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IVP Christian Counseling Collection (4 vols.)



As a part of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies book series, each of these resources is designed to assist mental health professionals, pastors, or lay counselors in serving others spiritual, psychological, and relational needs. These authors’ approach to mental health recognizes the spiritual components of the self, divine dynamics of families, the gradual maturing in children, and also tackles difficult questions in how to best maintain a principled purity when working to bind up the broken. Gain a clearer perspective on the faith-filled and God-honoring task of counseling from a Christian worldview.

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  • Relates Scriptural principles to modern issues to promote healing
  • Shows a proven method to guide counselees through complicated issues
  • Integrates psychology with Christian spirituality

Product Details

  • Title: IVP Christian Counseling Collection
  • Publisher: IVP Academic
  • Volumes: 4
  • Pages: 1,878
  • Topic: Counseling

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Christian Counseling Ethics: A Handbook for Psychologists, Therapists and Pastors

  • Editor: Randolph K. Sanders
  • Publisher: IVP Academic
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 553

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The work of psychotherapy and counseling is full of ethical challenges and dilemmas. Responding to these situations with wisdom is critical, not only to ensure the professional’s credibility, but also for good therapeutic relationships and positive treatment outcomes for the counselee. Since its first publication, Christian Counseling Ethics has become a standard reference work for Christian psychologists, counselors and pastors and a key text at Christian universities and seminaries. This thoroughly revised edition retains core material on counseling ethics that has made it so valuable in a variety of settings. Now fully updated, it weighs and assesses new and emerging ethical issues in the field. For example, the current volume explores ethical issues involved in:

  • multiple relationships
  • confidentiality
  • documentation
  • therapist competence and character
  • addressing spiritual and value issues in therapy
  • teletherapy
  • individual and couples therapy
  • counseling with minors
  • psychological first aid after disasters
  • counseling crossculturally

In addition, the book considers dilemmas Christian therapists face in specific settings such as:

  • church-based counseling centers
  • government and military institutions
  • missions organizations
  • college counseling centers

This resource allows modern practitioners of the helping profession protect themselves and clients by maintaining proper ethics while providing counsel.

Randolph K. Sanders, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in independent practice in New Braunfels, Texas. He is the former executive director of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS) and served as an ex-officio member of the committee that revised the CAPS Statement of Ethical Guidelines. He is a noted writer and speaker on ethical matters in psychotherapy.

Christianity and Developmental Psychopathology: Foundations and Approaches

  • Editors: Kelly Flanagan and Sarah E. Hall
  • Publisher: IVP Academic
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Pages: 480

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Since its origin in the early 1980s, the field of developmental psychopathology has become a highly influential framework for approaching the clinical treatment of children. Until now there has been no effort to integrate this framework with a Christian understanding of psychopathology.

The essays in this volume break new ground by providing Christian mental health professionals with a theoretically and empirically sound basis for working with children, adolescents and families. Throughout the book, the authors explore three integrative themes, looking at children as divine gifts, as persons and as agents in their own development.

Given the deep biblical and theological interest in children and the “least of these,” there is great potential in this integrative work for mutual enrichment. Christian insights help to prevent the scientific study of the developmental process from being reductive. At the same time, research into the biological, sociocultural and psychological dimensions of human development can serve to inform and guide Christian practices of care and hospitality toward children and families. Christianity and Developmental Psychopathology makes an important contribution to a conversation that is still in its infancy.

Kelly Flanagan (PhD, Pennsylvania State University) is associate professor of psychology and PsyD program director at Wheaton College. Her areas of interest and research include developmental psychopathology, social development, peer relationships, and school-based mental health.

Sarah Elizabeth Hall (PhD, Pennsylvania State University) is assistant professor of psychology at Wheaton College. Her research interests are in the area of emotion regulation in children, specifically the development of emotion regulation in early childhood and relations between emotion regulation and psychopathology.

Family Therapies: A Comprehensive Christian Appraisal

  • Authors: Mark A. Yarhouse and James N. Sells
  • Publisher: IVP Academic
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 511

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Christian therapists doing family therapy have never had a resource to help them navigate the various family therapy theories from a Christian perspective—until now.

