Course: Speaking the Truth in Love: A Christian Approach to Assertiveness
by Henry Virkler, PhD
Speaking the Truth in Love provides practical guidelines for clinicians, (working from a Christian perspective), to assist their clients with assertiveness and boundary issues. Some assertiveness books wrestle with the biblical perspective and encourage clients to be assertive but never get to the behavioral steps to take for success. This book lays out those steps while addressing the cognitive-thinking and self-talk changes, which must occur for clients who want to go from a passive lifestyle to a more assertive lifestyle.
This book is replete with practical exercises to help the clinician master assertive thinking and behavior. By working affirmation into assertiveness, the text helps clinicians be assertive without being aggressive. This book also attempts to reconcile assertiveness with biblical concepts such as submitting to one another, turning the other cheek, humility and serving one another.
Upon completion of this course, the clinician will be able to:
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Bio: Henry Virkler, PhDHenry Virkler is a Christian psychologist who has been teaching Christian counseling for the past thirty-five years. He taught for fifteen years at the Psychological Studies Institute (now Richmont Graduate University), then five years at Liberty University, and then for the last fifteen years at Palm Beach Atlantic University.
Other books include Broken Promises: Understanding, Healing and Preventing Affairs, Hermeneutics: Principles and Processes of Biblical Interpretation (first and second editions), Choosing a New Pastor: The Complete Handbook, and A Christian's Guide to Critical Thinking. Dr. Virkler and his wife have two sons and reside in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. He teaches in the counseling program at Palm Beach Atlantic University and received the Teacher of the Year award in 2011.