Summary: Goals in Counseling For those Facing Human Crisis
Goals in Counseling For those Facing Human Crisis
1. Aim to help the counselees find the solution for their problems in Jesus Christ and the scriptures. All needs can be met through His power, His love, His provisions, His word, His promises, and His comforting Spirit. Without Jesus Christ there will be no lasting solution to any difficulty, regardless of its severity. We must begin by finding out the counselee’s present relationship with Jesus Christ. Is Thomas a Christian? Is he a committed Christian? Is he a growing Christian? How obedient to the scriptures is he? Is he able to discover the solutions to his problems through the scriptures? Is he habitually abiding in Christ through prayer, fellowship, witnessing, Bible study, and Christian service? By discovering where Thomas is at in relations with Christ a counselor will have important information in helping him solve his root problems.
2. Aim to understand the counselee’s situation from Biblical, cultural, social, emotional, historical, and experiential perspectives. Without an integrated appreciations for the many forces that are affecting the counselee’s troubles, you may overlook or bypass essential elements in the solving of his or her deeper problems. We need to discover what factors have influenced Thomas’s actions It could be that Thomas thinks he is a Christian, but he lacks a born-again experience through faith in Christ. This may explain his inability to see his reality in a correct perspective. Take an integrative approach to your diagnosis and counseling for holistic solutions to the counselees’ problems.
3. See if you can determine how the counselee has previously tried to solve the problem. By asking information, interpretative, probing, and empathetic questions you can better assess the processes and motives for the counselee’s previous actions. Many times the problem of counselees like Thomas lies more with his actions, attitudes, and perspectives than with the people around him. Nurture the counselee in His relationship with the liberating, empowering, healing, restoring, reviving, and directing Spirit of God. This is done through prayer, study of the scriptures, involvement with Spirit filled believers, and through the filling of the Holy Spirit. Teach your counselee like Thomas how to filled, controlled, directed, and constantly in communion with the Spirit of God.
4. Seek a wholistic style of restoration. Do not just assume that solving Thomas’ spiritual problems will eradicate his desires for vengeance. Thomas needs to experience healing in his relationships with God, the manager, his fellow workers, his nuclear family, his extended family, and his cultural-social peers. Counselors should aim at holistic development involving all the dimensions of Thomas’ life. Your counseling should include individual, small group, large group, recreational, educational, interactive, confrontational, exhortative, evangelistic, and consoling types of ministries. Eventually, Thomas needs to see how to grow up into all these aspects through Christ. Provide him with some exemplary Christian friends who can serve as role models for overcoming his vindictive attitudes.