In this book Mark A. Yarhouse and James N. Sells survey the major approaches to family therapy and treat, within a Christian framework, significant psychotherapeutic issues. The wide array of issues covered includes:

  • crisis and trauma
  • marital conflict
  • separation, divorce and blended families
  • individual psychopathology
  • substance abuse and addictions
  • gender, culture, economic class and race
  • sexual identity

Calling for an integrated approach of “responsible eclecticism,” they conclude with a vision for Christian family therapy.

A landmark work providing critical Christian engagement with existing models of family therapy, this volume was written for those studying counseling, social work, psychology or family therapy. Family Therapies will also serve as an indispensable resource for those in the mental health professions, including counselors, psychologists, family therapists, social workers and pastors.

Mark Yarhouse (PsyD, Wheaton College) is the Hughes Endowed Chair and professor of psychology at Regent University where he directs the Institute for the Study of Sexual Identity and is a core faculty member in the doctoral program in clinical psychology. A licensed clinical psychologist, he practices privately in the Virginia Beach area, providing individual, couples, famil,y and group counseling.

James N. Sells (PhD, University of Southern California) is professor of counseling and director of the PhD program in counselor education and supervision at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where he has taught since 2005. He has served on the faculties of Northern Illinois University and West Texas A&M University, and he is also a licensed psychologist. He is the coauthor of Counseling Couples in Conflict and Family Therapies.

The Reciprocating Self: Human Development in Theological Perspective

  • Authors: Jack O. Balswick, Pamela Ebstyne King, and Kevin S. Reimer
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Publisher: IVP Academic
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Pages: 334

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On the basis of a theologically grounded understanding of the nature of persons and the self, Jack O. Balswick, Pamela Ebstyne King and Kevin S. Reimer present a model of human development that ranges across all of life’s stages: infancy, childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, middle adulthood and elder adulthood. They do this by drawing on a biblical model of relationality, where the created goal or purpose of human development is to become a reciprocating self—fully and securely related to others and to God.

Along the way, they provide a context for understanding individual development issues—concerns, tensions, worries or crises encountered by the self in the context of change. Awareness of these issues is most pronounced at developmental transitional points: learning to talk and walk, beginning to eat unassisted, going to school, developing secondary sexual physical features, leaving home, obtaining full-time employment, becoming engaged and then married, having a child for the first time, parenting an adolescent, watching children move away from home, retiring, experiencing decline in physical and mental health, and, finally, facing imminent death. The authors contend throughout that, since God has created human beings for relationship, to be a self in reciprocating relationships is of major importance in negotiating these developmental issues.

Critically engaging social science research and theory, The Reciprocating Self offers an integrated approach that provides insight helpful to college and seminary students as well as those serving in the helping professions. Those in Christian ministry will be especially rewarded by the in-depth discussion of the implications for moral and faith development nurtured in the context of the life of the church.

In this revised and expanded second edition, Balswick, King and Reimer have added research from developmental neuroscience and neuropsychology, which connects transitional behavior to a changing brain. They have also included a wealth of research on the moral, spiritual and religious dimensions of human development, in which they introduce the notion of reciprocating spirituality. In addition the authors engage with the burgeoning fields of positive and evolutionary psychology.

Jack O. Balswick (PhD, University of Iowa) is senior professor of sociology and family development at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He has twice received an American Senior Fulbright Scholar Fellowship. He has been associate editor of the Journal of Marriage and Family, Family Relations, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, and Review of Religious Research. He has authored or coauthored articles in over seventy professional publications and has presented papers at conferences around the world.

Pamela Ebstyne King (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is associate professor of marital and family studies and the Peter L. Benson Chair of Applied Developmental Science in the School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary. King’s primary academic interests are applied research at the intersection of human thriving and spiritual development. Her research includes studies on environments that promote thriving and the nature and function of spiritual development in diverse adolescents and emerging adults. She has conducted research funded by Biologos Foundation, John Templeton Foundation, and Tyndale House.

Kevin S. Reimer (PhD, Fuller School of Psychology) is a program administrator and faculty member in the School of Education, University of California, Irvine. Reimer completed postdoctoral fellowships at the University of British Columbia and Oxford.


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