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How do you Learn About People's Cultures? Start by Becoming Aware of Your Own Culture

Mark Crear, Ph.D.   It may seem odd that in order to learn about people in other cultures, we start by becoming more aware of our own culture. But we believe this is true. Why? If you haven’t had a chance to understand how your culture has affected you first hand, it’s more difficult to […]

By DJONES, 6 years ago
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Christ-Like Confrontation

Eric Scalise, Ph.D.   What goes through your mind when you hear the word, “Confrontation?” Do you think, “Oh no… here we go again. It’s going to be a fight and it’s going to get ugly.” Nevertheless, having a good understanding of the process can result in a win-win orientation and still allow all parties […]

By DJONES, 6 years ago
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Breaking Free From Bullies: Helping Kids and Adolescents Be Strong and Be Kind

  Susan Boyd, LMFT   Bullying has become a widespread problem in our world today. As parents, counselors, and people-helpers, it is painful to watch as the children we love experience bullying from their peers. What are some ways to help children and teenagers break free from bullies? This blog series will target different aspects […]

By DJONES, 6 years ago
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Lay Counseling and the Local Church

Dr. Eric Scalise   We are surrounded and often consumed by our fast-paced, push-button, instant-everything world. Anxiety and depression, substance abuse, marital conflicts, sexual addiction, domestic violence, child abuse, unwanted pregnancy—and the list could go on—are far too commonplace. The truth is that people are hurting and the church is hurting. The Apostle Paul said, […]

By DJONES, 6 years ago
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Pastoral Burnout: Who’s at Fault… the Pastor or the Church?

Michael MacKenzie, D.Min., and Kari MacKenzie, D.Min. This article was originally published June 2016 as a CounselEd article, a monthly research article that is one of AACC’s presidential level member benefits.  Charles was the senior pastor of a large and growing church. He had been in ministry for 20 years, so he knew the ropes; yet […]

By DJONES, 6 years ago
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No Moment Like the Present

Margaret Nagib, Psy.D.   An adapted excerpt from the book Souls Like Stars: Renew Your Mind, Heal Your Heart, Unveil Your Shine by Margaret Nagib, Psy.D.     Being fully present in the moment allows us to experience the life-giving presence of God. For many of us, being fully present in the moment is difficult, […]

By DJONES, 6 years ago
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Effective Recovery Strategies from Toxins That Impact Mental Health

  Linda Harriss, RN, LPC     As a child in the 60’s, part of my memories of summer fun includes the fogging trucks that slowly drove through our neighborhoods in an attempt to kill mosquitoes. My siblings, friends, and I would follow along behind the trucks as they spewed DDT and other toxic chemicals […]

By DJONES, 6 years ago
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Created for Covering: Covering vs. Controlling

Robert Shaw, D.Min.   Excerpted with permission from Created for Covering: Understanding the Concept of Safety and Covering in Relationships for Men and Women.     Over the years, I have had several men come to me saying what amounts to this: “My wife has been asking me to lead the family and take care […]

By DJONES, 6 years ago
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Living REAL

Laura McPherson, M.S.   Ephesians 4 is full of hope, excitement, and anticipation of experiencing a new spiritual life. Paul explains the freedom we have in Christ in putting away our old self to make way for our new self and our new ways of thinking, living, and being. As humans, we have obstacles to […]

By DJONES, 6 years ago
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A Teaching Tool: a Nine-Step Framework for Helping Your Clients Live Their Best Lives    

Mary M. Simms, Ph.D. Author of Move Past Your Pain, Discover Your Purpose: Overcoming Negative Generational Patterns to Achieve Your Best Life     Do you ever wish that you had an app to help your clients get their lives back on track? Unfortunately such a device doesn’t exist—and if it did, your clients wouldn’t […]

By DJONES, 6 years ago