Counsellors

2017 European Counsellors Network

This year we will be considering some foundational questions. What is the relationship between secular psychology and Scripture? How can our work in counselling, psychotherapy, and soul care be truly Christian? How does our view of human nature shape our understanding of what has gone wrong - what we usually call psychopathology? And finally, how does our relationship with Christ affect our healing and growth and the way we do counselling. 

The network will be divided into two tracks, one for professional and training counsellors led by Richard Winter, and the other for those in predominantly pastoral counselling roles led by Glynn Harrison.   Each morning there will be a lecture by Eric Johnson addressing these topics with each track separately so that there can be appropriate application. For the other half of the morning each section will break up into smaller groups (with larger group feedback) for case studies, topical talks, and further discussion.

Prior preparation will be set for all applicants.

 

NETWORK LEADERS

Richard Winter is one of the leaders of the European Christian Counsellors Network. He is Professor Emeritus of Practical Theology and Counselling at Covenant Theological Seminary in St Louis, USA. He is also a psychotherapist and counsellor who was trained in medicine and psychiatry in England before being on the staff and a director of the English branch of the L’Abri Fellowship for 14 years. He is the author of books on boredom, depression, perfectionism, and reproductive technologies.  He is married, with four children and eight grandchildren.

 

Glynn Harrison was formerly Professor and Head of Department of Psychiatry, University of Bristol, UK, where he was also a practicing psychiatrist. Now, as an author and speaker, he is interested in issues at the interface between biblically-based faith and psychology, neuroscience, and psychiatry, as well as wider issues of culture and Christian worldview. His most recent book A Better Story: God, Sex and Human Flourishing turns a critical eye to the sexual revolution.

 

NETWORK SPEAKERS

Eric L. Johnson is Lawrence and Charlotte Hoover Professor of Pastoral Care at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and has been teaching Christian counselling there for 16 years. Before that he taught psychology and Christian worldview at Northwestern College in Minnesota for 10 years. He edited Psychology and Christianity: Five Views and was a co-editor of Evidence-Based Christian Counseling and Psychotherapy. He has written over 50 articles in psychology and theology, as well as, Foundations for Soul Care: A Christian Psychology Proposal and God and Soul Care: The Therapeutic Resources of the Christian Faith. Until recently he was the director of the Society for Christian Psychology,and he serves on the board of the Institute for Christian Psychology. Eric and his wife, Rebekah, have two grown children and two grandsons. He and his wife enjoy traveling, hiking, and biking, and they are members at Sojourn Community Church, where he does pastoral care part-time.

 

Pablo Martinez a Forum steering committee member and was one of the leaders of the European Christian Counsellors Network for several years. He currently works as a psychiatrist at a private practice in Barcelona. He has also developed a wide ministry as a lecturer, counsellor, and itinerant speaker. He has been a plenary Bible teacher in more than 30 countries. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the International Christian Medical and Dental Association (ICMDA) also serving as one of the organisation's vice presidents. He has filled the role of President of the Spanish Evangelical Alliance (1999-2009) and Professor of Pastoral Psychology at the Spanish Theological Seminary. He currently chairs the Ravi Zacharias Foundation in Spain. He has authored three books, Prayer Life: How Your Personality Affects the Way You Pray, now published in fourteen languages, Tracing the Rainbow: Walking Through Loss and Bereavement, and his latest, A Thorn in the Flesh: Finding Strength and Hope Amid Suffering (Inter Varsity Press, England). He is married to Marta.  More information at his website  www.Christian-thought.org

 

Jelena Sivulka was born and raised in Serbia, where she got her master’s degree in psychology and in theology. She became a Christian 25 years ago and a few years later got involved in ministry with her husband Greg, planting churches, distributing humanitarian aid, and partnering with Joni and Friends, serving people with disabilities. Jelena has also worked as a counsellor in Serbia’s schools and a social worker, and she is currently working as therapist in a medical clinic. She is the Founder and Director of the non-profit organisation Hana's Hope. She has been blessed with three children: Benjamin, Sara, and Hana, who has autism.


 

Ed Welch holds a PhD in counselling psychology with a neuro-psychology specialty from the University of Utah, as well as an MDiv from Biblical Theological Seminary. Ed has been counselling and teaching at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation for over thirty years and has written many books and articles on biblical counselling including, When People Are Big and God Is Small, Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave, Depression, Running Scared, Shame, Interrupted, and Side by Side: Walking with Others in Wisdom and Love. He and his wife, Sheri, have two married daughters and eight grandchildren. In his spare time Ed enjoys hanging out with his wife and extended family, and playing his guitar.

