Counseling Methodology

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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Julie E. Lowe  - JBC Article  - Aug 27, 2012

Julie Lowe walks through how to use an information gathering tool that will help you work with children. Counselors who expect those they counsel to be able to talk about what they are going through can unwittingly misfire with children. “Seeing Relationships through the Eyes of a Child” seeks to remedy a common failure.

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Alasdair Groves, Cecelia Bernhardt  - Podcast  - Aug 20, 2012

Life in a fallen world is painful and broken. As Christians endure hardship and suffering, it is common to feel angry at God in our hearts. Our job as counselors is to help people face the reality of the anger they feel, express it, and repent of it so they can move forward.  Listen as Alasdair Groves and Cecelia Bernhardt discuss how to come alongside and help those who struggle in this way.

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