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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Academic (January 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080102966X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801029660
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Encyclopedic in scope, Counseling and Psychotherapy provides a comprehensive survey of the major approaches in psychological treatment. The book presents up-to-date discussions of treatment effectiveness and is filled with examples of clinical interaction that bring the theories to life. However, its most outstanding feature is the commentary and critique of each model from a Christian perspective. Professor Tan has written a lucid and incisive text that advances the field of Christian psychology."--Edward P. Shafranske, Pepperdine University

"Long one of clinical psychology's most distinguished Christian commentators, Dr. Tan has produced a coherent and ambitious text on the theory and practice of psychotherapy and counseling by Christians. I hope this text will be widely used and generate serious reflection by students at all levels of preparation."--Stanton L. Jones, Wheaton College

"The complexity of theories and models of psychotherapy can seem overwhelming. Dr. Tan offers this comprehensive and finely tuned perspective of ten major schools of psychotherapy, critiquing their theological fit and offering a carefully considered Christian perspective. This book will fill a need in undergraduate and graduate programs in counseling as well as in seminary-based pastoral counseling programs."--Archibald D. Hart, Fuller Theological Seminary

"A monumental achievement that only Siang-Yang Tan could pull off. It offers a rare blend of comprehensive psychological research, fair and balanced critique of the classic models of psychotherapy, sound biblical perspective, and practical application."--Gary W. Moon, Richmont Graduate University

"Counseling and Psychotherapy has the potential to become a landmark book. Siang-Yang's latest work is 'typical Tan': vastly comprehensive, impressively researched, accessibly written, biblically controlled, God-honoring, and spiritually sensitive. I don't know a better introductory text for aspiring Christian counselors and therapists or a more mature overview text for provoking solid Christian thinking about counseling and psychotherapy."--Larry Crabb, author, 66 Love Letters; founder and director, NewWay Ministries

"Tan has written a readable text, hugely informative to both students and professionals. It displays encyclopedic knowledge of major theories, is the most complete summary and Christian-oriented analysis of theories of counseling and psychotherapy existing, and (unlike most theories of psychotherapy) provides ample attention to both cases and technical methods of counseling. Tan's own reflections on integrated Christian, biblically oriented, Holy Spirit-led counseling are alone worth the price of the book."--Everett L. Worthington Jr., author, Hope-Focused Marriage Counseling and Forgiving and Reconciling

About the Author

Siang-Yang Tan (PhD, McGill University) is professor of psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary and senior pastor of First Evangelical Church Glendale in California. He is associate editor of the Journal of Psychology and Christianity, contributing editor for the Journal of Psychology and Theology, consulting editor for Edification: Journal for the Society of Christian Psychology, and editorial consultant of the Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care. He has written numerous books, including Lay Counseling, Disciplines of the Holy Spirit, and Coping with Depression.

More About the Author

Dr. Siang-Yang Tan is senior pastor of First Evangelical Church in Glendale, CA. He is also professor of psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary, a licensed psychologist, and author of Lay Counseling: Equipping Christians for a Helping Ministry. He lives in Arcadia, CA.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By sue donam on January 2, 2011
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In this text, Dr. Rev. Siang-Yang Tan provides a comprehensive and practical overview of psychotherapy and integration. The first two parts focus on practice, theories, and techniques that any psychology student (whether in a secular school or seminary) will find helpful. The third section offers a Christian approach to counseling, with illustrative examples that bring theory into real-world application. Dr. Tan's scholarly and fine-tuned writing make these chapters easy-to-follow, yet packed with information. He has distilled the most up-to-date and relevant research into a book that is sure to become a classic in seminaries and churches all over the world. I highly recommend this to students, professors, pastors, and anyone else looking to expand their counseling skills. Thank you Dr. Tan!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By seminarycounselingstudent on April 26, 2011
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This is a great reference for Christian counselors and psychotherapists. Whether student or professional, this is the new Jones and Butman for you.

The only downside is there is not as exhaustive amount of information as I would like about more modern theories such as Feminist Theory, Solutions-Focused, and more of the Postmodern theories.

All in all, great information on integration of Psychology with Christianity!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Steck on August 11, 2013
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I am a grad student at a secular university. This was extremely helpful on helping me know how various psychological theories blend with the bible. I also plan to practice as a Christian counselor. This book was refreshing and very insightful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By carl shirk on April 20, 2012
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The comprehensive and scholarly review of the theories, principles and effectiveness of the bewildering forest of counseling methodologies is an excellent overview of the spectrum ( but definitely not light reading) The superb third section is biblically sound and a practical integration of scripture, prayer, the Holy Spirit and the personal requirements of a counselor.

I am purchasing the Kindle version after first purchasing the hardcopy. I plan to restudy the book where I can highlight, annotate and copy some of Dr Tans excellent summary listings.

Highly recommended for anyone involved in, or interested in effective Christian counseling.

( also recommended is Gary Collin's very practical Christian Counseling 3rd Edition: Revised and Updated
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Pecunia on February 27, 2012
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I am taking a counseling theories class that uses the Jones and Butman textbook. I have found Dr. Tan's text even more helpful for breaking down and understanding each of theories and particularly how they can be applied by a Christian counselor.
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I paid $25 for the kindle version of this book only to find that it had no table of contents or system of navigation for what is a very long book. I ended up having to order the hardback version (which is great!). I cannot figure out how to return the ebook (I may be outside the time limit) so consider yourself warned!

The textbook itself is excellent. Such a wonderful summary of major psychotherapy/counseling theories - objective but with a helpful analysis of each from a Christian point of view at the end of each chapter.
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By Shirley Isaac on August 7, 2013
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Being a counseling student with an avid interest in all related things, I loved this book. Read through it record time as I found each chapter informative and easy to read. Recommend this one.
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By Grant on January 11, 2013
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I needed this for a class, while an interesting read and perspective it takes a definate theological slant that might not line up with your particular denominational theology
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