CHRISTIAN COUNSELING TODAY, Vol. 15, No. 2

REVIEW:  CHRISTIAN COUNSELING TODAY, Vol. 15, No. 2

 

 

  • Special Section:  Spiritual Practice:  articles on spiritual interventions in clinical practice.

 

Crabb, Larry. (2007). Restless for Recovery. Christian Counseling Today, 15(2), 10-14.

Possible Interest to:  Counselors using spiritual interventions.

Crabb (www.newwayministries.org) gives personal/professional examples of being “restless for recovery,” explaining this restlessness as leading to facing brokenness over sin and “despairing” disappointment of unmet desire.  He sees this as a “place” as readiness for dependence on Christ, the true source of hope and only one who can rest our feet on solid ground.

 

Ellison, Craig W. & Chin, James. (2007). The Faith Factor in the Therapeutic Relationship. Christian Counseling Today, 15(2), 16-18.

Possible Interest to:  Counselors: evaluation tools and model.

Ellison’s psycho-spiritual model is displayed in table format, showing God’s provision of our needs at Creation, with pain and brokenness in each after the Fall. Performing a thorough evaluation of the 8 needs as they relate to the client’s internal, horizontal, and vertical “worlds” is recommended. A model of Grace, Truth, and Shalom in the counseling process is also provided.

 

Ohlschlager, George & Scalise, Eric. (2007). The 5 Stages of Competent Christian Counseling. Christian Counseling Today, 15(2), 19-24.

Possible Interest to:  Counselors: best practices & tools.

With over 400 psychotherapy systems, the authors advocate having a mental road map at the onset. Five best practices that honor God in the process, plus a Christian diagnostic tool using the acronym BE-CHRIST-LIKE are given. Chris Thurman’s TRUTH system for changing lies counselees believe is explained. Their comments on spiritual redirection of fight, flight, and fear are worth the read. 

 

Jones, Ian F. (2007). Inner Healing&Therapeutic Prayer. Christian Counseling Today, 15(2), 25-27.

Possible Interest to:  Counselors and counselees – on prayer & healing.

Jones defines prayer as our soul’s conversation with God, and touches on forms, purposes, and examples of prayer, Scripture, and the nature of effective prayer in the counseling process. He also draws an analogy of counseling without prayer (for both counselor and counselee) to running without oxygen.

  • Features

 

Galle, Jack. (2007). What Sufferers Wish We Knew As Counselors. Christian Counseling Today, 15(2), 30-32.

Possible Interest to:  Counselors with suffering and/or terminal clients.

Galle, a Naval chaplain, writes as one who understands laying aside personal discomfort with the suffering to reaching out with compassion, as he states, “Imagine what it must be like to be the patient.” Galle stresses saying/doing what makes the one ministering feel more comfortable is not always what the sufferer needs. He concludes with several things he has found helpful in ministering to the suffering.

 

Murphey, Cecil. (2007). Heaven and Healing. Christian Counseling Today, 15(2), 33-36.

Possible Interest to:  Counselors with clients with questions re: issues in this book.

Murphey summarizes 90 Minutes in Heaven, a book he co-authored with Don Piper, about Piper’s experience as reflected in the title, plus how Piper has made sense of the pain he continues to live with some 18 years later. As a New York Times’ best seller and with Piper’s recent local Christian radio station (KHCB) interview, questions needing answers may be raised.

In his column, “Enveloped by the God of Presence,” Murphey recounts a tragedy, drawing a conclusion given in his title, which came from a pastor’s statement, “We serve a God of Presence… not… of Protection.” They just don’t seem to get it. Scripture, history, and experience affirm our God is both… and more. Death does not mean God did not protect. God is Sovereign. His ways are not our ways.

 

Yarhouse, Mark A. (2007). Sexual Identity Therapy: A New Working Model. Christian Counseling Today, 15(2), 38-40.

Possible Interest to:  Counselors with clients having same sex attractions.

Regent University’s Yarhouse discusses Sexual Identity Therapy (SIT), outlining four key parts of the process and a case illustration. A framework for conducting SIT (which Yarhouse and Warren Throckmorton developed to help clients sort out their same-sex attraction conflicts) is available at http://www.sexualidentityinstitute.org/resources/php. SIT does not focus changing sexual orientation.

 

Chin, James. (2007). Deceptive Practices and Psychospiritual Knowing. Christian Counseling Today, 15(2), 42-44.

Possible Interest to:  Counselors helping clients break through self deception.

Chin did a good job identifying several “layers of deception” that interfere with discerning truth, both in individual and human history, and organizes these into four categories, giving Scriptural references of defense mechanisms and deceptions. To recover discernment and truth, Chin says, acknowledge God is the “keeper of all truth,” encourages seeking truth, and will reveal truth to authentic seekers. Six methods to attain truth are listed, suggesting Christian counseling process is as much spiritual as clinical.

 

Greggo, Stephen. (2007). Mending ‘Mangled Care?’ The Pursuit of Christian Service within Managed Care. Christian Counseling Today, 15(2), 45-47.

Possible Interest to:  Counselors effected by managed care.

Providing a glimpse at one Christian counseling agency, Greggo confirms being able to stay afloat with these systems, where 90% of their clinical hours were through managed care. The author provides three priorities to keep at the fore to survive this ever-changing managed environment.

 

Smith, Ed M. (2007). Theophostic Prayer Ministry: Adjunctive Use in Christian Counseling. Christian Counseling Today, 15(2), 50-52.

