Clinical Use of Explicit Religious Approaches: Christian Role Integration Issues

Hathaway, William L.
June 2009
Journal of Psychology & Christianity;Summer2009, Vol. 28 Issue 2, p105
Academic Journal
Christian counseling and soul care is a broad and ancient part of Christianity that predates the contemporary mental health professions. In recent years, explicitly religious interventions have been increasingly advanced as tools for treatment and, in some cases, as entire treatment protocols. These approaches have been utilized by lay Christian counselors and by Christian mental health professionals. This article explores factors that may impact when it is appropriate to use such methods. Considerations include standards of evidence based practice, accountability to professional bodies, and whether the treatment is being used in lieu of standard treatments or adjunctively. The article concludes with a discussion of the issue of role integration: the attempt to live faithfully both as a Christian and in a secular role that one has adopted.


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