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Modern Psychotherapies: A Conversation about Truth, Morality, Culture & a Few Other Things That Matter [Hardcover]

By Stanton L. Jones (Author) & Richard E. Butman (With)
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Sorely needed critique of theories behind counseling from an explicitly Christian viewpoint: philosophical underpinnings, models of personality, symptoms of health and abnormality in Jung, Adler, Rogers, psychoanalysis, family therapy, and more.

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First Christians feared and avoided the modern practice of psychotherapy. Then many uncritically embraced it. This book represents an emerging third stage in the complicated relationship between faith and psychology. That stage is the critical, theologically informed appropriation of psychotherapy. Stanton Jones and Richard Butman, respected Christian scholars and experienced clinical psychologists, survey the thirteen most significant psychotherapies now in use. They fair-mindedly introduce each therapy and evaluate its compatibility with orthodox Christianity. Opening and closing chapters discuss foundational concerns on the intergration of psychology and theology, and present the author's justification of "responsible eclecticism." Among the first of its kind, this comprehensive volume will be of invaluable assistance to teachers, students of psychology, and Christian psychologists and counselors.

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Studio: IVP Academic
Pages   425
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.3" Width: 6.47" Height: 1.49"
Weight:   1.83 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2000
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN  0830817751  
ISBN13  9780830817757  

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Stanton L. Jones is provost and professor of psychology at Wheaton College. He has written numerous books and articles on the interface of the science and profession of psychology with Christianity, including Psychology: A Student's Guide and a prominent article in the journal American Psychologist.

David S. Dockery (PhD, University of Texas) is the president of Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois, following more than eighteen years of presidential leadership at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. He is a much sought-after speaker and lecturer, a consulting editor for Christianity Today, and the author or editor of more than thirty books. Dockery and his wife, Lanese, have three sons and six grandchildren.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Modern Psychotherapies: A Comprehensive Christian Appraisal?

ok  Nov 24, 2007
The book is OK I guess - It's a text for a course I was doing. I was in good condition when I got it.

If you have to buy go ahead. It has proven useful.
Modern Psychotherapies  Aug 10, 2007
Excellent book. I thought this book was well written and the authors covered the theories in a comprehensive manner. I enjoyed reading the theories from a Christian perspective. I highly recommend this for anyone who may be studying psychology.
Combines scholarly discussion with Biblical insights  Aug 7, 2001
I have just completed my classes for a doctorate in counseling psychology and have had dozens of books assigned as texts over the years. To be honest, most of them sit in one of my "backroom" bookcases. This book is one of the exceptions.

This work covers the major theories of pscyhotherapy and makes you feel like someone who has a firm grasp of them when you read it. The review from a Biblical viewpoint really gives you a lot to think about. The authors are also very objective, not showing favorites among the various schools of thought. This book is a must for every student and teacher of counseling and psychology.

Exceptional book for both Christian and Secular readers  Apr 4, 2001
I'm a psychologist in training, and have many books reviewing various psychotherapies on my shelves, but this remains one of my favorite resources. It explores a number of therapeutic approaches, first by reviewing the thoughts of the approach's founder, then by discussing modern uses. These writeups are useful regardless of whether or not you're looking for a Christian view of the different approaches.

At the end of each chapter, there is a section discussing the approaches as they relate to foundational Biblical principles. This is not a text whose purpose is to spout opinions or dogma; it serves as a strong and rational look at the different aspects of each approach discussed. The reader will come away with a better understanding not only of modern psychotherapeutic approaches, but also with which aspects of those approaches are Biblical in nature, which aren't, and why. Particuarly useful for those building an integrative or electic foundation, or who wish to base their chosen orientation on Biblical principles.

Insightful Christian Perspectives on Psychotherapy  Feb 17, 2001
This is an excellent work that sifts through the truth and error of various theories of psychotherapy. Drs. Jones and Butman identify the theoretical perspective and analyze their basic tenets against the revealed truth of Scripture. As is often the case, there is both value and grievous error in most theoretical perspectives. I used this as an optional text in a class I taught on counseling theories, and found it to be an effective tool for learning. Dr Stanton Jones has published a number of respected articles in the area of psychology and theology, and this book reflects a depth of scholarship without undue density.

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