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:
There will be a Christian psychology preconference at the 2017 AACC World Conference on September 27. Eric L. Johnson will be presenting a summary of his book coming out this summer, God and Soul Care: The Therapeutic Resources of the Christian Faith. In addition, there will be a Christian psychology track throughout the conference (which will held at Opryland Hotel in Nashville from Sept 27-30; see http://www.aacc.net/conferences/ for more information). Speakers in the Christian psychology track include our director, Shannon Wolf; renowned positive psychologist Robert Emmons; Joshua Knabb, author and professor at California Baptist University; Richard Winter, professor at Covenant Theological Seminary, and our former director, Eric Johnson. Also, join us for a Society for Christian Psychology mixer on Friday evening.
The Society for Christian Psychology held a mini-conference on March 30, 2017 with the wonderful folks at the Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS) (http://caps.net/), as part of their larger 2017 conference in the Chicago area. Eric Johnson’s powerpoint on Political Competence is available here.
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