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Scripture as narrative and therapy

Abstract

The role of the Scripture within therapy is examined and recommendations are made on how and when it should be used. A rationale is given on why secular therapists should use the Scriptures and what role objectivity plays in such practice. Differences between therapeutic practice with Old and New Testament passages are described. Different roles for therapists who use the Scripture are also described. Contraindications for the use of Scripture are given with attention to the therapist's position.

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Correspondence to Thomas Edward Smith.

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This article is a revised version of a paper written for theProceedings of the 40th Anniversary of the Florida State University School of Social Work (Nov. 10, 1990).

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Smith, T.E., Counsell, S. Scripture as narrative and therapy. J Poetry Ther 4, 149–163 (1991). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01078152

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Keywords

  • Therapeutic Practice
  • Role Objectivity
  • Secular Therapist
  • Testament Passage