NANC Biblical Counseling. Lesson #2 Comparison of Counseling Models & Introduction to the Process of Change. Guidelines for Evaluating Counseling Models:. What is their epistemology? Intuition – feelings, “you just know its true” Reason – logic, humanist ideology, statistics
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Comparison of Counseling Models &
Introduction to the Process of Change
Epistemology is essential because it usually reveals the counselor’s presupposition, or “starting point” for developing their counseling model
“Psychiatric medication is not treating a verifiable chemical imbalance in the brain. Contrary to public perception, psychiatric medications are not chemical bullets that target one particular brain chemical. They are more like chemical blitzkriegs, strafing chemical sites in the brain and hoping for the best.
The brain is simply too complex and is sustained by too many chemicals for us to be able to pinpoint chemical imbalances with our current level of knowledge. The most we can reliably say is that psychiatric medication may minimize some symptoms, but it is not necessarily treating a chemical deficiency.” – Ed Welch, Blame it on the Brain, 109-110.
“Psychology should be a legitimate and very useful neighbor to the pastor. Psychologists may make many helpful studies of man (e.g., on the effects of sleep loss). But psychologists – with neither warrant nor standard from God by which to do so – should get out of the business of trying to change persons. It can tell us many things about what man does, but not about what he should do” – Jay Adams, Competent to Counsel, p. 12
Second work of grace
Post-salvation commitment (Keswick)
Second work of grace (Pentecostal)