National Association Of Christian Counselors

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  • Christian counseling is counseling which draws upon psychology and Christian teaching. Efforts to combine counseling with Christian or other religious perspectives or approaches are sometimes called “integration.
  • (Christian counseling) Variation of biblical counseling. Behavioral issues, social factors, and theological principles that affect physical and psychological health are its apparent foci.
  • (Christian Counseling) is rooted in the Bible and a two-thousand year tradition of loving pastoral care to facilitate the kind of cure that Jesus promised. Its aim is to help or clients find peace, wholeness, direction and stability in Christ.

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Christian Counselor's Manual, The
Christian Counselor's Manual, The
The Christian Counselor’s Manual is a companion and sequel to the author’s influential Competent to Counsel. It takes the approach of nouthetic counseling introduced in the earlier volume and applies it to a wide range of issues, topics, and techniques in counseling: *Who is qualified to be a counselor? *How can counselees change? *How does the Holy Spirit work? *What role does hope play? *What is the function of language? *How do we ask the right questions? *What often lies behind depression? *How do we deal with anger? *What is schizophrenia? These and hundreds more questions are answered in this comprehensive resource for the Christian counselor. A full set of indexes, a detailed table of contents, and a full complement of diagrams and forms make this an outstanding reference book for Christian counselors.

Change you can believe in? Part 1

Change you can believe in? Part 1
Thanks Yang Yang for sharing such important article. Seriously waiting for Part 2 and Part 3 sharing from real life stories

A pretty well-balanced article, look out for its part 2. You may want to read the comments as well, some are useful for our self-reflection and work, but most went off track to talk abt Science and Reglion.

Change you can believe in? (part one)

Wednesday, 20 May 2009, 12:21 pm | 1,354 views

Terence Lee / Deputy Editor

Some religious leaders preach it, but psychologists deny it. The word is change, and the subject is homosexuality. While some individuals in the LGBT community seek to change their sexual orientation, are they in fact chasing an illusion?

In this four-part series, the writer explores the idea of conversion therapy and the notion that gays can turn straight, if they choose to do so.

Mr Leslie Lung claims that he has changed.

But while the 45-year-old Christian believes he is different from who he once was, he still calls himself a “transsexual”.

“No, I do not reject my identity. In fact, I’m proud of it,” he says. These words would surprise many, especially when the notion of whether Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) people can change has been subjected to heated debate.

Mr Lung, who is also a founder of Liberty League, a secular organisation that facilitates “discussion groups” for individuals dealing with family and sexuality issues, shared with The Online Citizen about his past life of cross-dressing and involvement in the scene, which he was a part of since 14 years old.

Speaking in a sprightly, somewhat feminine voice, he recalled how as a teenager, he would be constantly teased and ridiculed for his mannerisms.

“I felt depressed, to be honest, because of the social expectations of how guys should behave. Also, I had difficulty dealing with my sexuality and the Christian view of it,” he confesses.

But with help from friends, counselors, and church ministers, he soon got over his depression, even though it was a long process. He even dropped the notion of going for a sex-change operation. The key, he says, lies in accepting himself, but living a chaste life as demanded by the Bible.

“If God has made me this way, then it doesn’t make sense to reject my gender identity. Yet at the same time it is quite clear what the Bible says. It’s quite clear what’s right and what’s wrong,” he adds.

He does not consider himself gay, but to him, the same-sex attraction he feels is no different from heterosexual attraction, or even a homosexual one. This is because no matter what sexual orientation or gender identity one has, he believes that sex outside marriage is out-of-bounds, and chastity is a virtue every Christian should uphold.

(Photo, left: Mr Leslie Lung is the founder of Liberty League, which was started in 2004)

But while his Christian beliefs are largely conservative, he rejects the label, calling it “divisive”. This is especially so in the context of the recent Aware saga and its immediate aftermath, where labels like “conservative” and “liberal” have been thrown around in public discourse.

Homosexuality, transsexualism, and conversion therapy

The idea of conversion therapy, also known as reparative therapy, has surfaced as a topic of contention. This is because Church of our Saviour (COOS), which was embroiled in the Aware controversy, is the only church in Singapore that allegedly practices conversion therapy.

In a sermon preached by senior pastor Derek Hong on 26 April, he said that “change is possible” for LGBTs, and that the nature argument is merely “propaganda” espoused by gay activists.

Choices Ministry is the arm of COOS that specialises in helping individuals “overcome” homosexuality. The website states that it is affliated with Exodus International, which is “a coalition of Christian agencies founded in 1976, providing ministry to people who are overcoming homosexuality.”

However, according to a publication released by the American Psychological Association (APA) and 12 other religious, educational, and health organisations, conversion therapy has not been proven to be “safe or effective”.

Furthermore, some critics allege that it can even cause harm to certain individuals, inducing depression and suicidal inclinations.

This is part of the reason why the APA no longer classifies homosexuality and bisexuality as a “mental disorder” since 1973. This redefinition, however, is contested by the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), an American grouping of therapists and psychologists founded in 1992 that supports the use of conversion therapy.

Nevertheless, those at NARTH are in the minority. The APA, on the other hand, represents over 150,000 psychiatrists throughout the country.

While NARTH may contend that research has backed up the effectiveness of conversion therapy, critics argue that these research studies either have too little participants, or have displayed sampling bias – the

AACC American Association of Christian Counselors

AACC American Association of Christian Counselors
AACC American Association of Christian Counselors

national association of christian counselors

Christian Counselor's Casebook, The
This companion volume to Competent to Counsel and The Christian Counselor’s Manual is designed to help you assimilate and apply the principles of nouthetic counseling. It is an excellent tool for any Christian counselor who wants to develop a scriptural approach to counseling. Based on actual counseling experiences, the cases are typical of the various problems encountered in ordinary church and pastoral counseling. This workbook provides * practice in learning how to identify problems according to biblical norms * practice in laying out biblical plans of action * familiarity with a variety of problems This is not merely a book for the classroom. It is a tool for all sorts of training and personal development programs. By working through the many cases provided, you will be better able to identify and respond to the issues that typically confront Christian counselors.