Accountability Psychology : From Integration to Biblical Consistency, from Selected Anecdotes to Compelling Evidence / Stephen Farra. [print]Material type: TextPublisher: [Unknown] : Self Published, (c)2018Description: 125 pages : 26 cmContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781983082542Subject(s): Cognitive Neuroscience -- Psychology | Biblical Psychology -- Christian BooksGenre/Form: Psychology. LOC classification: LB2341.F377.A236 2018
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Includes bibliographical references.
Moving Towards a Biblical and Scientific Psychology ; The Need for a New Paradigm ; The Biblical View of Human Beings ; Efficient, Biblically-Consistent Methods of Therapy ; Going to Scripture- First ; Compelling Evidence ; Procedures and Case Studies.
Mission Statement This short book works from the assumption that there actually is such a thing as a natural Biblical Psychology, unmistakably embedded in the pages of Scripture. We call it Accountability Psychology. It freely and powerfully springs forth from both the Old and New Testaments. Of the current models of therapeutic psychology, it most closely resembles Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Like Scripture, our biblically-consistent form of CBT does not put the emphasis primarily on emotions, or the troubled person’s past. Rather, it puts the emphasis on constructive thoughts and actions – leading to better life outcomes, short-term and long-term. The message of Scripture is not to “follow your feelings”, but rather is to “lead your feelings” through true thinking and responsible behaviors. The scriptural perspective is that we are not trapped by our past; rather, by the grace of God, we can “get past our past” and live a life of blessing and joy. The purpose of this short book is to uncover and highlight this natural Biblical Model of Human Psychology, and then to show how much of the empirical outcome research over the last 40 years fully supports it. Our many communities of faith in North America and Europe have been waiting a very long time for Accountability Psychology (or something very much like it) – an effective and efficient model of therapeutic psychology that is also biblically consistent. Together, we have waited and “waded” through Freudian, Jungian, Skinnerian, and Rogerian models of psychology for decades. Christian believers are more than ready for a psychology that is genuinely biblical and operationally powerful as a scientific psychology. As an operational model, Accountability Psychology may be unique in that it meets essential criteria in both areas – biblical and scientific.
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Stephen Farra was born in Delaware in 1951. His father (Robert) was a war hero, a missionary, an educator, and a businessman. With his family of origin, Stephen moved 14 times before he went off to college. Being exposed to many different people groups and their differing values helped spur his interest in human psychology. After graduating from Wheaton College and Graduate School with degrees in Philosophy, Psychology, and Communication, Stephen was married in 1974. He and his wife, Sharon, have six children and nine grandchildren (so far!). After receiving his PhD from the University of Minnesota in 1985, Dr. Farra served as a Licensed Consulting Psychologist and helped run two mental health clinics in the Brainerd Lakes area of MN from 1985 to 1995. Since then, he has served as Director of a Psychology Program at Columbia International University, an accredited, faith-based university in South Carolina. He has also taught Research Statistics for the University of SC. He serves on statewide research-evaluation panels, and has received statewide awards for excellence in teaching and evaluation. Using the same original materials he has used in his many university courses, and his notes from his sermons and adult Sunday School classes at various churches.