Forum 3

References:

Chapters 5-6: McMinn, M. R. (2011). Psychology, theology, and spirituality in Christian counseling (Revised ed.). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House. ISBN: 9780842352529.

Entwistle, D. N. (2015). Integrative approaches to psychology and Christianity: An introduction to worldview issues, philosophical foundations, and models of integration (3rd ed.). Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers. ISBN: 9781498223485.

Chapter 7-8: Hawkins, R., & Clinton, T. (2015). The new Christian counselor: A fresh biblical & transformational approach. Eugene, OR: Harvest House. ISBN: 9780736943543.

Please include Christian worldview and/or bible scriptures, APA format, cited and referenced. Discussion must be approximately 300–400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. Make sure to justify and support your answer. Where appropriate, use in-text citations to support your assertions.

The online lectures and McMinn suggested some “cautions” or possible negative impacts when using prayer and Scripture in counseling. The importance of those cautions may be better understood in seeking to apply prayer and Scripture with a client. Read the Case Study below and respond to the following:

1. What would you consider to be the most therapeutic use of prayer with this client? Why?

2. What would you consider to be the most therapeutic use of Scripture with this client? Why?

3. As you consider the integration of psychology and theology consider you have been discussing how to integrate theology into this case. What from psychology would you bring to the scenario?

4. How do your responses to the first two questions mesh with your response to the third? Do they integrate?
Case Study:

Mary is a 28-year-old woman who was referred to counseling as part of her discharge plan from a local psychiatric facility to which she was admitted as a result of a suicide attempt.  She was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder.  There was also suspicion that she might have Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID).  Mary’s father sexually molested her throughout her childhood.  He was a pastor, and would often quote from the Bible as justification for his abuse of her and in an attempt to keep her quiet, such as “Honor your father and mother” (Exodus 20:12).  At one point, Mary became pregnant by her father.  When she suffered a miscarriage at the hospital, she disclosed the repeated rapes by her father.  Mary grew up in the church.  She reads her Bible regularly; however, she questions why God would allow her father to do what he did to her.  During counseling, she told the therapist that she was still a believer, but that there was a great distance between her and God.

 
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