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 – Dr. Michael D. Cook is our blogger for the month of July. He currently serves as an Associate Professor in Huntington University’s Graduate Counseling Program. His undergraduate degree is in Sociology (B.A.) from Albany State University, his advanced degrees are a M.Div. in Pastoral Ministries and a Ph.D. in Psychology and Counseling from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Mike is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (IN) and has served in several mental health facilities and in several churches. He specializes in marital therapy, trauma therapy, spiritual formation and formational counseling.
- 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 hope you will join us at the upcoming AACC World Conference on September 22-26, 2015. The SCP is sponsoring a one-day Geneva Conference on Sept 22 on the topic “A Christian Psychology of Grace: Investigating and Appropriating Its Effects,” with Robert Emmons, the editor of the Journal of Positive Psychology and author of a number of books on gratitude, and Kelly Kapic, professor of theology at Covenant College and author of many books, including “God so Love the World, He Gave.” On September 23, we will be sponsoring a preconference workshop on “Medication, Psychotherapy, and Christianity,” by Eric Johnson, the SCP director, and Warren Kinghorn, a professor of psychiatry at Duke Medical School. In addition, the SCP will have its own track of breakout sessions throughout the conference.
The Institute for Christian Psychology is holding a monthly speakers forum. Chris Wood, counselor at Southeast Christian will be speaking on the “Subtle Seduction of Addiction.” For more information go to Institute for Christian Psychology.
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
Leanne Payne, who died on February 18, 2015, 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.
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