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The development and evaluation of a Biblically-based therapy programme for a congregation

N.L. Joubert, C.A. Venter, C.J.H. Venter
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 38, No 1 | a421 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v38i1.421 | © 2004 N.L. Joubert, C.A. Venter, C.J.H. Venter | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 01 August 2004 | Published: 01 August 2004

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N.L. Joubert, School of Psycho-Social Behavioural Sciences & School of Ecclesiastical Sciences, Potchefstroom Campus, North-West University, South Africa
C.A. Venter, School of Psycho-Social Behavioural Sciences & School of Ecclesiastical Sciences, Potchefstroom Campus, North-West University, South Africa
C.J.H. Venter, School of Psycho-Social Behavioural Sciences & School of Ecclesiastical Sciences, Potchefstroom Campus, North-West University, South Africa

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Abstract

The aim of the research underlying this article was to develop a Biblically-based therapy programme for a congregation and to evaluate its impact. The aim of the programme was to enhance participants’ acceptance of self, their acceptance of others and their ability to have a meaningful relationship with God. A preand post-test design that included an experimental group (n = 27) and a control group (n = 23) was used. The programme consisted of six weekly individual therapy sessions that were conducted by one of the researchers, and a support and prayer group that supported the experimental group. The impact of the programme presentation was assessed by nine measuring instruments. Results obtained indicated that the participants in the experimental group experienced significant growth in almost all the psychological and spiritual dimensions that had been assessed. It was concluded that a Biblically-based therapy programme could be used to enhance individuals’ intra-psychic, interpersonal and, ultimately, spiritual growth.

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Biblically-Based Therapy Programme; Christian Convictions; Integration Into A Therapy Programme; Christian Psychotherapy

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