A proposed curriculum for a certificate course in lay Christian counselling
- Authors: Collaros, Debbie
- Date: 2014-02-10
- Subjects: Psychology, Religious , Counseling - Religious aspects , Pastoral counseling , Counselors - Training of
- Type: Thesis
- Identifier: uj:3731 , http://hdl.handle.net/10210/9110
- Description: M.A. (Psychology) , Professional counsellors are overloaded with many cases and are in dire need of lay assistance. Specifically, pastors are overburdened with the number of counselees seeking their help, and they require lay members of the church to be equipped to counsel on a paraprofessional level. If executed effectively, this lay counselling will act as a filter by letting only those cases needing professional intervention to pass through to the pastor or mental health practitioner. The benefits to be obtained from the Biblical ministry of lay counselling are numerous, the most notable being that chances of burnout are lessened in professionals who now need only focus their attention and energies on. cases specifically requiring their expertise. However, as is the case with all ministries, there are potential dangers and pitfalls. These can be minimised by proper equipping. It is the knowledgeable, Spirit-filled and welltrained lay counsellor thatis at least risk. Acquiring the practical skills of effective counselling initially involves being formally taught and practising these within a learning environment. This dissertation proposes such a curriculum for the equipping of lay Christian counsellors on both the theoretical and practical levels. Though it is not the first of its kind in the United States, it does reflect a relatively new field in this country and much research must go into developing and modifying curricula for the South African context with its cultures and specific needs. This poses an exciting challenge to the pastors and mental health professionals of this country, who In addition to the actual clientele, will be the onesto benefit. In this dissertation, the domain of the research is introduced by discussions on Christian and lay Christian counselling. Definitions, general assumptions, Biblical basis and uniqueness are presented as well as why lay Christian counselling is a vital aspect of a caring church Some of the common goals that this field shares with secular counselling have been stated, as well as its unique goals. The selection of potential lay Christian counsellors has been discussed, offering some of the desirable therapeutic and ethical qualities of such counsellors...
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Die evaluering van 'n opleidingsprogram vir Christelike lekeberaders.
- Authors: Human, Lourens Hendrik
- Date: 2012-08-15
- Subjects: Pastoral counseling , Pastoral psychology , Lay counsellors - Training of , Volunteer workers in mental health
- Type: Thesis
- Identifier: uj:9417 , http://hdl.handle.net/10210/5851
- Description: M.A. , The Institute of Child and Parental Guidance at the Rand Afrikaans University presents a training course in Christian Lay Counselling. The aim of the course is to train people with a christian background as lay counsellors so that they can do counselling in a congregation and/or a church environment. This research entails a critical, scientific evaluation of this training programme to determine whether the experimental group's (n = 30) theoretical knowledge, counselling skills and attitudes was significantly enhanced by the training programme in comparison to the control group (n = 30). Chapter one addresses the problem and objective of the project. An overview of lay christian counselling is given in chapter two and in chapter three the training programme for christen lay counsellors of the Rand Afrikaans University is presented. The research procedures of the project are discussed in chapter four and the results of the research are given in chapter five. The results of the research are interpreted, conclusions are drawn, critique and recommendations are made based on the research findings in chapter six. The pass rate for the course in christian lay counselling was 100%. There is a negative correlation (r = -0,254) between the theoretical and practical mark for counselling skills. The growth in counselling skills is measured by using the "Group Assessment of Interpersonal Traits" (GAIT) by menas of pre- and post test procedures. The experimental group showed a marked, positive growth (p = 0,0160) in their application of counselling skills within a counselling framework. The control group showed a marked decline (p = 0,0156) in terms of the application of counselling skills within a counselling framework. The improvement in attitudes (personal growth) is measured by using the "Personal Orientation Inventory" (P01) by means of pre- and post test procedures. The experimental group showed a marked, positive growth in the following four scales of the PO1: Time Competent (Tc)(POI 1)(p = 0,0296), Inner Directed (1)(POI 2)(p = 0,0242), Feeling Reactivity (Fr)(POI 5)(p = 0,0255) and Intimate Contact (C)(POI 12)(p = 0,0013). The control group showed a marked decline (p = 0,0229) in terms of post test scores in relation to the Inner Directed scale (1)(POI 2). It would appear that the training programme for christian lay counsellors did in effect have a distinct positive influence on the experimental group's theoretical knowledge of counselling, the application of counselling skills in practise as well as the personal growth of course attendants.
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Pastorale traumaberading vir kapingslagoffers: enkele Randfonteinse AGS-lidmate as steekproef
- Authors: Pretorius, Gerrit Johan
- Date: 2012-06-06
- Subjects: Victims of crimes , Pastoral counseling , Carjacking , Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Type: Thesis
- Identifier: uj:2465 , http://hdl.handle.net/10210/4921
- Description: M.A. , Hijacking has become so prevalent that the South African Police Service created a separate division to attend to these priority crimes, The Crime Information Analysis Centre. This division coordinates statistics and information and analyse factors leading to crime in order to plan a strategy to prevent it. The reasons for the multiplication of hijacking can be found in economic benefits, urbanization, dehumanization, inefficiency of law enforcement, the role of syndicates, security mechanisms in cars, and the ready availability of weapons. Few subjects are as relevant as trauma counseling, with few South Africans who have not experienced at some stage a crisis, shock or trauma due to crime, violent deaths, hijackings, rape, molesting and abuse, murder of farmers, and HIV and Aids. Trauma counseling is the professional treatment of a person experiencing problems, through constructive growth in faith and renewal, based on the atonement with God through Christ. It is important that the Bible be utilised in Christian counseling as the Spirit of God speaks through it. The counselor can help the traumatized patient by giving them the 12 opportunity to communicate their pain, anguish, fright, terror and anger in an honest way to God. Healing occurs when the traumatized find a (new) reason to live, through faith in the goodness of God. The counselor does not teach positive thinking but rather the truth of the Word of God instead of wrong thought processes and perceptions. In the end the client is taught to find meaning in their lives in the midst of tragic events and crises. With the help of God they are enabled top look back at what happened in the trauma and to realize that it makes sense. Even though Christians do not always understand God’s meaning with what He allows in their lives, they learn to trust Him. When they learn to look at their lives through God’s eyes, they realize the limitations of their own vision. Even pain has a purpose and can be the cause of growth and a sharper focus. It reminds us of the need to trust in God so that hijacking is not the end of life but the beginning of a new life.
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