Stephen P. Greggo: Assessment for Counseling in Christian Perspective

Christian Association for Psychological Studies Books

Assessment for Counseling in Christian Perspective
(IVP/CAPS Books, 2019)

WHO: Stephen P. Greggo, professor of counseling and chair of the counseling department at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

HE SAYS: “Our techniques may reflect best clinical practice and human ingenuity without being earthly of selfish or seeking dominance and autonomy.”

THE BIG IDEA: This book equips clinical and pastoral counselors to put assessment techniques into practical use, particularly with clients who are looking to grow in their identity with Jesus.

Part 1, “Reason for Assessment,” looks at defining the assessment task and presents assessment basics. In Part 2, “Background Information,” the author discusses forming a theological foundation, how multiculturalism impacts assessment standards, the case for redemptive validity and cultural identity and habits for holistic assessment.
“Assessment Selection and Administration” is Part 3, a deep dive into artisanship in conducting interviews, connecting in initial consultations, the cutting edge of selective therapeutic assessment and outfitting the clinician’s toolbox.
Part 4, “Results and Interpretation,” looks at gauging religions affections, calibrating the contours of a personality and recommendations.
The book concludes with appendices featuring forms and reports readers can use.

“The goal in counseling that has a Christian foundation is to honor the Lord and to assist in the equipping of the client to obtain the mind of Christ in all things.”

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