Group Discussion Board Forum Instructions
The purpose of these Group Discussion Board Forums is to expand your thinking about the course materials or apply course materials to counseling scenarios. Some of the discussion board questions have a strong analytical component, as fitting a graduate-level course. As a basis for your reflection/evaluation/application, you will be asked to review the content covered during the discussion module(s)/week(s). In fact, your thread as well as your replies to your classmates must be amply supported by course materials (the lectures and your textbook readings) and properly cited as indicated in the Group Discussion Board Forum Grading Rubric.
In response to the discussion question (Modules/Weeks 2, 4, 6), submit your thread by the date specified using approximately 250–400 words. The grading rubric does not grade for word count. However, realize that too many words may indicate wordiness, but too few words may indicate incomplete thought. In addition to supporting your thread from course sources (with proper, current APA citation), the integration of a Christian worldview is always appropriate. It is also expected that you will include at least two references in every Discussion Board initial post.
· Use appropriate netiquette,
· Write at graduate level, and
· Cite in-text per current APA format and list references at the bottom of your post. It is expected that you will include at least one reference in every Discussion Board response post.
When citing any of the presentations provided in the Reading & Study folders, your references must look like the following:
Brewer, G., & Peters, C., (n.d.). [Insert audio lecture title or notes title]. Lynchburg, VA: Liberty
So, for Module/Week 1, a reference would look like this (notice the proper use of APA form):
Brewer, G., & Peters, C. (n.d.). COUC 506 Week Three, Lecture One: Christian spirituality and the ministry of counseling. [PowerPoint]. Lynchburg, VA: Liberty University Online.
· The New Christian Counseling
· Hawkins & Clinton:
· Chapter 4 Attachment and Relationships
· Psychology, Theology, and Spirituality in Christian Counseling McMinn:
· Chapter 1 Religion in the Counseling Office
· Chapter 2 Toward Psychological and Spiritual Health
For discussion this module/week, we consider how to counsel suffering clients. The class lectures, Entwistle, and McMinn all discuss the concept of suffering and factors guiding how we counsel those who are suffering. In fact, a careful reading of the Reading & Study materials indicates numerous concepts and principles that we could apply as we counsel those who are hurting.
1. Considering the numerous points that were made, make a list of at least 5 concepts (“questions to ask myself as I counsel those who are suffering. . . “) that you found particularly helpful, insightful, unique, or had not thought about before.
2. What guidelines would you particularly emphasize as you counsel hurting people?
3. Then consider this client’s statement: Client: “Dr. Counselor, I have been coming to you now for six weeks. I am not sure that counseling is working. I don’t feel any better now than when we started talking. Why are you not helping to remove this pain that I am feeling?” If your client expects that you help to remove the suffering, how would you respond, based on what you learned from your study for the week?
0. How are my personal actions showing my trust and faith in Christ to work through me personally and professionally?
0. How am I separating work and life balance to ensure I am taking care of myself to the best of my ability and in turn able to provide the best care to my clients?
0. What can I do to continue developing my skills and knowledge to help my clients?
0. How do my spiritual beliefs differ from my clients and can that affect our progress made in our sessions?
0. Am I viewing my client’s situation with personal preservations or am I listening with an open heart and open mind?
One guideline that I will particularly emphasize counseling those who are hurting is to always go back to two foundations, what my faith has taught me and what my education has taught me. “Science, then, became a venue of worship and praise. Moreover, science became a vocational calling that could produce tangible benefits to ease human suffering. The view of science as a sacred calling, however, was threatened by Darwinian theory” (Entwistle, 2015). A bible verse that stands out to me specifically when thinking about helping others who are suffering is Isaiah 43:2 which states, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” As Christians we carry each other’s burdens, as Christ carried our burdens.
When receiving this statement from a client I am working with I would first reflect on the notes I have taken so far during our time together. I would reflect on the progress that has been reported so far from my client and remind them of the process not being a sprint to the finish line, rather a marathon. Pacing themselves for a long term goal to achieve success. I would also asked the client to reflect back on where they feel they have progressed, or what they would like to see differently at this point in our time together. Do they feel they are challenging themselves to step out of their comfort zone to make progress, or do they have hesitations limiting them to move forward. If appropriate with this client, I would pray with them or pray with them independently for guidance to help the client identify what they are missing from services at this time.
Entwistle, D. N. (2015). Integrative Approaches to Psychology and Christianity An Introduction to Worldview Issues, Philosophical Foundations, and Models of Integration. Eugene: Cascade Books.