American Association of Christian Counselors
American Association of Christian Counselors

Depression: Symptoms, Insights, and Biblical Action Steps

Excerpted with Permission from The Quick Reference Guide to Biblical Counseling by Tim Clinton and Ron Hawkins, pages 73-79     Depression is becoming more pervasive, and with its increase, professionals are scrambling to craft a more helpful response.  Because of the misunderstood characteristics and causes of depression the past popular responses to depression were […]

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What Is Christian Reconciliation?

Mark Crear, Ph.D.   “What is Christian reconciliation? Why do we need to be reconciled with God?” Imagine two friends who have a fight or argument. The good relationship they once enjoyed is strained to the point of breaking. They cease speaking to each other; communication is deemed too awkward. The friends gradually become strangers. […]

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Light it Up Blue: Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders

Eric Scalise, Ph.D. Stephanie Holmes, M.A.   What do music composers Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven, artists Michelangelo and Vincent van Gogh, physicists Sir Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein, Renaissance polymath Leonardo da Vinci, President Thomas Jefferson, and Microsoft Founder Bill Gates have in common? All are known or suspected of fitting somewhere on […]

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Days of Doubt

Danielle Roberts, B.S.   Excerpted with permission from Created for This,   As entrepreneurs, we, and I mean all of us, often face feelings self-doubt in our work, and in our calling to do our jobs. So what are you saying about your business and your calling, and what is God saying as a response? Are […]

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Laugh Again

Tim Clinton, Ed.D.   “Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand” Mark Twain   Kids smile an average of 45 times an hour, and they will “belly laugh” 1 time every 7.5 minutes.  By the time we become an adult that drops to 15 times a day.  In hospitals it is nearly 0.  When was the last time you had a good laugh? The popular saying, “Laughter is the best medicine” is not actually a bible quote.  However, the concept comes directly out of the book of Prov...

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Rational or Irrational?

Amanda Giordano, Ph.D.   What type of beliefs characterize your life? Are you driven by what is rational, or what is irrational? Albert Ellis, the father of Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) made a distinction between rational and irrational beliefs. According to Ellis, irrational beliefs are dogmatic demands on the self, world, or others, while […]

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Depression: What It Is and How To Help

Excerpted with Permission from The Quick Reference Guide to Biblical Counseling by Tim Clinton and Ron Hawkins, pages 73-79   DEPRESSION Finding the way out of the black pit of despair can sometimes be extremely difficult. It is an experience that leaves the individual exhausted, unmotivated, and in deep, hopeless despair.  There seems to be […]

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Jesus and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Joshua Straub, Ph.D.   “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” –Martin Luther King, Jr.   As a parent, I believe racial reconciliation begins in the home. I’m primarily responsible for how my children view, and subsequently treat, others. The process of learning how to treat others begins […]

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Throwback Thursday: Should I Tell My Child They Are On the Spectrum?

 Stephanie C. Holmes, M.A., BCCC Certified Autism Specialist   Originally posted 4/3/13     One in 50. That’s the newly-released estimate of school-aged children who are on the Autism Spectrum. With World Autism Awareness Day this month, we’re excited to feature Certified Autism Specialist and therapist Stephanie Holmes. If you work with special needs children […]

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Shrinking the Integrity Gap: 6 Ways to Help the Helpers

Terra A. Mattson, M.A.   After a full day of seeing clients, I am left with one of two feelings: incredible hope or incredible sadness. Once in a while you might find me ranting in anger about the hardships of this world or singing God’s praises as I get to witness His miraculous work in the […]

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