Theology for Better Counseling Trinitarian Reflections for Healing and Formation

ISBN-10: 0830839720
ISBN-13: 9780830839728
Edition: 2012
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List price: $24.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 11/25/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

At one time, Virgnia Todd Holeman confesses, she thought being biblically literate was all she needed and had little interest in what real theologians talked about. But in the context of counseling she found that clients often pressed her for more than she had gained through practical training and knowledge of the best theories and techniques available for counseling. They asked hard theological questions often related to their suffering, experiencing a kind of "theological disequilibrium . . . which left them discouraged, disoriented and often distraught."Eventually Holeman was led to a serious study of theology that opened the door of how the discipline of theological reflection relates to counseling practice. In this volume Holeman shows how deep and clear theological reflection can make a major difference. Not only can it shape who we are, it can also bring into greater alignment our theological commitments, our therapeutic practices and our professional ethics. All the while it can have the most practical effect on our challenges of conducting counseling sessions. Written with counseling students, pastoral counselors and licensed mental health professionals in mind, this book is aimed to help readers become as well-formed theologically as they are clinically trained.

Virginia Todd Holeman is professor of counseling at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. She previously taught at Ashland Theological Seminary and Kent State University, and worked at New Life Family Ministries in Akron, Ohio. Holeman is a licensed psychologist in Ohio and a licensed marriage and family therapist in Kentucky. As a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, she leads workshops and seminars around the country. She contributes to professional journals and speaks at churches, conferences and universities on the topics of forgiveness and family.

Preface
Is All This Fuss About Theology Really Necessary?
A Metamodel of Theologically Reflective Counseling
A Theologically Reflective Counseling Relationship
The Triune God and Therapeutic Common Factors
Responsible Living
Personal Holiness and Theologically Reflective Counseling
Out of the Office and into the Streets
Social Holiness, Social Justice and Theologically Reflective Counseling
Just Forgive?
The Atonement and Theologically Reflective Counseling
Seeing Now in Light of the Not Yet
Eschatology and Theologically Reflective Counseling
Postscript
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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