Imago Dei as Foundational to Psychotherapy: Integration Versus Segregation

Volume
Volume 9
Issue
Winter 1981
Title
Imago Dei as Foundational to Psychotherapy: Integration Versus Segregation
Abstract

In the last issue (Vanderploag, 1981), the concept of the Imago Dei was shown to be central to being human and as establishing human beings as essentially relational, called to relationship with God and with each other. God'€™s election was seen as at the core of the Imago Dei and hence as a universal phenomenon. In the present article, the intrapsychic aspect of personality is also discussed as a third important relational aspect of the Imago Dei. The Imago Dei is seen as foundational to psychotherapy, providing both a ground for therapy and a mandate. The therapeutic relationship is understood as covenental and as an affirmation of God'€™s election, as it is relationship in which clients are universally supported in enhancing their relationships, that is, the Imago Dei. The transpersonal, God-person relationship is also discussed, both as to how it manifests itself in therapy and how it can be dealt with therapeutically. Throughout, the focus is on questions which help therapists integrate their faith with their vocation rather than segregating the two by imposing one on the other.

Author
R.D. Vanderploeg
Pages
299 - 304
Price
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