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Graduate School announces two upcoming seminars
Sadly, many today, whether as relative, friend, advisor, pastor, or counselor, find themselves occasionally faced with requests for help in relationships involving abusive actions or words. If you have wondered how to respond to those with such needs, you will find useful guidance in the upcoming weekend seminar offered by the Baptist Bible Graduate School Counseling Ministries program. On Friday and Saturday, June 22 & 23 (Friday, 6-10 p.m. & Saturday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.), Dr. Dow Pursley, Professor of Counseling and Clinical Director of Counseling Programs, will present the topic Counseling the Abused.
The stresses of modern life combined, the abandonment of biblical standards and values, and the consequent breakdown of marriage and family life have resulted in an American society today that is, arguably, the most violent it has been since the days of the “wild west.” But in contrast to those dangerous days of the past when frontier families struggled against external threats, today’s enemy is often within. Whether reflected in the destructive use of words, overly-harsh or out-of-control physical reactions, sexual violations, or blatant attacks resulting in serious maiming or death, many families have become danger zones, rather than havens of love and security. And, to our shame, such abuse is no stranger to families in the Church.
We believe the remedy for this breakdown within the Body of Christ is a return to the eternal wisdom of God’s Word as it applies to treating one another according to God’s design. In line with this perspective, Dr. Pursley will be sharing biblical principles for counseling the abused as well as the abuser. In addition, he will address the potential legal ramifications and responsibilities for the parties involved.
A second issue impacting many families today is Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder(ADHD). Several million children in the U.S. are diagnosed with ADHD with the majority of them being on daily medication. This condition results in multiple challenges for parents, families and schools, as well as for the diagnosed individuals themselves. Despite being frequently diagnosed, ADHD is poorly understood. There is much disagreement concerning causes as well as appropriate treatment.
Some simply dismiss the behavior as reflecting an energetic, action-oriented approach to life; others see it as a learned pattern of behavior; still others label it a medical condition; and some believe that individuals with this label are simply choosing to engage in sinful behavior.
What are Christian parents to do? Does the Bible offer any guidance pertinent to this condition? What is the best balance between current research on ADHD and biblical guidelines for parenting?
On July 13 and 14, Dr. Pursley will present a seminar on Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Again, the time frame will be Friday night 6-10 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To register, please call the Graduate School office at ext. 9349.
Posted on: 6/5/2007 10:48:35 AM