Posted: October 23rd, 2013
Response to Paper
Response to Paper
I enjoyed the arguments presented by the response. They are thought provoking in many aspects. The choice of rational emotive behavior therapy is interesting to note. In my opinion, REBT is a very effective form of clinical therapy. I find its ability to change patients’ views as very empowering. From the argument, I deduce that the therapy adopts an intellectual approach. However, the argument raised has various loopholes, limiting it as a form of therapy. For instance, patients with mental ailments lack a perspective. Therefore, the treatment is ineffective to patients disturbed by things around them, not their perspectives on things. In my perspective, REBT limits implementation of other treatments. For instance, it limits effective application of medical lifestyle or religious-based therapies.
The response on the Christian critique of the Narrative Therapy is refreshing. It fascinates me in various aspects. The response raises various thought provoking issues. The narrative therapy model bases itself on a family’s story line. A therapist’s role in treatment is to help in changing the family story line. From the presented thoughts, it is my opinion that the statements are rather contradictory. In addition, the form of narrative therapy advocated for use alongside Christian therapy is critically flawed. For narrative therapy to maintain its effectiveness, therapists need to, largely, ignore religious perspectives.
However, the response raises a thought provoking proposition on the Christian critique. In line with that, I agree to the proposition that, critical examination of personal bias and its influence on therapeutic models is important. There is an interesting response to narrative therapy techniques, regarding their take on Christianity. There is an argument, in that narrative therapy models cannot work with conservative Christian patients, due to its very basis (Yarhouse & Sells, 2008). It is my view that any patient seeking therapy must strike a compromise with their acknowledged views. In that respect, I challenge the aforementioned idea. Generally, issues raised in the response have provided me with enjoyable propositions that are thought provoking just as well. However, the concerns raised need further discussion.
Yarhouse, M. A., & Sells, J. N. (2008). Family therapies: A comprehensive Christian appraisal. Downers Grove, Ill: IVP Academic.
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