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:
- We have 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
- 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 had a great time at the 2016 AACC National Conference on September 15-17. The SCP held a one-day Geneva Conference on Sept 15 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 a major investigator of gratitude, and Kelly Kapic, professor of theology at Covenant College and author of many books, including “God So Loved the World, He Gave,” with responses by Eric L. Johnson on grace in therapy, and chaired by Shannon Wolf, the new director of the SCP. Emmons’ talks are called Grace 1 and Grace 2. Eric Johnson’s talk was on Two Kinds of Grace. Unfortunately, Kapic’s talks are too large to be posted on our website.
In addition, Shannon Wolf, the director of SCP and Eric Johnson presented on Using Christ-Centered Emotion-Focused Therapy with Trauma. Eric’s talk was on the Theological Basis for this model.
The Society for Christian Psychology held a mini-conference with the wonderful folks at the Christian Association for Psychological Studies within the larger CAPS Conference 2016, on March 10-12. On the morning of the first day (Mar 10th), Gary Moon, Executive Director of the Dallas Willard Institute for Spiritual Formation at Westmont College, spoke on “Christian Psychology: Locating Transformational Practices at the Heart of Psychotherapy.” In the afternoon, we heard from Sarah Colyn and Barbara Byers (Ministries of Pastoral Care) on “The Exclusive Prerogative of Christianity: How the Doctrine of Forgiveness Shapes Christian Psychology and Spiritual Formation,” Eric Johnson (Southern Baptist Seminary) on “Facilitating Differentiation and Integration with Christian Clients,” and Elizabeth Hall (Rosemead School of Psychology) on “The Hard Road to Glory: Facilitating Psychological Growth Through Suffering.” We had a wonderful time. Thanks to Michael Cook for coordinating this!
At a recent conference on mental health and the church sponsored by AACC and Seacrest church, Warren Kinghorn and Eric Johnson gave a presentation entitled “To Medicate or Not to Medicate: Thinking Christianly about the Role of Medication in the Counseling Process.” You can access copies of their talks here (Medication.2016) and here (Medication 2.2016).
Richard Winter, Professor of at Covenant Seminary will be speaker for the Institute for Christian Psychology in Louisville, KY on February 16, 2017 at 7pm. Topic to be announced.
Check out the Christian psychology journals from the European Movement of Christian Anthropology, Psychology, and Psychotherapy at the website Christian Psychology Around the World
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.
Diane Langberg has recently written Suffering and the Heart of God, an experienced therapist’s reflections on suffering, evil, and trauma, and God’s role in our healing. She has also written In Our Lives First: Meditations for Counselors. 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