Counseling Methodology

Ed Welch  - Blog Post  - Aug 15, 2015

I occasionally enter swimming competitions in which swimmers are placed in age-groups (20-25, 25-30, 30-35 and so on). The advantage is that the older I get, the less the competition. The problem is that I don’t practice. Instead, I watch a few YouTube videos about start and stroke technique, and I hope to bring that knowledge into my events, as if observing the technique of an Olympian will transform me into one.

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Ed Welch  - Blog Post  - Jan 13, 2015

I was asked to describe a typical counseling session in a phone interview with a group of Christian undergraduate students who were studying different Christian counseling models. Their assignment was to interview a representative from one of these models. Somehow they ended up with me, which, by the end of our conversation, was probably a disappointment. 

I think they were expecting something a bit churchy, with overtones of the predictable and trite. What they heard, I think, at least initially, seemed simplistic.

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Lauren Whitman  - JBC Article  - Apr 28, 2014

Lauren Whitman provides us with helpful guidance on how to conduct that often-challenging first counseling session. Newer counselors will be eager to have a tool to help them approach these initial conversations with people they don’t know. But even veterans will benefit from a review of things to keep in mind as they meet with those they counsel for the first time. Read this and find a new way (or two!) to bless those who come to you for help. 

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CCEF  - Blog Post  - Jun 02, 2013

Usually counseling skills are talked about from the counselor's perspective. But what is it like from the point of view of the one seeking help? For counseling to be fruitful, what must happen in the counsel-seeker’s relationship with the counsel-giver? This workshop will discuss four key ingredients that make a decisive difference in the effectiveness of pastoral counseling

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Ed Welch  - Blog Post  - May 01, 2013

Resistance seems like an odd thing: someone asks for counsel but then doesn’t listen to it. It sounds like a straightforward case of hard-heartedness. But there may be other reasons why counselees don’t listen.

Here are two.

1. Counselors offer ill-suited counsel

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Ed Welch  - Blog Post  - Feb 04, 2013

When you are counseling, how much do you share about yourself? The same question could be asked of small group leaders and preachers.

What is self-disclosure?
Self-disclosure is simply offering personal information while you are also offering godly direction to someone else. This information can be in different forms.

Demographic data. This might include things like: your age, birthday, where you grew up, marital status, kids’ names, church, or what you did on your summer vacation. 

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David Powlison  - Blog Post  - Oct 16, 2012

Question: What is “proof-texting” and a “proof text”? Are these positive or negative terms (i.e., when we use them to describe ministry of the Word of God)?

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David Powlison  - Blog Post  - Oct 12, 2012

QUESTION: How do you apply the biblical counseling model with people who do not want to hear anything about the Bible or Jesus? Knowing what people need to hear is often very simple (e.g., God’s love, forgiveness of sins). Should we still speak biblical truth in these instances?

If the person you are speaking with simply doesn’t want to hear about the Bible or Jesus, then you can take several approaches, depending on the situation.

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Alasdair Groves, Mike Emlet  - Podcast  - Sep 13, 2012

Today on Help & Hope, Alasdair Groves and Mike Emlet discuss the value of the emotions of the counselee in the moment of the counseling session for the process of walking with them to heal from past hurts.

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Alasdair Groves, Julie E. Lowe  - Podcast  - Sep 06, 2012

In another "In The Counselor's Room," Alasdair Groves and Julie Lowe discuss how to help a child counselee to build relational bridges with their parents.

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