Keywords

psychotherapy, Christian, psychology, spirituality

Abstract

James Skillen has written an important and broad- ranging article about the place of Christian counseling in public settings. I will focus my brief comments on what I regard as some of the implications of the following statement: "You ought to be able to conduct your counseling and psychiatric practices in a thoroughly Christian manner within a public or semi-public accrediting system that provides public-legal protection and equal access for a diverse range of professional and disciplinary approaches. You should not have to stuff your practice into a private box if it is distinctively Christian any more than another professional should have to stuff her practice into a private box because it is too Freudian, or too behavioristic, or too atheistic."

Original Publication Citation

Richards, P. S. (2009). The need for ecumenical, denominational, and empirically-supported Christian psychotherapy approaches in public settings. Edification: Journal of the Society for Christian Psychology, 3, 25-27.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2009

Publisher

Edification: Journal of the Society for Christian Psychology

Language

English

College

David O. McKay School of Education

Department

Counseling Psychology and Special Education

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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