Christian models of Counselling: Just a Secular Model?

Garner, Gary O. (2003) Christian models of Counselling: Just a Secular Model? (Unpublished)

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The question of counselling methodology is a significant area of discussion amongst Christian Counsellors. By definition, the notion of Christian Counselling assumes differentiation from secular concepts of Counselling. Certainly, the Christian assumption of salvation and sanctification in Christ, and the work of the Holy Spirit, are compelling and unique characteristics likely to affect, prima facie, the way in which counselling is approached. Various attempts have been made to define just what the differences between Christian and non-Christian counselling are, ranging from the Counsellor himself having distinguishing personal qualities, through to an assumption that unlike other methods of dealing with individuals, Christian Counselling deals with man in his totality... spiritually, mentally, physically, and emotionally.

Irrespective of methodology employed, it is reasonable to assume that for the Christian, the Holy Spirit is able to provide anointing power through an imparting of gifts and ministry direction. However, it would be folly to ignore the benefits able to be derived from psychological techniques which after all provide the foundation for all Counselling models - Christian or otherwise.

Nonetheless, in the service of the Lord, it is suggested that our horizons in God’s service ought not to be measured by our limited human capacities but by the abundant measure of the Holy Spirit's provision. The writer concludes that this is not to say, however, that we ought not to use and exploit fully our natural and learned abilities which in any event are God-given. This is entirely consistent with incorporating secular counselling skills including such things as listening, observing, influencing and conducting a well structured interview – bringing to order the "250 theories or more" of counselling that is suggested competes for our attention.

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ID Code: 7234
Item Type: Other
Refereed: No
Keywords: Counselling, Christian, secular, salvation, Holy Spirit, philosophy, pastoral care
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Psychological Methodology Design and Analysis (170110)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 Gary Garner
Deposited On: 27 Apr 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:39

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