No Harm Contract

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In formal counseling , no-harm contracts can be helpful tools. This is a sample document that you can use. Help them develop a specific plan to reach out if they are feeling overwhelmed with despair. If someone will not agree not to harm themselves or doesn’t seem in the right frame of mind to make this promise, call 911 and … Read More

Suicide Safety Plan

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When working with a suicidal person, you can help them assess the risks in their life and take steps to avoid them. In our resource center is a safety check-list that many professional counselors use to assess the risk level.   If you’re interested in reading more, look into A P.L.A.N. to Engage a Suicidal Person Wisely. This resource is … Read More

10 Principles for Marriage & Marriage Counseling

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10 Principles for marriage helps couples know what a God-honoring marriage looks like. Biblical counselor Bob Kellemen also includes a link to a one-page PDF document for you to use in your own marriage and with the couples you counsel. These 10 principles for marriage appeared first here on Bob’s website and is used with permission. Gospel-Centered Marriages I’ve done a … Read More

Healing for Your Holidays

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Holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas are supposed to be happy, right? Already stores have Christmas displays, and shoppers are filling their grocery carts with turkeys. But often the holidays bring on feelings like stress, anxiety, and depression. Guest blogger Dr. Bob Kellemen brings comfort. whether your holidays are enjoyable or a downer. He also offers a free 20-page downloadable. The article … Read More

Reformation! Martin Luther, Gospel and Counseling

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Today marks the 500th anniversary of the event that sparked the Protestant Reformation.  On Oct. 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the wooden doors of a Roman Catholic church in Wittenberg, Germany. In his theses, Luther, a Catholic monk, attacked the church’s corruption and indulgences-for-sale system. Shares pastor Kevin DeYoung at The Gospel Coalition: One of the things … Read More

Secret to Godly Counsel

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A secret to great godly counsel begins with discerning whether the gospel guides and directs the counselee’s heart. It comes down to knowing and believing. Some folks know the gospel but don’t live according to their knowledge. They deny it by not living according to it. Check out Romans 1:21-22, 2 Timothy 3:1-5 and 4:3-4, and Luke 6:46. But when a person believes … Read More

Counsel for New Counselors

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What counsel would I give new counselors? As I pondered the topic of counsel for new counselors, I asked myself, “What is the most important piece of advice I could give?” The immediate answer that came to mind: “Point them toward Christ and His Word that they may point their counselees toward Christ and His Word!” Christ came not just … Read More

2 Keys to Knowing God’s Will

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What Christian counselee doesn’t want to know God’s will for his life? Guest writer Jared Hendricks, the Campus Pastor of The Orchard‘s Marengo, IL campus, shares two keys to knowing God’s will for your life, based on Matthew 6. This article appeared first on Unlocking the Bible and is used here with permission. –Ed. Many of us are desperate to … Read More

Keys to Victory over Anxiety

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Want victory over anxiety? These keys to victory help those who fear and worry. This is the second of a three-part series on finding God’s solutions to ungodly fear. Read the first post here. Biblical counselors Sherry Allchin and Lucy Ann Moll wrote this series. Philippians is a great book to show us how to confidently walk in the peace of … Read More

4 Skills Every Christian Needs

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Every Christian needs these 4 skills: effective prayer, truth application, listening, and wise patience. Which skills can you help others learn? In which do you need help. Guest writer Matt Mitchell, a pastor and author of Resisting Gossip: Winning the War of the Wagging Tongue (CLC Publications, 2013), also blogs at “Hot Orthodoxy.” This article first appeared at Biblical Counseling … Read More