HSCO GDB #1: Points to Consider

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Points to Consider
by Dr. Brian Campbell, 2016

GDB Forum #1

 Question #1.  When you think of the area of human services counseling, per se, what do you think are the most important points made in the lecture that would encourage you to look for ways to use both psychology and theology/Christian spirituality in your human services counseling?

 Week #1 Lectures

·         All truth is God’s truth. 

·         Christian counselors seek truth in God’s two books.

·         Integration is a scholarly project.

·         There is no inherent conflict between the data obtained from psychology and the data obtained from theology.

·         Science is based on Christian Beliefs.

·         The Allies Model: Many people seek truth in both psychology and theology.

Week #2 Lectures (Question #1)

Christian worldview…

·         Human beings are temples of the Holy Spirit.

·         We exist in a “two-realm” world, not just one.

·         Problems clients have can reflect spiritual problems and spiritual warfare: sin; rebellion from God’s law; work of Satan, evil.

·         Solutions to problems: Grace; repentance; redemption; sanctification.

·         Solutions to problems: Communion with Christ; reconciliation; abiding in the Spirit; prayer.

·         The reality of sin.

·         The reality of our fallenness.

·         Not everything is not strictly determined by nature.  Some events are explained by God working in the world—God’s free will.

·         In psychology we think of therapeutic effectiveness; in theology, we think of salvation

·         Allies:  Open interaction between different perspectives results in best outcomes for clients.


Question #2.  Even if you work in a secular setting (such as a community mental health center) how can you utilize some of the elements of a “Christian” counseling approach (as defined in the lecture) in all human services counseling settings?

Week #1 Lectures (Question #2)

·         Non-specific factors help produce change.

·         Understanding our limitations.

·         We are not alone in the counseling process.

·         Studying God’s word outside the counseling setting and bringing in “Truth” where possible: The most authoritative way of knowing truth is God’s word.

·         Listening for God’s revelations to us regardless of the counseling setting.

·         Being aware of sin in our own lives and the possibility of being deceived.

·         Bring into the counseling setting: Honesty; self-awareness (know your gifts and flaws); diligence (persistently seek truth); be teachable (openness to new truth); respectful; responsible; and humble.