Wednesday, February 1, 2012
•Christian counseling as a profession, ministry, and lay ministry
•Spiritual and theological roots
•Social, emotional, and relational issues
•Skills and essentials in Christian helping
•Ethical and legal considerations
•Intake, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment planning
•Premarital counseling, family therapy, and substance abuse
Counselors will also find up-to-date information on solution-based brief therapy, cognitive therapy and biblical truth, and trauma and crisis intervention. An essential resource for maintaining a broad and up-to-date perspective on helping others.
I asked to review this book for a reason. I feel the average pastor is ill equipped to counsel their church members in a lot of areas. I know there are some issues that people should see a professional counselor about, but a book like this can be a great tool for not only professional counselors, but also pastors.
The book starts out with a section defining and describing Christian counseling. There is a lot of information on counseling methods and processes in Christian counseling.
There are sections on different types of disorders, and ways to treat them. It covers everything from self esteem issues, dealing with abortion, and sexual issues, to personality disorders.
The book comes in at 572 pages, including the index. A complete book of this type would need a lot more pages, but from my poring through the book, I feel this is an excellent tool and help for anyone doing any kind of Christian counseling. I would highly recommend it to anyone doing counseling on any level.
About the authors:
Ron Hawkins, EdD, is a licensed professional counselor and serves on the executive board of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is professor of counseling as well as the vice-provost of distance learning and graduate studies at Liberty University and Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He is also the coauthor of Quick-Reference Guide to Biblical Counseling.
The Popular Encyclopedia of Christian Counseling is available from Harvest House Publishing.
Thanks to Harvest House for the review copy.