American Association of Christian Counselors
American Association of Christian Counselors

Spiritual Self Care for Counselors and Clients

Spiritual Self Care for Counselors and Clients   As a Christian, the cornerstone of self-care needs to be spiritual self care. Research has also supported the importance for mental health care professionals to address the spiritual part of client in order to help them. Koslander, Lindstrom, and Barbosa de Silva (2013) noted that spirituality is […]

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Mental Health: From Awareness to Acceptance

Kathie Erwin, Ed.D., LMHC, NCC May is Mental Health Month, bringing awareness about mental health conditions. Ok, now we are aware, what’s next? Although millions of Americans deal with mental conditions and countless millions never seek help, this cause seems to lack the fervor of other illness based movements. In our self-proclaimed enlightened, anti-discrimination society, why […]

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A Deep Longing for Wild Love

Julie Woodley, M.A.   The ache of loneliness isn’t really an ache any longer. The ache has transformed into a longing; a deep longing met by deep joy, love and peace. This deep joy isn’t superficial, not fluff, not just a pocketful of rainbows. We are one, my God and I. We are one in spirit, […]

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Midnight

Susan Vandepol “….. and he (the jailer) threw them (Paul & Silas) into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks. But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them; and suddenly there came a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison house were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were unfastened.” (Acts 16:24-26 NASB)   This is the ...

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Five Indicators of An Evil and Wicked Heart

Leslie Vernick, LCSW As Christian counselors we often have a hard time discerning between an evil heart and an ordinary sinner who messes up, who isn’t perfect, and full of weakness and sin. I think one of the reasons we don’t “see” evil is because we find it so difficult to believe that evil individuals […]

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2015 “Be Strong” World Conference Plenary Speaker Book Release

This coming September, the AACC will welcome Pastor of Gateway Church and Best-Selling Author, Robert Morris, to our 2015 “Be Strong” World Conference in Nashville, TN September 23rd-16th.  Pastor Morris transformed our view of giving with The Blessed Life. Now he does the same for spiritual freedom in his new book, Truly Free: Breaking the Snares That […]

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Let Us Pray!

Lea Carawan, M.A. May 7th is the National Day of Prayer, a time when people come together from all over to lift their voices in prayer to God. Lea Carawan, executive director of the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation, has penned a letter addressing the importance of prayer, along with the emphasis that our governmental leaders are placing upon prayer.  […]

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When it’s Not About the Diet

When it’s Not About the Diet Rhona Epstein, Psy.D. Spring is here! Warmer weather brings thoughts of shedding our winter layers of clothing—and weight. Typically April begins the dreaded swimsuit preparation season, when many of us revive our New Year’s resolutions of getting into shape. Now May has come, and the warmer weather reminds us that […]

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Complex Cases: Aspie- NT Marriage (Part 2)

Rev Stephanie C. Holmes, MA, BCCC, Certified Autism Specialist Cassandra Phenomenon/Ongoing Traumatic Relationship Syndrome  Stephanie Holmes will be presenting at the AACC 2015 Be Strong World Conference on the topic, Marriage on the Spectrum: Aspie-NT Therapy that Works. Sign up for the 2015 World Conference here!    This is part 2 of Complex Cases: Aspie-NT Marriage In a […]

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Spirituality in Counseling

Spirituality in Counseling Fernando Garzon, Psy.D. Liberty University    Excerpt from The Popular Encyclopedia of Christian Counseling by Dr. Tim Clinton and Dr. Ron Hawkins.   Currently, spirituality is vying for recognition as the “fifth force” in counseling. Until recently, however, spirituality was neglected as a legitimate domain of client inquiry in professional counseling. This rapid transition […]

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