropriate balance in their sessions. McMinn divulges into how and when to use scripture, prayer, confession and redemption. He advocates for utilizing these methods on a case by cases basis to ensure the client’s best interest. Overall, the book provides a tangible understanding of how to integrate theology and psychology into different counseling sessions. McMinn begins his book by advocating for a more detailed approach to spiritual and psychological health. He saw that the current model had many problems, including the fact that it was too broad. McMinn advocated for a more detailed map, and decided to create one himself. McMinn’s new map depicted a triangle flow chart instead of a linear progression. He believes “a more comprehensive perspective on psychological and spiritual health requires us to consider self, brokenness, and healing relationships as interactive rather than linear” (McMinn, 2011, p. 50). The new map considers the client’s faulty beliefs as hindrances to healing. Counselors will need to work with their clients to develop an accurate sense of self, sense of need, and heathy healing relationship to produce real change in their
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