Jay E. Adams
Jay E. Adams is a Reformed theologian known for his work on the development of counseling that is a Biblical and Reformed alternative to that of "standard", liberal psychology. His work was inspired mostly by Reformed theology and partly by Thomas Szasz and O.H. Mowrer.
One of his most representative books is Competent to Counsel, which discusses how the Holy Spirit can bring about positive change in Biblically-centered counseling
|“||A good seminary education rather than medical school or a degree in clinical psychology, is the most fitting background for a counselor.||”|
Adams began to publish and speak about his psychological theories in 1970, giving them the name nouthetic counseling. The need for Nouthetic counseling was based on 3 points: (1) modern psychological theories were bad theology, (2) psychotherapeutic professions were a false pastorate, (3) the Bible already instructed pastors in the ways needed to counsel.
Selection of Works
- Competent to Counsel: Introduction to Nouthetic Counseling, Jay E. Adams, Zondervan, 1986, ISBN 0310511402, 320 pages (1st published in 1970)
- The Big Umbrella: And Other Essays on Christian Counseling, Jay E. Adams, Baker Book House, 1972, ISBN 0801000580, 265 pages
- The Christian counselor's New Testament : a new translation in everyday English, with notations, marginal references, and supplemental helps (Six editions exist spanning 1977-2000)
- Who is Jay Adams?
- "An Analysis and Critique of Jay Adams'Theory of Counseling". JASA 28.(September 1976): 101-109