Do Christian concepts and principles have a place in academia? A case study in integration

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Passmore, Nola L.. 2007. "Do Christian concepts and principles have a place in academia? A case study in integration." Moore, Kate (ed.) 42nd Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference 2007. Brisbane, Australia 25 - 29 Sep 2007 Melbourne, Australia.
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Do Christian concepts and principles have a place in academia? A case study in integration

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AuthorPassmore, Nola L.
EditorsMoore, Kate
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the 42nd Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference: Psychology Making an Impact
Number of Pages6
Year2007
Place of PublicationMelbourne, Australia
ISBN9780909881337
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.psychology.org.au/publications/conference_proceedings/
Conference/Event42nd Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference 2007
Event Details
42nd Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference 2007
Event Date
25 to end of 29 Sep 2007
Event Location
Brisbane, Australia
Abstract

[Abstract]: Australian psychologists have sometimes been reluctant to incorporate religious issues into their teaching. While the reasons for this reluctance are sometimes well-founded (e.g., a desire not to impose religious values on students), the omission of religious content can also have negative consequences (e.g., inadequate preparation of psychology graduates to deal with faith issues that arise in therapy). In this paper, it will be argued that religious issues can be successfully integrated into the teaching of psychology, provided certain safeguards are met. In particular, a case study will be provided of a course entitled “Religious Issues in Counselling” that was successfully taught in a psychology department at a secular university over a five-year period. As census figures indicate that Christianity is the main religion endorsed by Australians, Christian concepts and principles made up the bulk of that course and will be the main focus of this paper. The advantages and challenges associated with teaching such a course will be outlined, and future directions and implications for the teaching of psychology will be considered.

KeywordsChristian; Christianity; academia; universities; teaching; psychology; religion; counseling; counselling
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390199. Curriculum and pedagogy not elsewhere classified
390303. Higher education
520504. Psychology of religion
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