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

Passmore, Nola L. (2007) Do Christian concepts and principles have a place in academia? A case study in integration. In: 42nd Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference 2007, 25-29 Sept 2007, Brisbane, Australia.


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[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.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author's version deposited according to Publisher's requirements: 'This is an electronic version of an article published in Moore, Kate (Ed.)(2007). Proceedings of the 42nd Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference. Melbourne, Australia: Australian Psychological Society. ISBN 978-0-909881-33-7.'
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2008 05:33
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:05
Uncontrolled Keywords: Christian; Christianity; academia; universities; teaching; psychology; religion; counseling; counselling
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170111 Psychology of Religion

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