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Pre-Conference Seminar Abstracts:
Lay Counselling in Churches
This seminar will cover guidelines for establishing an ethical and effective lay counselling or lay helping ministry in the church, using two major models: informal organized and formal organized. The selection, training, supervision, and evaluation of lay counsellors or lay helpers, and the role of the mental health professional in lay helping will also be described and discussed.
Pre-Conference Workshops Abstracts:
Parenting Trends and Family Development
This workshop explores contemporary trends, internal and external pressures that are stressing present day families. It will help participants understand the core principles in building strong marriages, the stages of children's development and corresponding parenting styles.
- To help parents and Christian educators lessen the stress against the family caused by contemporary trends and other factors
- To provide a biblical framework to strengthen marriages so as to create strong families
- To understand the developmental stages of children and adopt appropriate parenting styles
Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention
This workshop will explore the limits of suicide prevention measures that minimise the repertoire of such human behaviours. Suicide intervention emphasises on the short term care and treatment of persons who are actively experiencing a suicidal crisis. Suicide Postvention refers to the assistance given to survivors of suicide, i.e. those who attempt suicide and the loved ones of those who die by suicide.
- Learn the essential elements of education in suicide prevention.
- Know the cardinal rule in suicide intervention.
- Understand the Postvention efforts that often play an important role in suicide prevention.
Relationship Strength and Forgiveness in Marriage
Relationships are essential to living as we are “hard-wired” for connection as they are foundation and theme of human life. At times, relationships provide challenges that can either strengthen or threaten them. Within marriage, these same challenges exist and how effectively spouses handle these challenges is determined by the strength of their connection or the strength of their attachment relationship. By understanding a spouse’s relationship strength, counsellors can effectively work with married couples when forgiveness issues are present.
- To understand the influence and development of parent-child relationships and the impact these same relationships have on marriage
- To understand how spousal forgiveness may be affected by how one understands their relationship with their spouse
- To discuss implications for counsellors in working with couples on forgiveness issues
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: A Christian Approach
This workshop will cover a Christian approach to spiritually oriented cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) including the appropriate use of spiritual or religious resources such as prayer, inner healing prayer, and the Bible, especially with religiously committed clients. Ethical guidelines for conducting Christian CBT will also be provided. The empirical evidence from at least 26 controlled outcome studies on spiritually oriented CBT, that includes Christian CBT, will also be briefly reviewed.
- Learn about a Christian approach to spiritually oriented cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) that includes the appropriate use of spiritual or religious resources such as prayer, inner healing prayer, and the Bible.
- Be aware of the ethical guidelines for conducting Christian CBT.
- Learn about the empirical evidence from at least 26 controlled outcome studies on the efficacy of spiritually oriented CBT that includes Christian CBT.
Plenary Session Abstracts:
The Holy Spirit in Christian Counselling
This Plenary Address will focus on the crucial role of the Holy Spirit as the Comforter, the Counsellor, the Helper, the Advocate, in Christian counselling. The Spirit’s power and spiritual gifts, truth, and fruit will be covered. Several examples of how the Holy Spirit can help in the counselling process will be provided. Ethical guidelines for conducting Christian counselling in a Christ-cantered, biblically-based, and Spirit-filled way will be briefly mentioned.
Chaplaincy as a Worldwide Ministry
This session will give us an understanding of the long history and profligacy of chaplaincy around the world with illustrations from the Bible and modern day settings. Participants will learn what chaplains do through understanding their role. A diagnostic tool useful in the execution of the chaplain’s role will be introduced to impart basic skills for ministering to those in need.
Hidden Pain: Abusive Relationships in the Family Context
We live in a broken world, where hurt people hurt people. Family is the first and foundational context where individuals observe, experience and learn the maltreatment of others. Unfortunately, abusive relationship is the most hidden “disease”, particularly in the Asian family context. This address aims to empower the Christian community to watch for signs and symptoms of abusive relationships in families. The session will also consider both helpful and unhelpful ways in addressing the needs of families where abuse has occurred, or is suspected. Preventive strategies will also be discussed.
Working with Couples: Issues and Approaches
Working with an individual can be challenging enough for the mental health professional. What about working with couples? What do we do when one side wants reconciliation but the other side does not? How do we go about handling a session when a couple begins to yell at each other or when one storms out of the room? In this session, Dr. Johnben Loy will provide a framework to help participants conceptualize couples therapy, and also provide an overview of different approaches to helping couples. Key clinical issues will be discussed and illustrated with real-life case examples.
Mentoring and Coaching
Mentoring primarily involves modelling and observation in helping someone develop, with development a primary focus that may or may not involve specific goals. The differences between peer mentoring, one-to-many mentoring, discipleship and prayer partner mentoring are explained. In coaching, the coach acts as a catalyst creating an environment conducive to change mentally, emotionally, and spiritually using Biblical principles. Participants will learn the different roles of coaches in navigating transitions, overcoming obstacles, breaking through fears, looking at self-sabotaging ways and talking about one’s motives.
1. You must pre-select your workshops at the time of registration.
2. Due to limited seating capacity, certain workshops are available on a first-come-first-served basis.
3. Contact Hours are awarded only to those who are NACC Ordinary or Associate Members.
4. Contact Hours can be used for Ordinary Membership classifications and future course certifications.
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