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Book Review: Solution-Focused Pastoral Counseling by Charles Allen Kollar
In meantime, Kollar
offers wide-ranging insights that church counselors should find helpful regardless of approach.Kollar
is right, for example, in being concerned about the "rent seeking"1 nature of the secular mental health industry, where economic incentives favor the need for more and more mental health services rather than the health of clients.So he
is right in being cautious about referring Christians into that industry- an industry concerned, not with the healing of the biblical mind, but with the "healing" of the secular mind- a mind so intrinsically unsound from a biblical perspective that it's restoration to "soundness" is inherently problematic- hence the fundamental awkwardness of referring Christians to secular counselors where definitions of failure and success often run counter to Christian values.2Kollar
is right in suggesting that complex problems don't necessarily require complex solutions.He
is right in challenging the scientific basis for the "disease" categories listed in the APA's DSM -4.3 He
is right in insisting on the profound implications of approaching counseling from the standpoint of solutions rather than problems.And he
is right on letting the outcome (health) dictate the process (solution-oriented).
, the "deficiency language" of problem-centered approaches is the root of all evil.
1 These are my words, not Kollar's
...5 Kollar notes an experiment by Rosenhan, Stanford professor of psychology and law, who experimented with psychiatric hospitals by presenting them with healthy people who were hearing voices.
Each was diagnosed as schizophrenic despite having normal mental states. From the back cover, Charles Allen Kollar is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.He served as a United States Navy chaplain for ten years and is currently the director of On-Trac Ministries.He
holds the D.Min. from Fuller Theological Seminary
and the M.Div. from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary
Solution-Focused Pastoral Counseling (SFPC) is divided into two parts: theory and practice.
Part 2 combines an explanation of Kollar's
counseling model with examples of its application.