The Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology offers an Integration Capstone course for students in the summer of their fourth year, as most students prepare to leave for a year-long internship. We discuss integration as students have experienced it throughout the program, as well as how to approach integration as an ongoing process throughout the career of the psychologist.
Last year we read an edited book published by the Christian Association for Psychological Studies on seminal works on integration. This year we are reading two books. The first book is Psychology in the Spirit by John Coe and Todd Hall. It is a new proposal for a Christian psychology that has been an interesting read and topic for discussion for students. Here’s what the publisher, InterVarsity Press, says about it:
- Can real change happen in the human soul?
- Is it possible to have truly healthy relationships?
- Is psychology something that can help us see reality as God sees it?
John H. Coe and Todd W. Hall tackle these and other provocative questions in this next volume of the Christian Worldview Integration Series which offers an introduction to a new approach to psychology that seeks to integrate psychology and spiritual formation. This model “represents a spiritual formation and relational approach to psychology for the sake of servicing the spiritual needs of the church.” Their goal is to provide a unique model of doing psychology and science in the Spirit.
The second book we are reading is Signature Sins by Michael Mangis. I’ve known Michael for years. He was one of my professors at Wheaton College, and he has for a long time now been teaching on spiritual formation. He has brought years of research and personal reflection together into a very helpful and thoughtful resource. Here’s information from InterVarsity Press:
In these pages, the author empathetically and honestly reflects on the ways we manage our behavior to hide our sin and ignore the true poverty of our hearts. But until we deal with the root of our sin, we will be ruled and fooled by it, and miss the freedom Christ died to bring. Exploring common forms of sin and then discovering how our own temperament, culture, family and gender affect the way those sins manifest themselves in our lives will lead us to a place of real honesty with ourselves, God and others. But the book doesn’t stop there; it also shows ways to combat our sin so that we can change our hearts, not just our behavior.