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Brief counseling methods focus of weekend seminar
Principles, models, and techniques for promoting accelerated healing and change in people's lives will be the focus of the next weekend seminar at Baptist Bible Graduate School.
"Brief Counseling" will be taught by Dr. Cary Lantz, head of the BBGS Counseling Ministries program. The sessions on January 30-31 are part of a series of seminars offered throughout the academic year. They run on campus Friday from 6 to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Another two-day seminar will be offered in February. Each costs $99. For those registering to take the seminar for one hour of academic credit, the standard tuition rate applies.
Pizza is provided Friday night and free snacks and drinks are available through the weekend. Other seminar topics scheduled include solving marriage problems and counseling in times of crisis.
For details and to register, contact Sharon Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 570.585.9219 or Howard Hicks at email@example.com or 570.585.9345.
Students can earn credit hours toward a degree through the seminars. The cost is $407. Students taking their first courses at BBGS are eligible for a $100 discount.
BBGS offers a master's degree in Counseling Ministries. The 48-credit-hour program incorporates both classroom learning and practical experience. Students can complete the classroom portion of the program in as little as two years. For details, go to click here or call 570.586.2400.
In the January seminar, Dr. Lantz will:
-- Encourage students to critically examine the value and advisability of time-limited counseling.
-- Think through a biblically informed approach to counseling within a brief format.
-- Explore applications of this knowledge toward the bold goal of transforming lives, not simply eliminating symptoms.
Counseling within the church has always been relatively short-term. Necessity, or hesitance to become involved in counseling deeper or longer-term have been the primary factors driving these brief counseling efforts.
Today, as a result of the constraints of managed health care, professional counselors also find themselves pressed to limit the duration of their counseling. In addition, in our busy, fast-paced society, those who are struggling often do not have the patience of a previous generation to carve out time for an extended counseling experience. Additionally, a growing body of research is finding brief counseling can be as effective as more extended interventions.
We will consider brief counseling from a biblical perspective, evaluating the pros and cons of counseling that intentionally employs a brief format. Participants will be challenged to consider a bold faith approach to counseling as the people of God reclaim their historic role as the healing community, and lives are transformed as pastors, lay counselors, and Christian professional counselors in this generation recommit to lean on the presence and power of God and His Word to do the healing work.
Crisis counseling seminar ahead
February 27-28, 2009: Cary Lantz, Ph.D.
This study covers the variety of life crises to which counselors may be called upon to respond along with consideration of models for intervention. Attention will be given to developing a simple, biblically informed format to guide the counselor faced with the confusion and distress often accompanying crisis events.
Baptist Bible College & Seminary offers 38 academic programs, from a one-year Bible Certificate to PhDs. Programs are available on the Clarks Summit campus, online, and through several distance learning options. To learn more, go to www.bbc.edu or call 570.586.2400.
Posted on: 12/16/2008 3:55:57 PM