Welcome to the Society for Christian Psychology!
Learn about about our mission to work out a distinctly Christian psychology. Inside the website you’ll find:
- A weekly Blog. Earl D. Bland, Psy.D., is our blogger for the month of March. Earl is a licensed psychologist, professor of psychology, and Dean of the School of Behavioral Sciences and Counseling at MidAmerica Nazarene University where he teaches undergraduate and graduate students along with coordinating the Spiritual Formation & Counseling emphasis. In addition, Earl teaches at the Greater Kansas City Psychoanalytic Institute and the Brookhaven Institute for Psychoanalysis and Christian Theology. Earl is the editor (with Brad Strawn) of Christianity and Psychoanalysis: A New Conversation, published by IVP (2014).
- A growing list of resources, including information about Christian psychology, ancient and contemporary Christian psychologists, sample articles, recommended books, sister organizations and institutions, and .pdf copies of our journal, Christian Psychology, and copies of our newsletter, Soul & Spirit
- Conferences of the SCP and other related organizations
- Grant and research opportunities
- Information on how to become a member of the Society. Consider partnering with us in the project of a radically Christian vision and practice of psychology.
News & Announcements:
We mourn the loss of Leanne Payne, who died on February 18, 2015. She was a leader in the healing prayer movement for over thirty years and was the founder and president of Pastoral Care Ministries (now called Ministries of Pastoral Care). Her books include: Real Presence, The Broken Image, Healing the Homosexual, Crisis in Masculinity, Healing Presence, Restoring the Christian Soul Listening Prayer, and Heaven’s Calling, her autobiography. Though not a psychologist, she was a C. S. Lewis expert and had considerable spiritual gifts. Her work is exemplary of Christian psychology written for thoughtful laypeople. We pray that her influence will continue to grow through the Ministries of Pastoral Care, being led now by Sarah Colyn.
A new Institute for Christian Psychology is being launched in Louisville, KY. The inaugural event will be a lecture by Philip Cary, Professor of Philosophy at Eastern University on “Augustine, Christian Psychologist,” on February 28, 2015 at 7pm at 930 Mary St, Louisville. Dr. Cary has written three significant books on Augustine, and he is an excellent lecturer, with four courses in the Great Courses program. Join them if you can. This Institute is a non-profit organization registered as a 501c3. The website address is www.ICPconnect.org.
Check out the Christian psychology journals from the European Movement of Christian Anthropology, Psychology, and Psychotherapy at the website Christian Psychology Around the World
For those interested in the Society for Christian Psychology preconference workshop held at the recent AACC National Conference, you can download a pdf of the powerpoint presentation here: Internal Theodrama Therapy
A call for papers has been issued for a conference to be held at Regent University in Virginia Beach on March 20-21, 2015. The Conference theme is “The Holy Spirit and Christian Formation,” and there will befour plenary speakers and parallel paper presentations that focus on a multi-disciplinary and multi-dimensional approach to Christian formation. The deadline for submitting paper proposals is Nov. 30, 2014. Registration for the conference will open on December 1, 2014. For more information go to the following link:
Highly recommended books: Transformative Encounters: The Intervention of God in Christian Counseling and Pastoral Care, edited by Appleby and Ohlschlager. Most of the articles are descriptions of Christian psychology approaches.
Evidence-Based Practices for Christian Counseling and Psychotherapy, edited by Worthington, Johnson, Hook, & Aten, which gives an overview of the state-of-the-art of research on Christian forms of counseling and psychotherapy.
In Our Lives First: Meditations for Counselors by Diane Langberg. It’s a new e-book, so you can get it at: In Our Lives First
Rick and Kay Warren of Saddleback Church co-sponsored “The Gathering on Mental Health and the Church,” on March 28, 2014, along with Bishop Kevin Vann of the Orange County diocese of the Roman Catholic Church, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness-Orange County. Some of our members presented, including our director Eric Johnson, as well as Matthew Stanford and Chuck Hannaford. The keynote addresses and some other presentations can be accessed at Mental Health and the Church
Research Participants Needed!
A Study on Grace, conducted by Tim Sisemore, at Richmont Graduate University: Grace Study