The Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology and Counseling, 2nd ed. incorporates the latest findings from the most capable authors on key topics, issues, and movements in the field of psychology. With over 1,400 entries (articles and cross-references), this massive volume contains resources the Christian psychologist or counselor needs to identify disorders, trends, techniques, and other essential concepts. And each article has been reviewed for the second edition to reflect the current literature in the field.
The Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology and Counseling has established itself as one of the premier resources for pastors, counselors, and Christian psychologists. This second edition has an added benefit for pastors and counselors: to address the unique challenges they face, a new category of articles exploring the many aspects of pastoral care and counseling has been added. These include articles on grace and pastoral care, the role of the Holy Spirit in counseling, legal issues in counseling, and pastoral care of the sick.
The trustworthiness of psychology has long been debated in Christian communities. With the Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology and Counseling, you’ll have a dependable source of information for every facet of the theory and practice of contemporary psychology. The work derives its strength from its numerous contributors writing on their areas of expertise from a Christian perspective.
Praise for the Print Edition
An all-star cast of Christian psychologists offer state-of-the-art synopses of their field's major concepts, theories, and therapies. A valuable resource for any Christian student, scholar, or practitioner of psychology.
— David Myers, professor of psychology, Hope College
In these postmodern days, mental health professionals have suddenly gained interest in the spiritual, but many seem to be ethereal meanderers desperately in need of theological roots. This volume provides counselors, pastors, educators, and students with relevant information solidly rooted in Christian theology and well-established psychological principles. Covering a wide range of topics--from advice giving to ethnic identity--each entry is authored by a respected professional with a Christian worldview. The Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology and Counseling should be the standard desk reference book for Christians working in mental health and pastoral care.
— Mark R. McMinn, Ph.D.; Dr. Arthur P. Rech and Mrs. Jean May Rech Professor of Psychology, Director, Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, Wheaton College
A classic has just become better! The substantial content of this new edition will make it an even more useful treasure-house of information for the Christian mental health professional.
— James R. Beck, Denver Seminary
The second edition of The Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology and Counseling , written from a Christian perspective, is a great resource and reference work. Editors David Benner and Peter Hill are to be commended for a job well done!
— Siang-Yang Tan, professor of Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary
The second edition of The Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology and Counseling is a comprehensive compendium of knowledge about psychology written by noted experts. Coverage is up-to-the-minute. This will be an invaluable reference book for years. I heartily recommend it to practicing mental health professionals, academicians, trainees, and libraries.
— Everett L. Worthington Jr., professor of Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University
I have always held this work in the highest regard and consider it to be one of the decade's most invaluable resources. It is exceptionally comprehensive, and the second edition even surpasses the first. What I particularly value about the encyclopedia is that it is a phenomenal resource for integrating psychology and theology. The contributors are all outstandingly integrative and not only present the facts about psychology but critique these facts forthrightly and helpfully. Any Christian concerned for the truth about the human condition, not just those in the helping professions, will find this outstanding publication a great resource. I certainly have. Aside from its value to Christians I believe the encyclopedia is also a great resource for all psychologists and counselors. In fact I have recommended it to some of my non-Christian contacts on several occasions.
— Archibald D. Hart, Ph.D., FPPR., professor of psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary
This is a monumental work! It is finely organized (alphabetically), well summarized, and complete--a collection of definitions and concise explanations of both psychiatric and psychological theories and persons. It is accurate, well documented, and highly readable, and its biblical perspective gives it special usefulness for Christian therapists. The Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology and Counseling is a necessity for ministers, counselors, and students of the mental health sciences.
— Grace H. Ketterman, M.D.
Since 1985 The Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology and Counseling has been the single-volume reference for a comprehensive treatment from a Christian perspective. With this second edition the best is now better. David Benner and Peter Hill are pillars of academic integrity (and endurance) in the integration field.
— Gary W. Moon, president, Psychological Studies Institute
The Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology and Counseling is a must-have reference tool for Christian counseling professors, clinicians, pastors, and students.
— Timothy Clinton, President, American Association of Christian Counselors
The Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology and Counseling is a must for any person involved in pastoral or Christian counseling. Not only does this second edition contain what one would expect in an encyclopedia, but it also includes articles to bless and equip the counselor. . . . I heartily recommend this valuable tool. It is a must for any serious counselor’s library and will be of use for many years to come.
— Tom Gill, Ministries Today
The Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology and Counseling factually presents the major current findings in the field, treated comprehensively from a Christian point of view.
— Journal of Christian Healing
- Title: Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology and Counseling, Second Edition
- Editors: David G. Benner and Peter C. Hill
- Publisher: Baker
- Publication Date: 1999
- Pages: 1,278
About the Editors
David G. Benner (Ph.D., York University; C.Psych., College of Psychologists of Ontario) is professor of psychology at Redeemer College. Dr. Benner serves as chief psychologist for a children's mental health center and is the founding director of the Institute for Psychospiritual Health. He has written numerous books, including Strategic Pastoral Counseling and Care of Souls.
Peter C. Hill (Ph.D., University of Houston) teaches psychology at Grove City College. He has published a number of scholarly articles.