Stephen P. Greggo
Trinity Evangelical
Divinity School
Diane Langberg
Westminster
Theological Seminary
Mark R. McMinn
George Fox
University
Gary W. Moon
Westmont College
Thomas G. Plante
Santa Clara
University
Stuart W. Scott
The Southern
Baptist Seminary
Richmont
Graduate University

 

What are diverse ways of relating Christian faith and counseling method to real people in a clinical setting? Is there a “best” or “most effective” method? What are the tensions associated with this relationship, whether in a secular or faith-based context? How does the manner in which we conceptualize this process make a difference in the way we work with clients who have a range of mental, emotional, and spiritual challenges? At bottom, what transforms effective counseling into a distinctively Christian experience? And what, from a Christian standpoint, should be the goal of the clinical moment?

The last fifty years have been witness to significant ideological shifts and disagreements regarding religious faith, clinical methodology, and client care. These differences divide clergy and mental health professionals, specialists and generalists, biblical scholars and social scientists – at times to the detriment of those in the helping profession and those desperately seeking help.

Given the unique demands and constraints of the Christian counselor working in both secular and faith-based settings, the tasks of actively relating one's faith to one's work as a psychological healer and people-helper are complex and frequently difficult.  Often requiring great creativity, the expression of one's faith commitments authentically, faithfully, and with integrity in the counseling setting is among the most satisfying professional challenges a Christian counselor can experience.  For this reason, the support of fellow believers in the counseling community and the strategic tools of integration with which we can equip one another are vital – indeed, indispensable – in assisting Christian counselors in walking the line of moral and professional integrity.

“Into the Consulting Room” brings together leading representatives of five major approaches that seek to relate Christianity to the field of counseling. At this convocation renowned therapists will gather for a stimulating round of “show and tell.” Each consultant brings a unique vision of how Christian discipleship permeates one’s career as a helping professional.  Based on the new InterVarsity Press volume Counseling and Christianity: Five Approaches (scheduled for release in August of 2012), this colloquium takes various models of psychology and Christian faith from classroom to clinic, from concept to care, from therapeutic idea to clinical encounter.  This unique opportunity will allow participants to eavesdrop on helping professionals at the peak of their careers as they speak from within the counseling room. Attendees will be given both a background of the emergence of the various methodological positions and the importance these positions play in counseling practice and training.  Presenters will provide a summary of each view and offer a clinical demonstration of how it looks in the counseling office, while discussing how their perspectives impact a cluster of vital clinical issues.

Join us for this spirited conversation, in which counseling and Christian faith – and charitable debate – meet. “Into the Consulting Room” provides a rare – and refreshing – opportunity to discuss differences in counseling method within a Christian framework while providing clinical demonstration of contrasting approaches toward client care.
 

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Dr. J. Daryl Charles, Director | Bryan Institute for Critical Thought & Practice | 423.775.7265 | daryl.charles@bryan.edu