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Use of Prayer and Scripture in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Review Amanda Page Liberty University

benefits. Step three is to guide the client to recall vivid past painful or traumatic events. Step 5 is to wait on the Lord to minister to the client in whatever way the Lord deems appropriate. The counseling field is an area that requires continuous research and learning in order to best accommodate the clients we serve. Reviewing such articles is important so gain knowledge or to add to what we already know about a subject. Step four is to ask the Lord in prayer to minister to the client. The author discusses how to incorporate prayer and scripture into an informed consent before either of them are ever brought into session. and limitations to using prayer and scripture in conjunction with cognitivebehavioral therapy (CBT) are discussed. Step 6 is to close in prayer and step 7 . Tan (2007) explains there can be a significant benefit when prayer and scripture are added to CBT but it may not be appropriate for every client or every session. the importance. Tan (2007) specifically discusses inner healing prayer and outlines a seven step approach to using it in session with a client. The author explains some different ways that prayer can be integrated in sessions if it is appropriate and provides some examples to what each might look like (Tan. Step one for the inner healing prayer technique is to pray for protection from evil. 2007).Running head: USE OF PRAYER AND SCRIPTURE IN 2 Use of Prayer and Scripture in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Review This paper is to review the article titled “Use of Prayer and Scripture in CognitiveBehavioral Therapy” written by Stang-Yang Tan. Step two is to guide the client into a relaxed state using relaxation strategies. Summary In the article titled “Use of Prayer and Scripture in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy”.

Tan (2007) provides examples of modified uses for scripture in session and situations in which modified uses may be more appropriate. 2007). their efficacy is maximized (Tan. 2007). it may violate the trust a client has for their counselor if such things are used inappropriately. it would be very inappropriate to omit the use of prayer and scripture from informed consent in the case that your client is an atheist (Tan. For example. Tan also provides an example session using the technique as he reports verbatim all processes through the session (Tan. when they are combined appropriately with CBT. Tan (2007) goes on to discuss the appropriateness of using scripture in therapy and provides examples of when it may not be appropriate. A counselor can still use prayer with a client who is not spiritually connected or who is considered inappropriate for open prayer by praying for the client privately instead of openly with the client (Tan. there are times where parts of inner healing prayer could further hurt a client than help them. The main point made by Tan (2007) is that scripture and prayer can be effective in 3 the counseling process. If a client is not informed that the counselor may incorporate things that may be against their belief system. Interaction It seemed odd to question why prayer or scripture would ever be appropriate in any situation. especially a helping relationship. 2007). however. One of the most important parts of therapy is the relationship between counselor and counselee. Understanding that there really are such times in which either of these may be inappropriate is very important. 2007) .Running head: USE OF PRAYER AND SCRIPTURE IN is to debrief with the client. A client with schizophrenia who experiences visual auditory hallucinations may not do well with imagery or waiting for the Lord’s ministry. Additionally.

The counselor would guide the client to stay with the painful event and feelings and not try to push them away. 2007). If such clients are to use a twelve step program which requires you to believe in a higher power. For a specific example of application we will use the situation of a client who is experiencing transference issues with a co-worker who reminds her of her abusive mother. The counselor would begin guiding the client to a state of relaxation using specific techniques. For example. it may be critical for a counselor to understand how to incorporate this with a full understanding of how to do so appropriately (Tan.Running head: USE OF PRAYER AND SCRIPTURE IN The main interest for selecting this article was to further understand the appropriateness of prayer and scripture in the counseling session. There are counseling settings which integrating prayer can be as difficult as it is necessary. the counselor would pray with the client to protect them from evil while examining the issue. A request to the Lord through prayer to minister to the client while they are in this painful state in any way he see appropriate would be performed. After the client agrees the counselor would then ask the client if she is alright with beginning with prayer. Application In order to apply what was learned from the article to a client in a clinical setting one 4 would first take all necessary measures to add use of prayer and scripture to the informed consent form. drug and alcohol counseling is an area where the majority of clients have lost touch with their spirituality and regaining it can be critical to their recovery. The counselor would then guide the client toward recalling the painful events of her abusive childhood in vivid detail. To apply Inner Healing Prayer the counselor would first ask the client if it is alright if prayer is used to explore the issue. At this time. The counselor would then guide the client to wait for the Lord to bring healing and .

Journal of Psychology and Christianity. 101-111. The counselor and client would then 5 pray to close. (2007). 26 (2). References Tan. 2007). After the closing prayer was completed. S. This would also be a good time for the counselor to encourage the client to continue to do this on their own if appropriate (Tan. the client and counselor would debrief the process of events that took place. .Running head: USE OF PRAYER AND SCRIPTURE IN truth to the client about the painful memories or problem. Use of prayer and scripture in cognitive-behavioral therapy.