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Transformational Psychology

Integration of Psychology and Christianity Group Project 6.25.2013
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Sarah Simmons

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Transformational Psychology
Transformational Psychology
Definition and Overview
A spiritual formation approach to psychology and Christianity, which takes the spiritual-emotional transformation of the psychologist as the foundation for understanding, developing, and preserving the process, methodology, and product of doing psychology in the spirit

Major Proponents and Academic Credentials
John H. Coe
➢ Director of the Institute for Spiritual Formation at Biola University
➢ Professor of Philosophy and Spiritual Theology
➢ Ph.D. in Ancient Philosophy, Aristotle and Virtue Ethics
➢ Three Masters Degrees in Theology, Humanities, and Philosophy

Todd W. Hall
➢ Director of the Institute for Research on Psychology and Spirituality
➢ Ph.D in Psychology and Professor of Psychology at Biola University
➢ Editor of the Journal of Psychology and Theology
➢ Co-developer of the Spiritual Assessment Inventory

Strengths According to the Different Views of Christianity and Psychology
Weaknesses According to the Different Views of Christianity and Psychology
Justin Prince
Megan Repass
Brenda Romero
Sarah Hall Simmons
Application
Foundations
➢ The person doing psychology within a tradition of psychology
➢ The person doing psychology anew in the Spirit
➢ The person doing psychology is grounded in reality, including the realities known by faith
➢ The person doing psychology as one, single, yet complex, study of reality in faith
➢ The person doing psychology as a science that is both descriptive and prescriptive in nature

Existential and Theoretical Framework
➢ The Christian final-end thesis
➢ Transformational psychology thesis
➢ The spiritual-ethics of epistemology and science thesis

The Levels of Transformational Psychology
➢ Level 1: The transformation of the psychologist by spiritual-epistemological disciplines and virtues
➢ Level 2: Methodology, research, and doing psychology in God
➢ Level 3: Theorizing and development of a body of knowledge
➢ Level 4: Praxis of psychology in the spirit as soul care
➢ Level 5: Spiritual-transformational goal for the psychologist and training

According to Levels-of-Explanation View
Bold, ambitious agenda that the authors should “go for!” Christian origins of modern science can prepare us to appreciate and respect the revelations of science
According to Integration View
The approach evidences a clear commitment to biblical authority and a fundamental grounding in biblical view of persons and indeed of all reality.
There is a clear commitment to critical realism.
Clear willingness to engage, learn from and contribute to all psychology.
It embraces the Old Testament “sage” as an appropriate model to emulate.
It identifies love as the final and appropriate end for all our efforts.

According to Christian Psychology View
This view takes seriously the importance of thinking carefully about the nature of the knowledge that psychologists seek and prerequisites of that knowledge.
It includes an important factor: a prerequisite of Christian knowledge of the human psyche is the spiritual transformation of the psychologist.
According to Biblical Counseling View
Transformational view effectively reckons with sin’s skewing intellectual effects.
Recognizes that sin distorts psychological perception.
The attribute reality to God.
The five levels of the transformational view produce good things: personal transformation by the Word to see people the way God does, an intentional search for knowledge of human beings in their total life situation, a practical theology that approximates reality, the care of souls which forms others in Christ’s image, and transformed institutions which facilitate the realization of these wisdoms.
According to Levels-of-Explanation View
No one is privileged to claim what reality is.
According to Integration View
There are no major or relative distinctions between the transformational view and the family of integration views.
Transformational view asks the Christian psychologist to set aside wisdom from all prior work and begin from scratch
According to Christian Psychology View
The major emphasis of the transformational view is the prerequisite of Christian knowledge of the human psyche is the spiritual transformation of the psychologist – this does NOT distinguish transformational psychology from Christian psychology.
Transformational psychology is a supplement to Christian psychology
According to Biblical Counseling View
Institutional systems are left unclear.
It does not distinguish where the church is as a community of care, wise counsel, and of change.
The place for pastoral care, wisdom, counseling, and theology is also not distinguished.

Transformational psychologist does psychology and science within a tradition or history of psychology.
They do psychology anew the spirit (“getting behind the veil”)
They do not focus on any particular theory but rather on the person and process. They assist the person in becoming present to their self-limiting belief.
Grounded in reality.

Levels of Application
Level 1: The transformation of the psychologist by spiritual-epistemological disciplines and virtues
(helps protect and keep the process in the spirit,
allows psychologist to stay open to reality,
exercise honesty, truthfulness, and contemplation)
Level 2: Methodology, research, and doing psychology in God
(idea that there is an external world that has law-like structures that can be used for wisdom)
Level 3: Theorizing and development of a body of knowledge,
(The nature of self, sin and psychopathology, psychological health)
Level 4: Psychology in the spirit of soul care
(brings in different interventions to help find a spiritual direction)
Level 5: Spiritual transformational goal
(contemplating the object of science in God)
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