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Where do Christian Counselors Stand in Battle Between Church/State?

Christian Counselors Need to Defend the Integrity of Religious Freedom With Health Care Law demanding religious employers pay for controversial birth control methods that contradict their religious beliefs, a battle between church and state has emerged.  On one hand the church calls for religious freedom, while on the other hand, the state calls for fair health compensation for women who want birth control.  I feel it is the duty of Christian Counselors to be defenders of religious liberty.  Regardless, the case continues to intensify and no compromise seems in the distant future.   Dan Gilfoff writes… (CNN) – The Roman

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Ethics of a Christian Counselor

A Christian counselor shares many of the same ethical standards any counselor or professional would have. This obviously includes respect of each person and their general welfare. It also includes confidentiality and a seal of silence. In regards to sexuality, a counselor should use extreme caution when the person begins to compare him or her to a spouse or ex boyfriend or girlfriend. On the other side of the spectrum, a counselor should rediagnose one’s professional relationship if one starts to prolong sessions or find excuses to see the person they are counseling outside of the office. If such things

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Truth, Happiness and Morality in Christian Counseling

Truth, Happiness and Morality in Christian Counseling

In Christian Counseling  it is important to point your spiritual children to truth–not necessarily happiness. When I say happiness, I mean subjective happiness. On numerous occasions, happiness poses as an illusion. While the initial feeling appears good, the ultimate ending is destructive. Subjective relativism proposes a variety of truths and what constitutes happiness varies with each person. While at the lowest level, happiness can correspond with individual like and dislike, happiness in its truest sense is an objective reality. It is objective in that it satisfies man’s every desire and end. What corresponds with this and leads to this? Truth

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Helping One Find Forgiveness in Christian Counseling

One of the duties for spiritual directors or counselors is to help people find forgiveness. Within Catholic circles, this is usually accomplished sacramentally, while in Protestant circles it is accomplished in a more private manner. Regardless, in many cases, the person still may require counseling and need guidance in finding true forgiveness and ultimate healing. Christian Counselors should look for these four elements The first element in forgiveness is sincere confession and contrition. One must show a sincere effort not to sin again. This confession may be perfect or imperfect in regards to subjective motivation. Perfect contrition is sorrow for offending God, while

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Christian Counseling Certification: The “Yes” of Mary and Advent Reflections

Christian Counseling Certification: The “Yes” of Mary and Advent Reflections

Christian Counseling Certification: Christian Perspectives on Advent Advent is spent preparing for the coming of Christ. It reflects the patriarchs of the Old Testament’s patience and endurance for the coming of the Messiah.  Christian Counselors can help their spiritual children prepare for Christmas by reflecting on this. Another purpose of Advent is to mediate on the person who made it possible. This person is the Virgin Mary who at the Annunciation, proclaimed “yes” to God and Gabrielle. From this we can appreciate that through her “yes” she became the new Eve who ushered in the new Adam. Through her acceptance

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Simon of Cyrene: A Model for Christian Counselors

Simon of Cyrene: A Model for Christian Counselors

The Story of Simon of Cyrene and how Christian Counselors Can Use It The honor and prestige was not known to him. Nor the foreknowledge that the faithful would one day sing the stanza from the Stations of the Cross that his ”hesitation” was indeed a future “proud station” to be called upon “to bear the Cross of Christ”. None of these things swept through the frightened mind of Simon of Cyrene. He was a man of the country, suddenly thrown into a drama that not only involved Rome and Israel but involved the salvation of humanity with all the

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Christian Suffering and the Story of Job

Christian Suffering and the Story of Job

 Avoiding the view that each book of Scripture is independent and written by men alone, the Church has always declared the entirety of Scripture to be an interconnected saga of God’s salvific plan for humanity.It is the Holy Spirit who illuminates the human writers and ties their thoughts together towards one divine plan that is centrally focused on the Christ event or the Incarnation.With such thoughts in mind, and dismissal of Modernist heresy and supposed “scholarly” interpretations of Scripture, I turn to the Book of Job and how it can be applied to Christian Suffering.  The Book of Job is

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Christian Counseling and Ash Wednesday

Christian Counseling and Ash Wednesday

Christian Counseling for Ash Wednesday As the Great Fast begins for the Western Church one is reminded of one’s own vulnerability and eventual death through Ash Wednesday. From the words ashes to ashes and dust to dust, one recalls one’s own finiteness and frail and fallen human nature.  Christian spiritual directors should remind clients of this. The theological signficance is however greater than a mere reminder that one will not live forever. As the first day of Lent in the Western Church, its reminds one of the Sin of Adam and how that sin or Original Sin brought death into the world.

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Christian Counseling and Fat Tuesday Observations

Program in Christian Counseling Training: Christian Counseling ideals for Preparation for Lent During Christian Counseling sessions, one should direct the faithful to a more suitable Fat Tuesday celebration.  The decadent over indulgence found in the Fat Tuesday celebration or Mardi Gra is in its roots a secular and pagan ideal. While secular and atheistic society views it only as a “beads for deeds” celebration where one overwhelms there senses in a gluttonous feast of vice, one can find even greater alarm in Christian perspectives that see it as a night to “let go” before the great fast and cater to every

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Christian Counseling and Lenten Sacrifices

Christian Counseling and Lenten Sacrifices

 Christian Counseling guides for Lent Christian Counseling sessions should guide people towards a proper Lenten attitude.  The words, “What did you give up for Lent” are important but also naïve. They are important because they emphasize the necessity of the spiritual time of Lent but also naïve because the Great Fast encompasses so much more than simply giving things up. The time of Lent is a time of spiritual renewal and focus on Christ not merely giving up chocolate or cake because it is a ritual you have done since grade school. The sacrifice must have meaning and sacrifice. On