Mcminn Chapter Summary

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In the book Psychology, Theology and Spirituality in Christian Counseling by Mark McMinn (2011), the author discussed the integration of psychology, theology and spirituality. McMinn discussed how psychology, theology and spirituality integration can affect the client’s session as well as the work for the counselor. The author provided different techniques and methods in order to incorporate scripture, prayer, and redemption into the client’s session, spirituality and everyday life. However, McMinn also focused on difficulties that counselors may face while they are trying to integrate psychology, theology and spirituality. According to McMinn, 2011, “This is a book about counseling process and techniques. Although I will review a number of…show more content…
According to McMinn, 2011, “Prayer is more than a counseling technique. It is primary vehicle of growth in the spiritual life. Christian counselors who desire to use prayer as a vital part of their works must be committed to the spiritual disciplines of the inner life, including prayer, solitude and fasting” (McMinn, 2011, p. 105). The book Psychology, Theology and Spirituality in Christian Counseling, offers some techniques; meditating on scripture, silent prayer, praying during the pauses in conversation and encouraging clients to pray outside of the session that can be used when incorporating prayer into therapy sessions. Mediation on scripture assists with anger reduction and anxiety. Silent prayer can assist the counselor by decompressing during a difficult session or day. Praying during the pauses in conversation can assist the counselor with being spiritually focused in counseling. It also assist with keeping the counselor from unnecessary talking during a moment of solidarity. Encouraging prayer outside of the session assists both the clients and counselors. McMinn discussed the incorporation of scriptures in counseling sessions. He provided insight on the use of scripture in counseling. The counselor needs to be aware of the client’s need through assessment, as well as ethical standards. When using scripture in counseling sessions, the counselor must also be aware…show more content…
I would let the client express their desire to pray or mediate; whether in silence in the session or outside of the session. The next step is to explain to the clients that each person interpret scriptures differently I would not want the client to believe I am forcing my interpretations of scriptures on him/her. I would then use my skills learned in training to help the clients overcome any problems they are facing. I would also recommend my fellow staff to gain some training in order to better assist their

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