Faculty Credentials & Associations*

John F. Bettler

-  Clinical Member, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) -- an association that clearly uses psychological, not Biblical methods of counseling. The requirements for clinical membership are extensive and cover four pages in the AAMFT brochure. Why would Bettler want to fulfill the requirements for a clinical rather than an associate membership?

-  Member, North American Society of Adlerean Psychology (NASAP) -- called "the home of Adlereans," reflecting that NASAP is an association that patterns its counseling methods after the teachings of humanistic psychologist Alfred Adler (1870-1937). NASAP says it is interested in "fulfilling human potential," and their stated goal is "to promote the growth and understanding of Adlerean psychology." Since this is also one of the schools of psychology utilized by Larry Crabb, it becomes easier to understand Bettler's and CCEF's long-time "appreciation for" and "indebtedness to" this psychological integrationist.

Jeffrey S. Black

-  Member, American Psychological Association (APA) -- an organization of humanists, Freudians, behaviorists, transpersonalists, and even shamans and occultists. Why would a so-called "Biblical" counselor want to belong to such an association?

-  Member, Society for Research in Child Development -- an association that patterns it counseling methods after the teachings of behavioristic psychologist B.F. Skinner.

David A.C. Powlison

-  Member (1983-1989), Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS) -- an organization committed to an integration position. Members include some of Jay Adams harshest and most unloving critics. In addition, the research commissioned by CAPS seemingly goes out of its way to attack and discredit any approach that uses exclusively nouthetic techniques and methods. Although both Powlison and CAPS claim that Powlison is no longer a member, the most recent CCEF-East Catalog (1991) still lists him as one.

-  Member, The International Society for the History of Behavioral and Social Sciences (self-explanatory).

Edward T. Welch

-  Member, American Psychological Association (self-explanatory -- see Black comments).

-  Licensed Psychologist, Pennsylvania (self-explanatory).

* Unless otherwise stated, this information was derived from CCEF's catalog of courses, pp. 14-16.

Biblical Discernment Ministries - Revised 11/94