Essay on Final Project

7861 Words Oct 30th, 2011 32 Pages

Amy Tahran

Presented to John Hobbs,
In partial fulfillment of the requirements for
PACO 500 Introduction to Pastoral Counseling

Liberty Theological Seminary
Lynchburg, VA
12 August 2011


For this project, I am placing myself in a hypothetical context as a staff pastoral counselor at my home church in Valley City, ND, serving a congregation of approximately 200. I have chosen as my overarching goal for life to serve others in the capacity for which the Lord has gifted me and prepared me to counsel and minister to them. 1 Peter 4:9 tells us that, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of
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Referral process: If it is determined that the counselee requires services that are more in-depth than what can be accomplished with the pastoral counselor, an outside referral may be deemed necessary. Most often, this is not the case; however, should the need arise, the pastoral counselor will work with the counselee to transition to outside care as seamlessly as possible. Guiding Assumptions of SBBPC In accordance with the solution focused approach, we believe in the following assumptions to support our approach: “ (1) God has given us the ability to create solutions, (2) the solutions can be described and clarified, (3) more than one outcome to counseling can be created, (4) the counselor and the counselee can do the creating and clarifying together, (5) we create solutions as a joint effort with God’s preparation, and (6) this process can be taught” (Kollar, pg. 44).

Part II: The Counselor’s Relational Style It is imperative that as someone in a counseling role, I know myself well. Failure to examine and understand my own strengths and weaknesses would greatly diminish my effectiveness as a counselor. As part of my self understanding and exploration, I have taken the “Uniquely You Spiritual Gifts and 4 DISC Personality Types” profiler which identifies my spiritual gifts in the areas of encouraging, teaching and administering, with my strongest

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