Discussing spirituality and religion in the therapy room is increasingly accepted, some even forgetting that integration of psychology and Christianity was once a rare thing. Yet even as the decades-long integration movement has been so effective, the counselor's lived context in which integration happens grows increasingly complex, and the movement has reached a new turning point. Christian practitioners need a fresh look at integration in a postmodern world.
In Embodying Integration, Megan Anna Neff and Mark McMinn provide an essential guide to becoming integrators today. Representing two generations of counselor education and practice, they model how to engage hard questions and consider how different theological views, gendered perspectives, and cultures integrate with psychology and counseling. "Many students," they write, "don't want models and views that tend to simplify complexity into categories. They are looking for conversation that helps them dive into the complexity, to ponder the nuances and messiness of integration." More than focusing on resolving issues, Neff and McMinn help situate wisdom through personally engaging, diverse views and narratives.
Arising from conversations between an up-and-coming practitioner and her veteran integrator father, this book considers practical implications for the day-to-day realities of counseling and psychotherapy. Personal stories, dialogues between the coauthors, and discussion questions throughout help students, teachers, mental health professionals, and anyone interested in psychology and faith to enter—and continue—the conversation.
"Embodying Integration is, bar none, the most exciting innovation in integration since the pioneer days, fifty years ago. Instead of creating tightly reasoned relationships between psychology and theology, Megan Anna Neff and Mark R. McMinn have an extended daughter-father conversation. And that conversation transforms integration into a living, embodied, conversational quest for wisdom and connection—between psychotherapists and patients, among professionals, and between ourselves and God. This book will be the new standard textbook for integration courses."
Introduction: Reflections on Contemporary Integration
Part 1: Facing Difficulty
1. Lament: How Do We Make Sense of the Deep Aches in Life?
2. Uncertainty, Meaning, and Enjoyment: Does Anything Make Sense When the World is Such a Mess?
Facing Difficulty: Final Conversation
Part 2: Pondering God
3. Imaging God: What Does my View of God Have to Do with my Work as a Counselor or Psychotherapist?
4. Considering Atonement: From What are We Being Saved?
Pondering God: Final Conversation
Part 3: God in the World
5. Mission of God: What is God Up to in the World?
6. God with Us: Where is God Amid the Deep Uncertainties of Life?
God in the World: Final Conversation
Name and Subject Index