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Patristic Embroidery on a Cognitive Pattern and Other Uses of the Fathers’ Yarn Article by Fr. Alexis newly published in the American Association of Christian Counselor’s Journal Edification

August 30, 2013

EdificationsThose who follow this blog know that my book, Ancient Christian Wisdom and Aaron Beck’s Cognitive Therapy, is the springboard for what I write about in these posts. The book is the foundation; the blog is the practical extension. The book is a carefully developed thesis; the blog is composed of more leisurely excursions into the many areas that can be opened up by that thesis. So where does this new discussion article fit in?

Again, it’s helpful to go back to the original work. The book was written in part to explore the possibility for the legitimate use of cognitive therapy by Christians. It presents an overview of cognitive therapy as a philosophy, as a theory, as used by practitioners, and as an ensemble of techniques for therapeutic change, always in the light and through the lens of ancient Christian writers. The discussion article was written for those who are Christians and therapists. It can be seen as an appendix to the book that is available online. In the article, I take one of the axioms of the formal theory of cognitive therapy, look at the ways in which patristic texts can be interwoven into that axiom, and then show how a beautiful patristic text by Saint John Chrysostom can be used in treating a Christian patient suffering with depression.

One of the best features of Edifications: The Transdisciplinary Journal of Christian Psychology is that other scholars, clinicians, and leaders in the field of counseling and psychology respond to the issue’s discussion article providing commentary, criticism, and further suggestions. The author of the discussion article is then given the opportunity to respond to these other writers, which in turn can take the ideas under discussion, hopefully, to another level. I genuinely enjoyed writing the article and responding to others in the field. This was another of the many blessings in this life for which I am grateful. If any readers of the blog are interested, they can access the journal using the following link:   http://christianpsych.org/wp_scp/wp-content/uploads/2007/04/Edification-6.2-2012-Eastern-Orthodox-Psychology1.pdf

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