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This one hour presentation overviews (1) the challenges and opportunities facing The Summit counseling ministry; (2) the pieces of the summit counseling ministry and how they work together; and (3) explains the implications of our counseling model for individual counseling ministries.
This six hour training is the “core training” for our Freedom Group leaders and our orientation training for our graduate intern program. This training covers:
“Eyes” of the Counseling Ministry – The presentation will cover two subjects. (1) The core values of the counseling ministry: Bible-based, Gospel-centered, differentiating sin and suffering, not one-size-fits-all, embedded within the church, and transitioning into the general small group ministry. Leaders need to understand how these values are embedded throughout the counseling materials. (2) How to avoid a struggle-based identity when using a struggle-specific curriculum.
“Heart” of the Counseling Ministry – The big question on this night is, “How does the Gospel relate to sin and suffering differently?” The struggles of life fit into one of these two categories: sin or suffering. The Gospel speaks to and is powerful to redeem/restore both experiences. But unless we understand the difference, our efforts to help will often come across cliché or simplistic. On this evening we will walk through the two nine step process models that will undergird the seminars that will comprise the mentoring and Freedom Group curriculum. Our goal for each of the nine step processes is that they merely represent “the Gospel in slow motion.”
“Hands” of Freedom Groups – This evening will be focused more exclusively upon Freedom Group leaders, although all leaders are welcome to attend to learn more about how the seminars and curriculum can be utilized. We will examine what the journey of Freedom Groups will look like from the visitor’s first day through the meeting schedule and individuals’ responsibilities to the launch of new groups.
What if I don’t like myself? What if I am dominated by the thoughts that others are better than I am? What if I just don’t feel like I know who I am or what I have to contribute? What if I compare myself to every person in the room and always think I come up short? If you find yourself asking these kinds of questions, then this seminar is for you. This seminar provides a foundation for a satisfying sense of confidence, identity, security, purpose, and wisdom rooted in something more stable than positive thinking-the created design and unending love of Christ.
This seminar contains three hours of presentation divided into a nine step model of facing depression-anxiety when the experience is primarily a form of suffering. This seminar is most effective when studies with a friend our small group. This seminar is meant to be tandem resource with the responsibility paradigm seminar.
This seminar contains three hours of presentation divided into a nine step model of facing depression-anxiety when the experience is rooted primarily in our beliefs, values, or behaviors. This seminar is most effective when studies with a friend our small group. This seminar is meant to be tandem resource with the suffering paradigm seminar.
This seminar contains three hours of presentation divided into a nine step model of overcoming addiction. Wherever you may be on the journey from substance abuse to addiction, we would encourage you to attend this seminar so your next step is towards hope and freedom, rather than deeper into bondage. There is hope, but change is never easy. We believe in this material you will find practical guidance for overcoming a substance abuse problem: tobacco, alcohol, and harder drugs. This seminar is most effective when studies with a friend our small group.
This seminar contains three hours of presentation divided into a nine step model of overcoming codependency. Ask twelve counselors what codependency is and you’ll get at least thirteen different answers. Ask someone who feels trapped in a destructive relationship pattern (whether it’s with an addict, abuser, or manipulative friend) and they’ll tell you it’s real and they need help. That is what we want to provide in the “Overcoming Codependency” seminar: a context for understanding the broken rules we often try to play by in order to appease destructive relationships. This seminar is most effective when studies with a friend our small group.
This seminar contains three hours of presentation divided into a nine step model for processing the experience of post-traumatic stress. Trauma is simply an experience that is larger than we are prepared to handle at the time that we go through it which interferes with emotions, cognitive clarity, and sense of time. Often the symptoms of post-traumatic stress leave the person feeling like they’re going “crazy”
Intrusive symptoms – nightmares, flashbacks, trigger responses
Constrictive symptoms – feeling numb, detached, and withdrawing
Hypervigilance – perpetually feeling like you have to be on guard
These experiences leave the individual feeling like their mind and emotions don’t work like they used to; like they are broken but are not sure what to do to “fix” the problem. In this seminar I speak to the person who has experienced trauma as well as their family and friends.
This seminar contains three hours of presentation divided into a nine step model of facing the suffering of a major loss. This seminar is meant to help you process the death of a loved one, miscarriage, or losses not often associated with grief (health, job, stability, or a dream). This seminar is most effective when studies with a friend our small group.
“Overcoming Anger” contains three hours of presentation divided into a nine step model of overcoming sinful anger. Tools and assessments are provided to help you identity the heart of your anger struggle. This seminar is most effective when studies with a friend our small group.
“False Love” contains three hours of presentation divided into a nine step model of overcoming sexual sin. Sexual sin is examined from private lust to adultery in marriage. This seminar is most effective when studies with a friend our small group.
“True Betrayal” contains three hours of presentation divided into a nine step model of responding to the suffering created by a spouse’s sexual sin. Practical guidance is provided for this difficult and often isolating journey. This seminar is most effective when studies with a friend our small group.
This seminar contains three hours of presentation which attempt to answer three questions about sexual abuse: (1) How should we understand the disruption caused by sexual abuse? (2) What can we do to restore a sense of peace after the experience of sexual abuse? (3) How can we experience the restoration of emotions and relationships that God intended after the experience of sexual abuse?
Why is marriage hard? Why do so many marriages that begin in sincere love end in divorce? What are the essential things a couple should focus on to have a marriage that flourishes? What is a covenant and why is marriage a covenant? Why do we have a marriage ceremony? What are the roles for a Christian husband and wife? What if I don’t “fit” or like the masculine-feminine stereotypes or don’t have the personality to match a “traditional” husband/wife?
What does a couple talk about over a life time? What if I’m not good with words or listening? How do we maintain friendship
when we’re having to keep up with so many logistics? How do we disagree and protect our marriage without losing what’s important to each of us individually? Why do words matter so much, and why can they hurt so badly? How do we make things right after they go wrong and not let negative momentum build?
Why are money problems the number one cause of divorce? How do we maintain reasonable expectations for money in a debt-sick culture? How do two people manage their money together when it is hard enough to manage as a single person? Who should administrate the finances and how involved should the other person be? How do we learn self-control and contentment as a couple? How can “budget” become an exciting or, at least, pleasant word?
How do we manage our time? How do we navigate situations where we each want good things that cannot both happen? How do we determine God’s will for our personal and marital lives? How do we functionally express the biblical roles of headship and submission? How do we ensure that life’s tough decisions draw us closer to God and each other instead of creating distance? How do we respond when bad things happen to a good marriage or our plans?
How do you maintain the “spark” of marriage over a lifetime? How do you continue learning each other without feeling like you know all there is to know? How do we protect our expectations from highly romanticized cultural ideals? How many ways are there to express love and why are they all necessary? How do we enjoy a balance of both intimacy and intercourse? How do we grow as lovers throughout our marriage?
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