Summary: Counseling Competencies
1. Cross-Cultural Communications - Knows the culture of the counselee as well as one’s own cultural presuppositions. Exhibits a willingness to learn, appreciate, and work through the counselee’s cultural norms. Is willing to follow Christ’s incarnational model of dealing with cross-cultural problems. Shows facility in differentiating between Biblical and cultural pricniples.
2. Biblical Knowledge - Is convinced that the scriptures are the word of God. Knows, loves, and meditates on the Bible. Knows how to do exegesis and interpretation in a way that the counselee can relate to the truth and its applications. Shows facility in helping the counselee find real solutions to difficult problems through the scriptures. Evidences a skill in preaching, teaching, and using the Bible as a counseling manual.
3. Theological Knowledge - Knows God, Christ, and the Spirit in a way that is clear from his counseling. Understands the priorities of the Godhead as seen in a balanced counseling approach. Understands the doctrines as well as how they integrate into the personal and corporate will of God. Knows the function of the church in relations to counseling individuals and families.Utilizes the principles of sound theological counseling as a basis for training counselors.
4. Church Relations - Is a committed and active member of a church fellowship where one’s gifts are utilized. Exhibits a good testimony and evidences a cooperative spirit. Knows how to work with and through church authorities in counseling. Knows how to inform the church about the needs and methods of one’s counseling ministry. Maintains communication with various people in the church who are blessed with the whole range of spiritual gifts. Knows how to relate to other church bodies through an integrative counseling ministry.
5. Cultural Anthropology - Knows how to use cultural anthropological skills in counseling. Is aware of how different perceptions are affected by cultural conditioning. Shows respect and an openness to other cultural approaches to counseling. Can contextualize one’s counseling according to various cultures. Sees with a cultural anthropologist’s eyes. Learn to adapt his counseling to changing cultures. Remains informed about how culture affects the counselees and the processes of counseling.
6. Linguistic Orientation - Shows a disciplined attitude toward learning and using appropriate counseling language. Learns to exhibit a proficiency in adjusting one’s vocabulary to each counselee. Is willing to learn other language phrases to help win rapport and trust with counselees. Learns to recognize idiomatic phrases and terms that are important to each counselee’s subculture. Has some experience with language learning.
7. Leadership - Knows how to follow the Lord, His word, and His Spirit. Evidences a skill in planning, organizing, controlling, directing, delegating, and evaluating. Knows how to detect and use other peoples’ gifts in counseling. Has experience in leading others through a counseling ministry. Knows how to work and lead a team of people in the counseling processes. Shows a facility in leading others through the entire gamut of the counseling training processes.