Possible Interest to:  Counselors – re: Theophostic Prayer Ministry [TPM].

“TPM assumes …current emotional pain emanates from what is believed in a memory and not because of what actually happened….” TPM “targets” wrong beliefs so truth is exchanged for lies, once truth is found from the presence of Christ. Using TPM without training could result in adverse consequences.  

 

  • Special Section:  Research Christian Counseling.

 

Garzon, Fernando. (2007). Research on Spiritual Interventions in Counseling. Christian Counseling Today, 15(2), 54-55.

Possible Interest to:  Counselors using/considering spiritual interventions.

With insurance companies seeking science behind clinical treatment strategies, Garzon points to research summary of three areas of Christian intervention. Several specific cognitive and Christian intervention models (some noted in this periodical) are referenced positive ways.

 

Hook, Joshua N. & Worthington, Everett L., Jr. (2007). The God Factor: Evidence from Outcome Studies of Psychological Treatments. Christian Counseling Today, 15(2), 56-58.

Possible Interest to:  Counselors re: Christian intervention.

The authors note many spiritual interventions used and point to some results, including forgiveness being linked with positive mental health. They provide three recommendations for Christian intervention in counseling, emphasizing the importance of scientific demonstration of effectiveness.

 

Ohlschlager, George. (2007). Miracles, Medicine, and Mental Health: An Interview with Dr. Harold Koenig. Christian Counseling Today, 15(2), 60-63.

Possible Interest to:  Counselors and counselees.

This is a warm interview, in which Dr. Koenig affirms spiritual aspects in counseling and discusses how empirical data has revealed the living out of Biblical truths “…may extend life and shorten recovery from illness and injury, reduce high blood pressure, overcome or control anxiety and depression…” etc.

 

  • Departments.

 

Crabb, Larry. Odyssey: Our Greatest Challenge. 65.

Possible Interest to:  Counselors (personal development).

Crabb gives a challenge to think, and thus live, “outside the box” about a counselor’s true calling.

 

Langberg, Diane. Looking Inward: Thoughts from Africa. 66-67.

Possible Interest for:  Counseling men and women.

The author calls the church to look beyond a counselor’s “front row seat to redemption” to touch a hurting world.

 

Lyles, Michael R. Shrink Notes: The Big Impostor: Bipolar Depression. 68.

Possible Interest to:  Counselors with depressed clients.

Lyles stresses the importance of gaining clinical diagnostic skill with bipolar depression and primary depressive disorders, and provides a helpful list of clinical clues. 

 

Centore, Anthony J. eCounseling: eCounseling: Is it History in the Making? 69.

Possible Interest:  Info on eCounseling.

A brief history, current licensed online counselors, and unpredictable future for eCounseling is raised.

 

Kellemen, Robert W. Truth for Life: Our Capax Dei. 70-71.

Possible Interest to:  Relationship/Marriage & Family Counselors.

Drawing from C. S. Lewis, Kellemen shows how making our capacity (thirst/hunger) for God first enriches other relationships/marriage.

 

Centore, Anthony J. & Arnold, Jim (Reviewers). (2007). Book & Resource Reviews. Christian Counseling Today, 15(2), 72-73.

DeMoss, Mark. (2007). The Little Red Book of Wisdom. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers. 72.

Possible Interest for:  Counseling men.

DeMoss’ wisdom is both personal & professional (often both) advising to under promise & over deliver.

 

Larkin, Nate. Samson and the Pirate Monks: Calling Men to Authentic Brotherhood. (2006) Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers. 73.

Recommend For:  Counseling men.

This book review references www.SamsonSociety.org, a fellowship of Christian men serious about authenticity, community, humility, and recovery.

Yarhouse, Mark A. (2007). Research Digest – God & Healing. Christian Counseling Today, 15(2), 74-76.

 

Wade, N. G., Worthington, E. L., Jr., Vogel, D. L. (2007) Effectiveness of Religiously Tailored Interventions in Christian Therapy. Psychotherapy Research, 17(1), 91-105.

Recommend For:  Counselors-affirms Christian intervention.

A conclusion from a study of religious intervention in Christian & secular therapy saw the value for relationship closeness and therapeutic effectiveness when “…congruent with the clients’ worldview….”

 

Hodge, D. R. (2007). A Systematic Review of The Empirical Literature on Intercessory Prayer. Research on Social Work Practice, 17(2), 174-187.

Recommend For:  Counselors-one study on intercessory prayer.

From empirical studies of intercessory prayer presented, the “jury is still out” re: proof of its efficacy.

 

Banthia, R., Moskowitz, J. T., Acree, M., & Folkman, S. (2007). Socioeconomic Differences in the Effects of Prayer on Physical Symptoms and Quality of Life. Journal of Health Psychology, 12(2), 249-260.

Recommend For:  Counselors note: as education increases, tendency for self reliance to increase.

Research raises questions re: inverse relationship between praying caregivers & increased education.

 

Turton, D. W. & Francis, L. J. (2007). The Relationship Between Attitude Toward Prayer and Professional Burnout Among Anglican Parochial Clergy in England: Are Praying Clergy Healthier Clergy? Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 10(1), 61-74.

Recommend For:  Counselors note:  not to assume all in ministry seeking counseling are praying.

Research data given shows “…’a vocation rooted in prayer needs to be sustained by prayer….”

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Reviewer:  Juanice Edwards is a member of Houston’s First Baptist Church.                                      Rev. 10/24/2007

 

 

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