Are Christian treatments as effective as secular treatments? What is the evidence to support its success? Christians engaged in the fields of psychology, psychotherapy and counseling are living in a unique moment. Over the last couple decades, these fields have grown more and more open to religious belief and religion-accommodative therapies. At the same time, Christian counselors and psychotherapists encounter pressure (for example, from insurance companies) to demonstrate that their accommodative therapies are as beneficial as secular therapies. This raises the need for evidence to support Christian practices and treatments. The essays gathered in this volume explore evidence-based Christian treatments, practices, factors and principles. The authors mine the relevant research and literature to update practicing psychotherapists, clinical researchers, students, teachers and educated laypersons about the efficacy of certain Christian-accommodative therapies. Topics covered in the book include:
psychodynamic and process-experiential therapies
couples, marriage and family therapy
The book concludes with a review of the evidence for the various treatments discussed in the chapters, a guide for conducting clinical trials that is essential reading for current or aspiring researchers, and reflections by the editors about the future of evidence-based Christian practices. As the editors say, "more research is necessary." To that end, this volume is a major contribution to a field of inquiry that, while still in its infancy, promises to have enormous implications for future work in Christian counseling and psychotherapy.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I think the book if very informative with it's approach on the application of Christian counseling in a clinical evidence approach. This will be very helpful in my personal practice. I highly recommend this book to those counseling in religious settings.
The editors have assembled clinicians and psychological scientists to offer a state of the practice review of the links between Christian counseling or psychotherapy and scientific evidence. The two-fold goal aims to inform clinicians about Christian practice and the nature of the supporting evidence. After establishing the notion of what constitutes scientific evidence in the Introduction (Chapter 1), the editors present 13 chapters focused on interventions, which are organized into three parts. The fourth part offers three chapters of reflections. The book is aimed at five target audiences: psychotherapists, researchers, students, teachers, and educated lay readers. However, I would add a sixth audience—members of the Christian Clergy—professionals in a position to make informed referrals and support church-based counseling programs.
Dr. Worthington is a caring professor and I am using his material to help our Wounded Warriors as they use forgiveness to heal.
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