Liberty University Integration of Spirituality and Counseling Book Review

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1. Hawkins & Clinton Book Review Instructions

You must complete a book review of The New Christian Counselor: A Fresh Biblical and Transformational Approach by Hawkins & Clinton that will include 3 sections (summary, analysis, and application). Use the included template and utilize current APA citations as indicated on the template.

Summary (35 points)

In the summary section (at least 1 page) identify the 8–10 most important concepts of the book. That is, if you could boil down the most important points in the Hawkins & Clinton book, and explain them to a friend, what would they be? Do not just list chapter titles or book sections but summarize the main points in a way that indicates adequate understanding of the Hawkins & Clinton approach to integrative counseling. When you present your ideas, consider highlighting your main points—italics, sub-headings, etc. – to make it easier to pick out the concepts you have chosen.

Analysis (15 points)

In this section (approximately 1 page) consider the Module/Week 2 lecture discussion on the models of integration (you may also consult the “Comparing the 5 Views Christians Take to Psychology” PowerPoint or the “The Integration of Psychology and Christianity” document for this section) and explain how you would describe the integration approach of Hawkins & Clinton. What model of integration do you think their approach represents? Would Hawkins & Clinton identify psychological issues apart from spiritual issues, or are they all the same? How important is psychological theory and research in the Hawkins & Clinton approach?

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Application (20 points)

In this section (at least 1 page), you must demonstrate how you would apply some of the principles discussed by Hawkins & Clinton to counseling in a human services setting.

Review this description of a typical day in the life of a human services counseling professional working in a community agency:

On a daily basis in your agency, you will work with clients with diagnoses of major mental illnesses, many of whom also engage in pervasive substance abuse. Your clients will have numerous dysfunctional relationships and, as a result, most will exhibit a lack of trust. Many have poor self-management skills, often neglecting to take medications, show up for work, etc. Some cannot even adequately complete activities of daily living (ADL’s). Legal problems are often part of your challenges as is homelessness. Your clients may be poor problem solvers and easily get into petty confrontations with others.

As you seek to integrate psychological theory and research with biblical theology/Christian spirituality in your practice as a human services counselor, what concepts from the Hawkins & Clinton book would you be able to apply? Keep in mind that some of you will work in secular agencies, while others will work in faith-based agencies. Although you can draw in concepts from the whole book, try to focus primarily on the first 3 chapters of the Hawkins & Clinton book. Mention and explain at least 5 concepts from the text that you would find helpful as you deal with your clients. Make sure your application has taken into account the typical human services counseling needs mentioned above. Present your 5 concepts in such a way that the main points are obvious to the reader—consider using italics, or sub-headings to highlight the main points.

Keep in mind that while the template with correct APA formatting is provided, you must present your ideas using professional (graduate level) writing. Writing quality/correct APA will count for 30 points of your total. Note that page length is suggested; you will not be penalized for going over the suggested length unless the longer length reveals poor writing. Sections shorter than the suggested length may indicate inadequate content.


2. McMinn Book Review Instructions

You will complete a book review of Psychology, Theology, and Spirituality in Christian Counseling by McMinn that consists of 4 sections, each with a current APA heading. Use the provided template which has a correct title page, headings, and examples of in-text citations, and reference page (McMinn listed as the reference). You will not use any additional sources for this paper.

Summary (25 points)

The McMinn book can be divided into 2 broad “parts.” The first part comprises chapters 1–2 and in those chapters, McMinn lays down a foundation for the rest of the book. In your summary of the first 2 chapters, explain the essential elements in McMinn’s approach to the integration of psychology, theology, and spirituality into counseling. If you had to identify the most important concepts in McMinn’s foundation, what would they be? Present your points clearly, with ideas organized by paragraphs. The second part of the book comprises the application chapters (chapters 3–8). In your summary of these chapters, identify the most important elements of each chapter that best characterize McMinn’s approach to integration. Consider using a separate paragraph for the summary points from each of the chapters. For length, the first section of your paper should be the longest section (1–2+ pages suggested).

Personal Reflection (10 points)

We often remember what speaks to us personally. Pick out a few concepts from McMinn that most resonated with you and tell us why they touched you personally. Make sure you provide a clear tie-in to a main point from McMinn. Do not just tell a personal story prompted by secondary points – stick to the main ideas. Make this section approximately 1 page.

Analysis (10 points)

What did you find truly unique about McMinn’s approach? What was most helpful? What suggestions from McMinn will be most difficult to utilize in your own counseling? In this section, pick out 3–5 unique ideas (generally not found in every other book on Christian counseling) and explain why you found them unique, or difficult, absolutely essential, or impossible to apply, etc. Highlight the 3–5 unique points to make them obvious to the reader and make this section approximately 1 page. What you write in this section must exhibit that you read this book thoughtfully.


Application (25 points)

Think of how you would apply concepts from this book to your work as a human services counselor. First, briefly describe the setting in which you will most likely work (or presently do work)—community services agency, hospital, adoption agency, church counseling center, probation office, etc. Then for your particular agency, list at least 5 important concepts from McMinn that you most likely will apply in your work on that setting. Briefly explain how you would apply McMinn’s concepts. Why did you choose those particular concepts? You could also explain the challenges you might face as you seek to integrate psychology/theology/spirituality into your human services counseling. In this section, provide a numbered list of concepts. This section should be approximately 1 or more pages.

