TITLE

Lay Christian Counseling and Client Expectations for Integration in Therapy

AUTHOR(S)
Garzon, Fernando; Worthington Jr., Everett L.; Siang-Yang Tan; Worthington, R. Kirby
PUB. DATE
June 2009
SOURCE
Journal of Psychology & Christianity;Summer2009, Vol. 28 Issue 2, p113
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
As lay approaches to Christian counseling have multiplied and become increasingly sophisticated, we hypothesize that these might affect expectations of conservative Christian clients for professional integrative psychotherapy. Accordingly, we review several models of lay counseling, broadly categorizing them into active listening, cognitive & solution-focused approaches, inner healing, and mixed models. We consider how client expectations for psychotherapy may be altered through their experiences with these approaches. Subsequently, we make recommendations for clinicians who deal with lay-counseling-experienced clients. These include doing a more detailed assessment of client lay counseling experiences and considering ethical aspects of treatment (informed consent and competency to treat).
ACCESSION #
44242219

 

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