. .

Request Information

Would you like information on our Certification and Education programs?

To access our online Request Form: click here

Visit our Web Site

AIHCP.ORG

access here

Grief Counseling Articles & Discussion

AIHCP Magazine, Articles, Discussions

Access Archive Posts

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 76 other subscribers

case management

Last Tweets

Category: Christian Spiritual Counseling RSS feed for this category

0

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

0

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

0

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

0

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

0

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.

0

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

0

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

0

Christian Counseling and Lenten Guidelines

Christian Counseling and Guidelines for Fasting Days Christian Counseling sessions can prepare people for guidelines for Lent.  The Great Fast is upon us and for those interested in abstaining and fasting according to the norms of the Church, please feel free to do so whether Catholic or Protestant this is a time for the universal Church to share in Christ’s love for us by giving back. If age 14 to 59, Catholics are obligated to participate in the following. 1st day of Lent is a Day of Fast which includes no meat and only one full meal with additional intake

0

The Christian Counselor and Happiness

How can a Christian Counselor Help Someone Find Happiness? The search for happiness is a goal all sentient beings seek. What one places their happiness in can both be subjective and objective. Objectively many things universally give happiness and can be classified as an overall good, however, many ideals of happiness are subjective and coincide with personal likes and dislikes. Some people look for happiness in material things and this world. Their idols are objects, money, and fame. Their level of happiness will always fall short for these false idols cannot fulfill the deepest needs of man. They are superficial

0

Christian Counseling and Lenten Ideas on the Numeral 40

Christian Counseling and Lenten Ideas on the Numeral 40

Christian Counseling and the Number 40 The Lenten theme of “40″ and “Desert” is a reoccuring theme. Let us today look at the time of Israel and the 40 years in the desert and see how we can utilize this concept with Christian Counseling Ideals. For doubting God after the numerous miracles, Israel was punished with a wandering in the desert for Forty years. This was even imposed upon Moses. Only children under the age of 21 of that sinful generation would be spared the denial of the Promised Land. During this time, the Jewish people under the guidance of Moses