HOW THIS BOOK IS HELPFUL TO COUNSELORS
A Better Way to Think: Using Positive Thoughts to Change Your Life
(by H. Norman Wright)
author is a seasoned counselor and educator. He is a licensed Marriage, Family
and Child Therapist and he has taught in the Grad Department of Biola
University. He was former director of the Graduate Department of Marriage,
Family and Child Counseling at Biola University, as well as an Associate
Professor of Psychology. He was also Associate Professor of Christian Education
and Director of the Graduate Department of Christian Education at the Talbot
School of Theology. At the present time he is Research Professor of Christian
Education at this same institution. He was in private practice for over thirty
Dr. Wright is a graduate of Westmont College, Fuller Theological Seminary (M.R.E.), Pepperdine University (M.A.). He has received two honorary doctorates, D.D. and D.LIT, from the Western Conservative Baptist Seminary and Biola University respectively.
He is the author of over seventy books including Experiencing Grief, The New Guide to Crisis and Trauma Counseling, Recovering From the Losses of Life, Quiet Times for Couples, and Before You Say I Do. Dr. Wright has pioneered Premarital Counseling programs throughout the country. He conducts seminars on Parenting, Recovering from the Losses of Life, Trauma and Crisis Counseling, and Marriage Enrichment.
His current focus is in grief and trauma counseling and critical incident debriefings. Part of his work is developing curriculum in loss, crisis and trauma as well as community wide Grief Recovery seminars. He is a Certified Trauma Specialist and a Certified Traumatologist.
Counselors will learn to teach their clients the basics of cognitive change in conjunction with biblical teachings, including:
The order in which thoughts, emotions, attitudes, and behaviors occur.
The damage caused by brooding, and by acting upon the first emotion one has.
The good caused by humor.
memorizing Scripture can produce a mind that is calm, disciplined,
self-controlled, and well-balanced.
How to choose which thoughts one should dwell on.
to use one's imagination to form positive, biblical images of oneself.
How to change negative, core beliefs which are difficult to change.
How to respond when one's mind wanders.
How to use reframing to change one's thinking pattern.
Identifying false assumptions.
Writing down positive thoughts, then substituting them for negative ones.
How to avoid over-generalizing, criticizing, magnifying, jumping to conclusions, minimizing, comparing, taking events out of context, mind-reading, self-blame, suspicion, lack of trust, and character assassination.
Identifying the three underlying causes of anger: fear, hurt, and frustration.
How to stop a worry habit, and how one's thoughts influence depression.