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CONTENTS

Introductions - Dr. Robert Law and Malcolm Bowden

SECTION I - FOUNDATIONS AND FUNDAMENTALS

1. The basis of the book

  • A unique approach to counselling
  • Three propositions
  • Self-pity and self-centredness
  • The uniqueness of this book
  • The ultimate aim
  • Why God formed the churches
  • Marshall's article
  • Divisions of the book
  • Psychoanalysis, Psychotherapy, Psychiatry and Psychology
  • The anti-Christian bias

    2. Article - "Breakdowns are good for you"

    3. A chart of "Mental illness" behaviour - and its explanation

    4.Does it work?

  • The "God" dimension
  • (A) Christian cases
  • (B) Secular cases - Reality Therapy
  • ....Biblical Counselling and Reality Therapy - the vital difference
  • ....Aaron
  • ....Ventura School for Girls
  • ....Veteran's Psychiatric Hospital
  • ....Western State Hospital
  • ....A difficulty in Biblical counselling

    5. Is True Biblical Counselling too "confrontational" and "judgmental"?

  • For Christians only!
  • Criticisms of Biblical Counselling by Christians
  • Final authority of the Bible
  • Secular theories
  • Generating unwarranted guilt in counsellees?
  • Mowrer's garbled theology
  • They are our strengths!

    6. "Mental illnesses" examined

  • (A) Medical aspects of "mental illnesses"
  • (B) Schizophrenia and psychiatry - an examination.
  • .....The "dopamine hypothesis"
  • .....Is it genetically inherited?
  • .....The inadequacy of psychiatrists
  • .....The Pheonix conference
  • .....Harrington's controversial quotation
  • (C) Depression
  • .....Three articles -
  • .....Dr. Dorothy Rowe
  • .....Derek Draper
  • .....Cressida Connolly
  • (D) Multiple Personality Disorder

    SECTION II - PRELIMINARIES TO COUNSELLING

    1. Who should counsel?

  • .....Romans 15:14 - Can all counsel?
  • .....The counselling of men and women

    2. Who should be counselled?

    3. The 5 R's

  • (a) Responsibility
  • (b) Repentance
  • (c) Restitution
  • (d) Reconciliation
  • (e) Rebuilding on Christ

    4. The important spiritual dimensions - Prayer, Bible reading, meditation, churchgoing

    5. Motivation - mind, emotion, will, and conscience

    6. Training the autonomic nervous system

    7. The individual and social context of Biblical Counselling

  • .....Should we love ourselves first? - "Self-love" and "self-esteem"

    8. The place of humour

    SECTION III - THE COUNSELLING SESSION

    1. The basic approach

    2. Two important questions

    3. Evasion of guilt

  • The magic wand
  • The rubber stamp

    4. "Out of touch with reality"?

    5. Questions to ask

    6. Some frequent excuses

  • (a) "The fault of my personality"
  • (b) "I can't do it"
  • .......The 1M prize
  • (c) "I'm only human!"

    7. Medical aspects in counselling

    8. Counselling the non-Christian

  • The pirate ship

    9. An outline of a counselling session

    SECTION IV - SPECIFIC PROBLEMS

    1. Schizophrenia

  • Hallucinations and "hearing voices"

    2. Depression

  • Robert's depression
  • The rage in depression
  • Threats of suicide
  • The orthodox approach and the media
  • The forms of depression
  • The unstructured life
  • "Pull yourself together"
  • Richard Baxter's sermon
  • Post-traumatic stress counselling
  • Exercise

    3. Loneliness

    4. Fear, Stress and Anxiety

  • Overcoming panic and phobias
  • Pain, suffering and death
  • Shyness
  • Perfectionism
  • Losing face
  • Reaction to criticism

    5. Guilt - true and false

    6. Bereavement

    7. Drug taking

  • "Twenty years of recovery"
  • Alcoholism

    8. Problems in the workplace

    9. The raising of children

  • (A) Discipline
  • (B) Love
  • .....Counselling the child
  • .....Counselling the parents
  • .....The "broken homes" excuse

    10. Marriage

  • Male responsibility
  • Tolerance
  • Love
  • The "Conference table"
  • Divorce and remarriage (with flow chart for decision making)
  • Sexual problems

    11. Homosexuality

    12. Self-counselling for the reader with problems

    SECTION V - Some cases for practice

    Some cases for practice

  • 1. Anne's moody husband
  • 2. Bill has a problem with his new manager
  • 3. Clare's friendships
  • 4. Don's son is on drugs
  • 5. Elsie and marriage
  • 6. Fred's anger
  • 7. George and Grace - (Role playing)

    SECTION VI - APPENDICES

    1. Freud's fraudulent cases

  • - and Charcot's.

    2. The Final Analysis. A Freudian psychoanalyst reveals the dark secrets of his profession

    3. Secular psychiatry used in counselling by some Christians

  • Lawrence Crabbe
  • Gary Collins
  • ...- and others

    4. Other Christian counselling approaches examined

  • (A) Deliverance from demons
  • (B) "Healing of the memories", "Inner healing"
  • .....Jung and spiritism
  • (C) The "four temperaments"
  • (D) Medical "Healings"
  • .....The two periods of "Signs, wonders and miracles"

    5. Further questions answered

    6. An examination of Biblical characters and how God dealt with them

  • (1) The self-pity of Job and its baneful effects.
  • (2) Why did Cain murder his brother Abel?
  • (3) The self-pity of Nebuchadnezzar.
  • (4) The self-pity of Jacob.
  • (5) The self-pity of the Scribes and Pharisees, of Ahab and Haman.
  • (6) The self-pity of the Elder Brother.
  • (7) Self-pitying Ahitophel.
  • (8) Self-pitying Pharaoh.
  • (9) The self-pitying despair of Tamar.
  • (10) The self-pitying cowardice of Adam and Eve.
  • ......Their self-pitying preservation

    7. The Fall

  • Christ's Temptations examined

    8. Living the full Christian life - when miracles are rare! (With flow chart for decision making)

    9. How to kill worry - with a sharp knife!

    10. How the Christian should handle personal problems

    11. Problems in the church.

    12. The legal situation of counselling

    13. The mature Christian

    14. The balanced Christian

    15. The Trinity, Love and Suffering

  • The nature of true Christian (agape) love

    16. The True Biblical way to counsel an unbeliever to faith

    Answers to the practice cases

    Final thoughts

    Bible verses for counsellors.

    References
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