Spiritual Growth in Counseling and Supervision . Dana Wicker, Ph.D. Lori Moore, Ph.D. Candidate Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX. Religion versus Spirituality. Religion – beliefs, values and practices of various established religions (Shafranske & Malony, 1990)
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Dana Wicker, Ph.D.
Lori Moore, Ph.D. Candidate
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX
(Collins,1993, p. 21)
“The counselor has a deep faith; counsels with excellence; holds a Christian world view; is guided by Christian values in choosing the means, goals, and motivations of counseling; actively seeks the presence and work of God; and actively utilizes spiritual interventions and resources within ethical guidelines.”
Clinton and Ohlschlager propose that Christian counselors have a Paracentric focus. Counselors need to yield to the Paraklete of God, the Holy Spirit, and be single-mindedly focused on Christ.
(Competent Christian Counseling)
An intervention provided by a more senior member of a profession to a more junior member or members of that same profession. This relationship is evaluative, extends over time, and has the simultaneous purposes of enhancing the professional functioning of the more junior person(s), monitoring the quality of professional services offered to the client(s) she, he, or they see(s), and serving as a gatekeeper of those who are to enter the particular profession. (Bernard and Goodyear: Fundamentals of Clinical Supervision, 1998)
Spiritual Growth as the Process of Sanctification
Romans 12:2 ~ Colossians 1:9-12 ~ I Thessalonians 4:3-9
We Will Be Completely Sanctified
1Thess 5:23; 1 John: 3:2
We are Being Sanctified
We Were Sanctified
1 Cor. 6: 11
“The concept is not of sin being totally eradicated or merely counteracted, but of a divinely wrought character change freeing us from sinful habits and forming in us Christlike affections, dispositions, and virtues.” J. I. Packer
Goal of Sanctification: The Model of Christ
The Profile of Christ ~ Galatians 5:22 Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control
Sanctification Joined by Love 1 Thess. 4:7-10; I Cor. 13:4-10 Patient and Kind Not: jealous, bragging, arrogant, unbecoming in action, self seeking, provoked, or rejoicing in unrighteousness Forgiving Rejoices with truth Perseveres, Hopes, and Endures
Human Pursuit Phil 3:12-17 have a Paracentric focus. Counselors need to yield to the Paraklete of God, the Holy Spirit, and be single-mindedly focused on Christ.
Pursuing God’s Truth
Following the model of others
Yielding self to God
Gal 5:17-22; Rom 8:2Means of Sanctification
(Evans & Coder, 1998)
Relationship is Crucial to Effective Supervision
Loving have a Paracentric focus. Counselors need to yield to the Paraklete of God, the Holy Spirit, and be single-mindedly focused on Christ.
Not: jealous, bragging, arrogant, unbecoming in action, self seeking, provoked, or rejoices in unrighteousness
Rejoices with truth
Perseverant, Hopeful, and EnduresCharacteristics of Christ
Blessing have a Paracentric focus. Counselors need to yield to the Paraklete of God, the Holy Spirit, and be single-mindedly focused on Christ.
Bull in China Cabinet
Under No Authority
Eager Beaver7 Types of Supervisees
Into the Image of Christ
Began Dealing with Abuse Issues
Closer Walk with God
Foci have a Paracentric focus. Counselors need to yield to the Paraklete of God, the Holy Spirit, and be single-mindedly focused on Christ.
Conceptualization Skills - underlying processes & related theory
Intervention Skills - what the counselor does in session from start to finish
Personalization Skills- Personal contributions: traits, history, beliefs, culture, etc.Supervisory Focus & Roles
Thus the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his friends.
Exodus 33:11 NAS
“ a man speaks to his friends.
We are always in the presence of God. We never leave church. There is never a nonsacred moment.”
Max Lucado in iWorship Daily Devotional Bible
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