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Theology for Better Counseling: Trinitarian Reflections for Healing and Formation

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At one time, Virginia Todd Holeman "Toddy" thought being biblically literate was all she needed and had little interest in what real theologians talked about. But in her counseling she found that clients pressed her for more.

They didn't just want what she had gained through training in the best theories and practices available for counseling. They asked hard theological questions often related to their suffering. As she describes it, they experienced a kind of "theological disequilibrium . . . which left them discouraged, disoriented and often distraught."

Holeman shows how deep and clear theological reflection can make a major difference in counseling practice. Not only can it shape who we are, it can also bring into greater alignment our theological commitments, our therapeutic practices and our professional ethics. All the while it can have the most practical effect on our counseling sessions.

In this volume Holeman guides counseling students, pastoral counselors and licensed mental health professionals into becoming as well-formed theologically as they are trained clinically.

  • Weaves theological insight and clinical wisdom together in a readable and practical book
  • Provides a practical, user-friendly, integration tool for use by Christian counselors with both Christian and non-Christian clients
  • Provides a bridge linking the languages of theology and psychology, demonstrating a theologically reflective model to integrate faith and counseling
  • Is All This Fuss about Theology Really Necessary?
  • A Metamodel of Theologically Reflective Counseling
  • A Theologically Reflective Counseling Relationship: The Triune God and Therapeutic Common Factors
  • Responsible Living: Personal Holiness and Theologically Reflective Counseling
  • Out of the Office and Into the Streets: Social Holiness, Social Justice, and Theologically Reflective Counseling
  • Just Forgive? The Atonement and Theologically Reflective Counseling
  • Seeing Now in Light of the Not Yet: Eschatology and Theologically
The great risk of twenty-first-century Christian counseling is becoming uprooted, neglecting the theological essence of our work. Dr. Holeman's book Theology for Better Counseling is an important corrective. She weaves theological insight and clinical wisdom together in this readable and practical book. I commend it to you.

—Mark R. McMinn, author, Sin and Grace in Christian Counseling and coauthor, Integrative Psychotherapy

Going well beyond the questions of when and how to make use of explicit spiritual resources in counseling, Holeman's model of theologically reflective counseling provides a practical, user-friendly, integration tool for use by Christian counselors with both Christian and non-Christian clients--that is, not dependent upon particular theological or theoretical persuasions.

—Heather Gingrich, associate professor of counseling, Denver Seminary

In Theology for Better Counseling, Holeman provides a bridge linking the languages of theology and psychology, demonstrating a theologically reflective model to integrate faith and counseling. Through case examples, jargon-free explanations and clear applications, this book provides a valuable tool for all who consider themselves Christian counselors.

—Judith A. Schwanz, Ph.D., professor of pastoral care and counseling, Nazarene Theological Seminary

  • Title: Theology for Better Counseling: Trinitarian Reflections for Healing and Formation
  • Author: Virginia Todd Holeman
  • Publisher: IVP Academic
  • Print Publication Date: 2012
  • Logos Release Date: 2018
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Counseling › Religious aspects--Christianity; Counseling › Theology
  • ISBNs: 9780830866045, 0830866043
  • Resource ID: LLS:9780830866045
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-09-29T03:18:24Z

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Dr. Virginia Todd Toddy Holeman is professor of Counseling. She has taught at Asbury Theological Seminary since 1995. Dr. Holeman received a Ph.D. at Kent State University. At Asbury Seminary, she has served as associate dean of the School of Theology (1999-2004); acting dean (2004-2005); and is presently the chair of the Counseling and Pastoral Care Department. She was the 2003-2004 recipient of the seminary’s Excellence in Distance Learning Teaching Award. Dr. Holeman is the past president of the Kentucky Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. She is a licensed psychologist in Ohio and a licensed marriage and family therapist and licensed professional counselor in Kentucky. She has earned several grant awards, including a $42,020 grant titled Making the Grade: Enhancing Learning Through Evaluation from the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theological Education. Dr. Holeman was also a member of the Wabash Center Teaching and Learning Colloquy for Mid-Career Theological Faculty (2007-2008) and a Wabash Workshop Teaching Scholar (1998). She has published several books, including her most recent, Inside the Leader’s Head (Abingon, 2008). Dr. Holeman’s research interests include interpersonal forgiveness, repentance and reconciliation, and integration of psychology and theology.

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