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McMinns Three Areas of Competence in Counselling

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With the advent of Christian Theology being incorporated into psychological counselling, comes an added dimension of pulling out wisdom from Christian doctrine and the scriptures. Initially, this may be seen as conflicting with various psychological theories, however, such wisdom from God and its meaning in the client’s personal life is just too significant to ignore. This integration may be the saving grace of the counselling session especially if the client believes in God. McMinn’s book shares some examples of counsellors who used psychological knowledge in their practice as well as those who preached about Christianity. Each counsellor may be effective one way or another, but somehow there is something lacking. Research has proven that integrating Christian teachings with psychological explanations is most effective in bringing about true healing. As if that were not enough, McMinn comes out with a third area of competence that Christian counsellors should develop, that of Spirituality and knowledge of the process of spiritual formation. The counsellor should be mature enough to discern the client’s level of spirituality and address him appropriately with the spiritual advise most relevant to his circumstance. McMinn believes that this third area completes the triumvirate of interdisciplinary integration in counselling, and the three elements joined together make it a powerful counselling approach that would effectively touch the core of the client. With that, psychological breakthroughs are bound to occur being the first stage of healing. McMinn gave the scenario of counsellors not having all three areas of competence. If a counsellor has been trained in psychological counselling but lacks the knowledge of Christian teachings and the spirituality that may go with it, then she will just be mouthing scripts and advise from a mental level, missing out on touching the client’s core. If he is adept in Christian Theology and can apply it to various situations but is not knowledgeable about possible psychological issues borne out of certain traumatic experiences from the client’s life, then the client will not gain full understanding of the symptoms he is experiencing. If the counsellor lacks spiritual maturity despite being knowledgeable on both psychological and Christian counselling, then she might not be able to fully reach the broken soul inside the client and imbue it with understanding, acceptance, humility and hope that his problem will be resolved with his own efforts and the grace of God. Concrete Response When I was younger, I was awed by evangelical preachers and how charismatic they were especially when they passionately preach on television. It was more amazing when I witnessed the miracles they performed healing the sick, the deaf and mute, the lame and all the other believers who put their trust in him and the Lord to heal them. I was disillusioned when one day I found out that one of the evangelists I idolized was caught up in a scandal for extortion and making so much money from the show which I have always believed to be a testament to God’s powerful mercy. McMinn’s book wrapped up a logical package for me to understand that it does not take just knowledge of theories and application, a degree from a prestigious university, fame and stature for a counsellor to