The 2018 Austin Harrington Counseling Lectures
Towards a Reformational Psychology
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Dr. Eric L. Johnson,
scholar, teacher, Christian counselor, and author of Foundations of Soul Care and God and Soul Care
General Admission: $10 / Current Students/Spouses: Free
Lecture Series Outline
- Lecture 1 — Understanding the Relation between Christianity and Psychology: Because contemporary psychology and counselling is fundamentally secular, Christians have developed a number of approaches toward contemporary psychology and psychotherapy. Dr. Johnson will present summaries of the major positions of evangelicals and assess the strengths and weaknesses of each model, focusing on an approach that combines sophisticated theology and a respect for science.
- Lecture 2 — The Supremacy of God in the Cure of Souls: Because the goal of modern psychotherapy is psychological healing using only human resources, it functions in some ways like a secular religion. While there are many things to learn from it, the triune God of Christianity has provided a very different framework for soul-healing through Christ in which God is centrally involved. We will explore the therapeutic implications of this theocentric model for psychotherapy and counseling.
- Lecture 3 — A Christian Framework for Psychopathology: Human functioning can be disordered biologically, psychosocially, ethically, and spiritually. Therefore, a comprehensive model of psychopathology has to take into account Christian teachings on sin, suffering, and weakness in order to address its complexity. Treatment implications will be discussed.
- Lecture 4 — Psychotherapy and Counseling in Christ: Union with Christ in his life, death, resurrection, and exaltation gives Christians transcendent resources for the healing of their souls. Discussion will focus on how these resources can be utilized in Christian psychotherapy and counseling.
About Our Speaker:
Dr. Eric L. Johnson, scholar, author, teacher, and Christian counselor,was the Lawrence and Charlotte Hoover Professor of Pastoral Care at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary for 16 years. Before that, he taught psychology and Christian worldview at Northwestern College in Minnesota for 10 years. He edited Psychology and Christianity: Five Views and was a co-editor of Evidence-Based Christian Counseling and Psychotherapy. He has written over 50 articles in psychology and theology, as well as Foundations for Soul Care: A Christian Psychology Proposal and God and Soul Care: The Therapeutic Resources of the Christian Faith. Until recently he was the director of the Society for Christian Psychology, and he serves on the board of the Institute for Christian Psychology. Eric and his wife, Rebekah, have two grown children and two grandsons. He and his wife enjoy traveling, hiking, and biking, and they are members at Sojourn Community Church, where he does pastoral care part-time.