Recent Research

RECENT RESEARCH

The Call to Care: Lay Counseling and the Local Church

 Eric Scalise, Ph.D. 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, “If […]

By DJONES, 4 years ago
RECENT RESEARCH

Family Healing through Forgiveness

Systemic Family Disease Families are hidden victims of substance use suffered by a family member. The family is trapped in family survival behavioral and emotional reactions that resemble a systemic family disease, the impact substance use disorder has on the family system. A systemic family disease affects all members of a family and becomes the central organizing principle of the […]

By DJONES, 4 years ago
RECENT RESEARCH

Spirituality From a Developmental Perspective: Moving from Self to Others

  When I read the Bible I am struck with the understanding that nothing happens outside of relationship. At the core of our faith is our relationship with God. When we consider the world in which we live, it is all about the relationships we have with our fellow humans. Everything centers around how one […]

By DJONES, 4 years ago
RECENT RESEARCH

The Power of Encouragement

 Eric Scalise, Ph.D.   What is encouragement, and why is it so essential for maintaining healthy marriages and families? Encouragement represents positive influence, to literally give courage to someone—not waiting until it’s deserved or asked for, but taking initiative when things are difficult and uncertain. There are many synonyms one could use: to give support, […]

By DJONES, 4 years ago
RECENT RESEARCH

The Power of Emotion

When I attended children’s church as a child we were asked to memorize a verse and recite it each week.  Needless to say, I often found myself in the predicament of not having memorized my verse for the week so like many other kids. I frequently relied on what is known as the shortest verse […]

By DJONES, 4 years ago
RECENT RESEARCH

Childish or Childlike?

Eric Scalise, Ph.D.   All of us have probably observed childish behavior… not only in young children, which is almost expected, but also in some adults, which is unfortunate and often produces a “roll your eyes” response. In many ways, we come into this world helpless, needy, and self-absorbed. Children must be taught, even trained […]

By DJONES, 4 years ago
RECENT RESEARCH

Because Those Who Are Suffering Need Us To Notice

Rachel’s face was weary, her distracted glance seemed lost somewhere in the distance. She spoke of her life in fragments and whispers.  Her story was both tragic and impossible.  My heart wept for the child who endured such abuse, such profound neglect and who woke up years later with a lifetime of losses and a […]

By DJONES, 4 years ago
RECENT RESEARCH

Now What? Colleges, Careers, and Life Choices

My wife and I remember the day quite well. Our identical twin sons came home from school one afternoon—only a couple of months before their high school graduation—and announced that they had decided to enter the United States Marine Corps. The terrorist attacks of 9-11 were still fresh in our nation’s psyche and military operations […]

By DJONES, 4 years ago
RECENT RESEARCH

A Manual or Immanuel?

Eric Scalise, Ph.D.   Robert Frost, well-known Pulitzer Prize winning poet, captured this thought: “Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.” Not only did God love the creation that bore His image, He put within the heart and spirit of humankind the need and the capacity to both love others and to be […]

By DJONES, 4 years ago
RECENT RESEARCH

Important Aspects of Trauma Care in a Global Environment

  Jama Davis, Ph.D.     I vividly recall my first trip to Rwanda.  At her request, I joined a survivor of the Rwandan Genocide on the back seat of the bus.  My traveling team was aware of her request to speak with me and allowed us some space and as much quiet as possible […]

By DJONES, 4 years ago