Incidental Psychotherapy within Christian Relationships points out the close similarity between the loving connections of Christians and therapeutic relationships between psychotherapists and clients. Thus, a simple Christian connection has an incidental therapeutic value for a troubled friend. This book continuously emphasizes that a Christian connection is never forged for the purpose of restoring mental health, but to obey the Christian mandate to love. The Christian connection, as a therapeutic alliance, merely provides a personal preparatory stage for possible later improvement. It does not apply in any way to the use of professional therapeutic techniques. The book discusses the nature of psychotherapy, the nature of "cures," and the credentials of qualified psychotherapists. Chapters focus on the nature of Christian connection and ways to improve it.
E. Rae Harcum, Ph.D., is a professional psychologist and a long-time member of a Protestant denomination. He taught psychology at the college level for many years. Harcum has authored many journal articles in psychology and several books on psychology and on religion.
Chapter 1 Acknowledgements Chapter 2 Keynote Messages Chapter 3 Preface Chapter 4 Chapter 1: The Therapeutic Alliance Chapter 5 Chapter 2: Responsibility for "Cure" Chapter 6 Chapter 3: The Christian Connection Chapter 7 Chapter 4: Guidelines for Connecting Chapter 8 Chapter 5: Branded by Our Walks Chapter 9 Chapter 6: Friendship and Marriage Chapter 10 Chapter 7: Confrontation and Forgiveness Chapter 11 Final Words Chapter 12 Bibliography Chapter 13 About the Author