Keep in mind that while the template with correct and current APA formatting is provided, you must present your ideas using professional (graduate level) writing. Writing quality and APA will count for 30 points of your total. Note that page length is suggested; you will not be penalized for going over the suggested length unless the longer length reveals poor writing. Sections shorter than the suggested length may indicate inadequate content.

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1 School of , Liberty University Author Note I have no known conflict of interest to disclose. "" Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Email: 2 Abstract Keywords: 3 APA Headings Level Format 1 Centered, Boldface, Title Case Heading Text starts a new paragraph. 2 Flush Left, Boldface, Title Case Heading Text starts a new paragraph. 3 Flush Left, Boldface Italic, Title Case Heading Text starts a new paragraph. 4 Indented, Boldface Title Case Heading Ending With a Period. Paragraph text continues on the same line as the same paragraph. 5 Indented, Boldface Italic, Title Case Heading Ending With a Period. Paragraph text continues on the same line as the same paragraph. Thus, if the article has four sections, some of which have subsections and some of which don’t, use headings depending on the level of subordination. Section headings receive level one format. Subsections receive level two format. Subsections of subsections receive level three format. For example: 4 References Hawkins, R., & Clinton, T. (2015). The new Christian counselor: A fresh biblical and transformational approach. Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers. McMinn, M. R. (2011). Psychology, theology, and spirituality in Christian counseling (Rev. ed.). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House. 1 School of , Liberty University Author Note I have no known conflict of interest to disclose. "" Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Email: 2 Abstract Keywords: 3 APA Headings Level Format 1 Centered, Boldface, Title Case Heading Text starts a new paragraph. 2 Flush Left, Boldface, Title Case Heading Text starts a new paragraph. 3 Flush Left, Boldface Italic, Title Case Heading Text starts a new paragraph. 4 Indented, Boldface Title Case Heading Ending With a Period. Paragraph text continues on the same line as the same paragraph. 5 Indented, Boldface Italic, Title Case Heading Ending With a Period. Paragraph text continues on the same line as the same paragraph. Thus, if the article has four sections, some of which have subsections and some of which don’t, use headings depending on the level of subordination. Section headings receive level one format. Subsections receive level two format. Subsections of subsections receive level three format. For example: 4 References Hawkins, R., & Clinton, T. (2015). The new Christian counselor: A fresh biblical and transformational approach. Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers. McMinn, M. R. (2011). Psychology, theology, and spirituality in Christian counseling (Rev. ed.). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House.
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Running head: INTERGRATION OF SPIRITUALITY AND COUNSELING

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Integration of spirituality and counseling: Hawkins & Clinton Book Review and McMinn

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Integration of Spirituality and Counseling
Hawkins & Clinton Book Review
Summary
The book The New Christian Counselor: A Fresh Biblical and Transformational
Approach authored by Hawkins & Clinton (2015) explores critical concepts applicable to
integrative counseling. It demonstrates the utility of resources and theories in areas such as
Christian counseling. The authors explain that the main objective of a counselor working in
secular and faith-based agencies is to uphold professionalism and Christianity while remaining
aware of the conduct and emerging practices in the counseling profession. The concepts
expressed in the book aim at enabling healing, spiritual growth, and transformation in people.
This section explores the main ideas that apply to integrative counseling.
Concept 1
As indicated in the text, the counselor should continuously learn and implement new
knowledge. The authors explain that a counselor is responsible for ensuring personal learning
that reforms his or her thoughts and choices. Counselors should then apply the latest knowledge,
with the influence of the Holy Spirit, in imparting change in client’s lives (Hawkins & Clinton,
2015). Therefore, the use of recent concepts is core to building efficiency in the counseling
landscape.
Concept 2
The Christian counselor should assist clients in becoming fully committed followers of
Christ. He/she is tasked with helping the client experience God’s forgiveness and power. This
concept is the ultimate goal of a Christian counselor. This concept emphasizes the utility of

INTEGRATION OF SPIRITUALITY AND COUNSELING
scripture in the field of counseling. It is through the use of scripture that counselors could help
their clients experience God’s mercy in forgiveness.
Concept 3
God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit all have a role in the counseling process. The
Father offers loves in the valley, through it, and after. The Holy Spirit helps people overcome
life’s struggles while the Son grants grace, forgiveness, and peace that surpasses human
understanding (Hawkins & Clinton, 2015). This concept implies that counselors ought to be
conversant with religious concepts, such as the Holy Spirit, that are relevant in faith-based
counseling.
Concept 4
The counseling process should fulfill the three dimensions of the soul, which include
physical, spiritual, and psychological. This combination constitutes a holistic approach to
healing. After the counseling process, the client achieves physical, psychological, and spiritual
healing in equal measure. Therefore, the use of scripture in counseling is part of ensuring
counseling clients attain stability in all aspects of health.
Concept 5
The healing process involves focusing on vertical and horizontal relationships. Vertical
relationships involve God, while horizontal ones involve other people. This focus is critical in
achieving healing, repairing, and rebuilding positive relationships that contribute to holistic
healing in the emotional, spiritual, and physical levels (Hawk...


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