Christian Ethics for Counselors

Question: Is there anything unique about Christian ethics?

Answer: Yes.

On February 27, 2009 three psychologists led a workshop in Dallas to explain.  I think this is a good example of how CAPS as an organization seeks to integrate the social sciences with Christianity.  Here’s the abstract followed by a two-part audio of their presentation.

Ethics ThreeAbstract: When integrating Christian faith and psychotherapy, unique ethical dilemmas may arise. This presentation will discuss many of these ethical dilemmas and how they occur in clinical practice. As part of this presentation, we will discuss our research related to ethical dilemmas that may arise when integrating Christian faith and psychotherapy. As part of our research, we surveyed 362 members of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies who are practicing clinicians. Research participants responded to an ethics survey designed to look at ethical behaviors, ethical beliefs, and ethics training related to Christian psychotherapy.

Click here to listen to the first half:  Christian Ethics I

Click here to listen to the second half: Christian Ethics II

Thanks to Drs. John Eric Swenson, Gregory Schneller, and Randolph Sanders for offering this 3-hour presentation.

We had a good turnout with a strong sense of community:



3 Responses to Christian Ethics for Counselors

  1. Lee, thanks for your post on my site and for your kind words! Have a blessed week.
    Julie Ferwerda

  2. Leo Newman says:

    Hi Dr. Jagers,

    I found your blog today while doing some research on integration. I am on the cusp of finishing my MA in Professional Counseling, and I am trying to make an informed decision about pursuing licensure. I have found your blog to be very informative. In this particular post, you provided some links to two Christian Ethics presentations, but the links are no longer working. I was wondering if you might be able to point me toward a working link for these resources as they look like they would be very informative. Thanks for your time, and I look forward to your future posts. Blessings, Leo

    • leejagers says:

      So much for using Drop Box for the audio. Sorry for the dead end. Here’s how you can connect with the speakers: John Eric Swenson III, Ph.D. P.O. Box 86 Abilene, TX 79697 Office Phone: 325-793-3857 Fax: 325-793-4770 Email:

      Full-screenGregory R. Schneller, Ph.D. McMurry Station Box 86 Abilene, TX 79697 Office Phone: 325-793-4619 Fax: 325-793-4770 Email:

      Randolph K. Sanders, Ph.D. 555 IH-35 South, Suite 422 New Braunfels, TX 78130 Office Phone: 830-620-7377 Fax: 830-629-2342 Email:

      Dr. Sanders wrote a book on Christian Counselor Ethics.

      Hope this helps, Dr. Lee Jagers

      Dr. Lee Jagers Director of Counseling Services Dallas Theological Seminary 3909 Swiss Avenue Dallas, Texas 75204 214-382-3902 e-mail: or

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