CBT and Christianity : Strategies and Resources for Reconciling Faith in Therapy.

Free, Michael L.
Hoboken : John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated, 2015.
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1st ed.

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Title page
Table of Contents
List of Figures
List of Boxes
List of Tables
About the Author
Author's Preface
Part 1: Rationale for the Use of the Teachings of Jesus in CBT
1 Introduction
A historical view of spirituality, religion and psychotherapy
The development and dominance of cognitive therapy as a psychotherapy
The importance of Christianity in the West
The appreciation of the role of non-specific factors in psychotherapy
Interest in the Buddhist technique of 'mindfulness'
Findings relating religious adherence to positive mental and physical health
The growing respect for cultural and individual differences
The decline of logical positivism and the rise of postmodernism and social constructionist theory
The question of a logical connection between cognitive therapy and the teachings of Jesus
A general outline of the book
2 Introduction to Cognitive Therapy
General aspects of psychotherapy
The basis of cognitive therapy
Beck's cognitive therapy
Rational emotive (behaviour) therapy
Schema therapy
Similarities amongst the three main schools of cognitive therapy
3 The Context of theTeachings of Jesus
Why we should consider the teachings of Jesus
The records of Jesus the person
The location of the teachings of Jesus
The approach taken in this book towards the teachings of Jesus
The historical context of the New Testament
The social context of the New Testament
Stages in the early dissemination of the teachings of Jesus
Jesus' own context
The written Gospels
4 What Did Jesus Teach: A Biblical Scholarship Approach
The purpose of the chapter
Problems with direct use of the Gospels
Summary of factors influencing the content of the Gospels.
The historical Jesus and the Jesus of faith (and the inerrancy of scripture)
Biblical scholarship: Tracking the words and deeds of Jesus
Conclusions about Jesus' life, circumstances and characteristic behaviour
Jesus' teachings as conveyed in words
The proverbial sayings (apophthegms/aphorisms)
Other kinds of sayings
5 Comparison of Jesus' Teaching with Cognitive Therapy: Part I: Logic
Topics in Chapter 5
Content and process of thinking
The nature of logic
Logic in cognitive therapy
Logic in the teaching of Jesus
A method for comparing cognitive therapy with the teachings of Jesus
Jesus' references to the use of logic
Comparison of Jesus' logic with cognitive therapy
6 Comparison of Jesus' Teaching with Cognitive Therapy: Part II: Content
The content of cognitive therapy
The content of Jesus' deeds
The content of Jesus' teachings as reported by experts
The implicational content in Jesus' teachings
Relationship of themes identified in the teachings of Jesus to cognitive therapy
Part 2: Approach to Using the Teachings of Jesus in CBT with Christians
7 A Schema-Centred Model of Psychological Dysfunction
Topics in Chapter 7
A schema-centred model of psychological dysfunction
Assessment as therapy
Choosing the intervention
Using the results of assessment in conjunction with the rest of this book
8 New Life in Cognitive Therapy
Topics in Chapter 8
Reasons for seeking therapy
Ways of doing therapy
The need to address Christian issues in therapy
Preliminary considerations for doing cognitive therapy with Christians
Use of the scriptures in cognitive therapy
Ways of using scripture in cognitive therapy
Making choices
Is it appropriate for a Christian to use logic?
Using logic like Jesus.
Jesus' view of logical errors
9 Introduction to Content Interventions
Overview of content intervention
Working with propositional content
Working with implicational content
Part 3: Resources for Using the Teachings of Jesus in CBT with Christians
10 Jesus and the Value of People
Topics in Chapter 10
Teachings relevant to the value of people
Social inclusion
Implicational work
Interpersonal considerations
The value of people
11 Relationship to God, the World and the Future
God, the world and the future
Acceptance and trust versus fear and anxiety
Knowing the future
Spiritual versus material concerns
The relationship of Jesus' teachings to the Jewish Law: Principle versus literal/old versus new
The inconsequential becomes greatly valuable
12 The Christian's Behaviour
Topics in Chapter 12
The relevance of Jesus' teaching to the Christian's behaviour
Commitment, allegiance, readiness
What is important versus what is not important
Assumption of status
Asking for desires/praying
Prophecy, signs, logic
The relationships amongst intention, fantasy, action and responsibility
13 Following Jesus: The Ongoing Dialectic
Dialectics in clinical psychology
Consistency between cognitive therapy and the teaching of Jesus
Assessment for treatment
Commitment to therapy
Using logic like Jesus
Content interventions
Tensions in the content of Jesus' teaching
Appendix 1
Appendix 2
Appendix 3
The Anchor Bible
The New International Commentary on the New Testament
The Sacra Pagina New Testament Commentary Series
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