American Association of Christian Counselors
American Association of Christian Counselors

A Message for Teens about Punishment and Consequences

  When you royally mess up, there is a heavenly punishment and there is earthly punishment. God’s taken care of the heavenly punishment through Jesus, but you will probably still have your parents to deal with on earth. Different paths have different ideas about punishment. I remember growing up and being so worried about messing […]

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A Heart of Compassion

  Tucked in the midst of the 50 verses of Luke chapter 7, we find 5 verses that give us great insight into the heart of Jesus. As He approaches a little town called Nain, a funeral procession is just coming out of the gate of the city. A man has died. Luke is careful to point out that the man was the "only son of his mother". As a widow, the death of her only son relegated her to a life of poverty and degradation. Sounds of her deep bewailing brought tears to the eyes of all who heard....

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Let Us Prey: The Frequency of Narcissistic Personality Disorder in Pastors

Dr. Darrell Puls     It is impossible to describe the emotional and spiritual devastation caused by narcissistic rage laser-focused on destroying you. It happened to me as an Associate Pastor under a Senior Pastor I would later learn fit the diagnosis of Narcissistic Personality Disorder (Covert). After 20 minutes of having my every foible […]

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She Sits Alone: Helping Survivors of Domestic Violence

Molly-Catherine K. Goodson, M.A., Esq.   She sits alone . . . in a dark room, curled up with a blanket, because if the lights are on she will see her bruises. She sits alone . . . crying, wondering if the physical pain will ever be as bad as the heartache and the emotional […]

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Staying on Mission

  What does it mean to thrive or flourish in life? In a world where everything seems to be overanalyzed and word-smithed through a lens of political correctness or cultural relevance, is it OK to prosper? The word “thrive” implies moving beyond mere survival and demonstrating growth, positive development, advancement, and success. These thoughts and […]

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Counselor and Medical Malpractice: Case Study with Risk Management Strategies

Counselor and Medical Malpractice:  Case Study with Risk Management Strategies   Presented by HPSO and CNA   Case Study: Failure to follow the standard of care; failure to maintain clinical competencies; failure to protect a client’s private and confidential information   Medical malpractice claims may be asserted against any healthcare practitioner, including counselors. This case […]

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How About Some Respect

  R – E – S – P – E – C – T. This 1967 smash hit by Aretha Franklin quickly exploded up the charts. While it was written by Otis Redding in 1965 as a man’s plea for respect and recognition, the roles were reversed for Franklin’s version. Her rendition was a landmark for the feminist movement, and is often considered one of the best songs of the R&B era. The popularity of this song (she won 2 Grammys in 1968) seemed to voice the general feeling of people everywhere. In 200...

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Can Childhood Abuse Lead to Relationship Addiction?

  The emotional costs of childhood abuse are significant, but regrettably, they are not the only costs. The long-term effects often manifest later in life and are, therefore, difficult to connect back to the events of an abusive childhood. In addition, the cumulative effects of emotional trauma may take years to reach critical mass. I […]

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Real Soul Care

  Somewhere outside Atlanta. All alone. Discouraged, and perhaps even a bit depressed. Questioning myself. Confused about the direction my life was taking. Wondering about God’s plan. Even questioning whether or not God cared, or was even listening. Years ago, that is where I found myself. It seemed as if the wheels were coming off of my life, and I was simply driving aimlessly around. When my phone rang, the caller I.D. displayed "Michael Lyles." I answered, albeit hesitantly. "Whe...

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When the Quiver is Empty: The Silent Struggle of Infertility

  Young, in love, full of life with dreams to match, newly married, and me being Italian—as a couple that meant children, lots of them—six or seven would be a nice start. Our trust in God was important to our relationship and in all we did. We could quote nearly every “growing a family” Scripture […]

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