A gospel-centered approach to critical thinking that can facilitate psychotherapeutic work and be edifying to faithful counselors and clients would be very beneficial. This article examines what a defensible approach to gospel-centered critical thinking about psychotherapy would look like, how it would differ from secular scholarly disciplines and practices, and whether it should differ at all. Because all critical thinking strategies are framed by a theoretical background of assumptions and values and because not all assumptions and values are true or useful, approaches to critical thinking must be carefully examined by those who would employ them. Latter-day Saint counselors and psychotherapists should evaluate the kinds of critical thinking they use in their practice and consider supporting and approach that is based on the truths of the restored gospel.
Jackson, Aaron; Yanchar, Steve; Hansen, Kristin; and Hansen, Jamie
"Critical Thinking in Applied Psychology: Toward an Edifying View of Critial Thinking in Applied Psychology,"
Issues in Religion and Psychotherapy: Vol. 34
, Article 10.
Available at: http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/irp/vol34/iss1/10