 

NETWORK PROGRAMME

Professional Track

Based on feedback collected from previous Forums, there is a significant request for more discussion and processing of the information presented in the Network to apply it to professional practice.   Therefore, the Professional Track will spend time each day discussing a relevant case study.  A speaker will introduce each study, which will then be discussed in small groups, and the speakers will answer questions and respond in conclusion. 

Day 1

Psychology and Christianity
Eric L. Johnson

Because contemporary psychology and counselling is fundamentally secular, Christians have developed a number of approaches towards contemporary psychology and psychotherapy. Summaries of the major positions of evangelicals will be presented, assessing the strengths and weaknesses of each model, focusing on an approach that combines sophisticated theology and a respect for science.

Case Study: Bereavement and Grief



Day 2

The Supremacy of God in the Care of Souls
Eric L. Johnson

Because the goal of modern psychotherapy is psychological healing using only human resources, it functions in some ways like a secular religion. While there are many things to learn from it, the triune God of Christianity has provided a very different framework for soul healing through Christ in which God is centrally involved. The therapeutic implications of this theocentric model for psychotherapy and counselling are explored.

Case Study: Suicide Attempt and Borderline Personality


Day 3

Towards a Christian Psychopathology
Eric L. Johnson

Human functioning can be disordered biologically, psychosocially, ethically, and spiritually. Therefore, a comprehensive model of psychopathology has to take into account Christian teachings on sin, suffering, and weakness in order to address its complexity. Treatment implications will be discussed.

Case Study: Depression



Day 4

Psychotherapy in Christ
Eric L. Johnson

Union with Christ in his life, death, resurrection, and exaltation gives Christians transcendent resources for the healing of their souls. Discussion will focus on how these resources can be utilised in Christian psychotherapy and counselling.

Case Study: Addiction

Pastoral Track

The pastoral track will focus on common pastoral issues, with the aim of building basic pastoral skills grounded in a biblical understanding, and approach to, to the human heart. We will also cover basic skills such as boundary setting, risk management, use of oversight, together with a basic knowledge of when to seek help from those with more expertise. Ed Welch will introduce us to the pastoral care of those suffering bereavement or dealing with addictions, and our two case discussions will focus on depression in older people and the challenge of those who self-harm.

Day 1

God's Words to the Bereaved
Ed Welch

We all suffer the loss of loved ones, and we all have some idea how to care for the bereaved. Yet we always want to find more words of hope, encouragement, and comfort in Scripture and in Christ, which is what we will do in this session.

Psychology and Christianity
Eric L. Johnson

Because contemporary psychology and counselling is fundamentally secular, Christians have developed a number of approaches towards contemporary psychology and psychotherapy. Summaries of the major positions of evangelicals will be presented, assessing the strengths and weaknesses of each model, focusing on an approach that combines sophisticated theology and a respect for science.



Day 2

Case Study: Depression in Older People
 

The Supremacy of God in the Care of Souls
Eric L. Johnson

Because the goal of modern psychotherapy is psychological healing using only human resources, it functions in some ways like a secular religion. While there are many things to learn from it, the triune God of Christianity has provided a very different framework for soul healing through Christ in which God is centrally involved. The therapeutic implications of this theocentric model for psychotherapy and counselling are explored.


Day 3

Addictions: From a Banquet in a Grave to God's Banquet
Ed Welch

Addictions are on the increase - most every era in history could make that observation. This session will review the essential teachings from Scripture that guide our care for those who feel enslaved.

Towards a Christian Psychopathology
Eric L. Johnson

Human functioning can be disordered biologically, psychosocially, ethically, and spiritually. Therefore, a comprehensive model of psychopathology has to take into account Christian teachings on sin, suffering, and weakness in order to address its complexity. Treatment implications will be discussed.



Day 4

Case Study: Helping People Who Self-Harm

Psychotheraphy in Christ
Eric L. Johnson

Union with Christ in His life, death, resurrection, and exaltation gives Christians transcendent resources for the healing of their souls. Discussion will focus on how these resources can be utilised in Christian psychotherapy and counselling.

 

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