The National Association of Christian Counsellors Malaysia (NACC Malaysia) was registered as a national association on 9th May 2011, and was officially launched by the Chairman of NECF Malaysia on 29th Oct 2011 in conjunction with our first National Counselling Conference. NACC Malaysia is a member of the International Network for Christian Counselling (INCC).
NACC Workshop: Equipping Course in Family Counselling 2018
The Bible says that when one member of the body suffers, the whole body suffers with it (1 Cor 12:26). Applying this to the family context, we cannot isolate the individual problems from the family since everyone is emotionally and behaviorally intertwined. In view of this connectedness, problematic actions by one party will cause conflicts and dysfunctions in others, hence the need to handle them appropriately.
This 4-week training focuses on family behaviour rather than individual behavior, highlighting patterns in communication and interaction, separateness and connectedness, loyalty and independence, and general adaptation in the context of the family. Understanding these characteristics within the family may explain why members of a family behave the way they do in a given situation and examining them helps to initiate engagement in families in ways that foster optimal family connectedness and regain healthy functioning
Open to parents, church workers and anyone who wish to be equipped to work more effectively with families
- Participants will learn about the concepts of Family Counselling from both a biblical and a psychological perspective, understanding the purpose of genograms, self-differentiation, emotional triangles and cut-off
- Participants will understand how dysfunctional interactional patterns affect family members and being transferred from one generation to the next through the multigenerational transmission process.
- Participants will be given case studies, role plays and other activities to experience and apply the theory and techniques to help individuals effect positive changes in their family system.
Dr Yeo Pei Li is a licensed counsellor with the Malaysia’s Board of Counsellor since 2003. She specializes in career guidance and counselling, trauma work, as well as couple and family therapy. She has also been involving in various educational institutions since 2004 in the capacity of a student counsellor, senior lecturer and trainer. Her doctorate is in counsellor education and supervision from Regent University. She is the Dean of Counselling at Alpha Omega International College, board member of NACC Malaysia and an active member of the Family Life Ministries at FGA KL, her home church.
||3, 10, 17, & 24 March 2018
||9am - 12 noon
||NACC, 2-2B, Block K, Jalan PJU1/3A, Sunway Mas Commercial Centre, 47301, Petaling Jaya.
||RM200 for NACC members, RM400 for non-members
- Crossed cheque in the name of “National Asso of Christian Counsellors” and send by post to the NACC office (address above)
- Online registration: NACC Members | Non-NACC Members
Contact Hours Awarded: 8 hours
This course is part of our 60 hour Certificate in Lay Christian Counselling, an initiative to raise up more lay counsellors for the local church.
Minimum Number: The course will be conducted subject to a minimum number of 20 persons registered for it.
Certificate in Lay Christian Counselling
WHAT: A basic equipping course in counselling skills and knowledge to equip Christians to serve in their local church and society at large
WHERE: Most of the classes/workshops will be held in NACC Office. However, if a group of churches/pastors' fellowship were to anchor the event, these trainings can be conducted in their locality, subject to the minimum requirements on the number of participants.
WHEN: Counselling Skills classes are held over 8 Saturday mornings over a 2 month period. Workshops are conducted once in 2 months on a Saturday mornings. Intensive weekend workshops can be arranged for outstation churches.
HOW LONG: This certificate course can be done in two years.
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In conjunction with World Mental Health Awareness Day on October 10, we wish to encourage churches to take the opportunity to educate your members on their mental health. The World Health Organisation desires this day to provide an opportunity "for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide".
While mental health problems are becoming an increasing menace, many face stigma and discrimination in seeking help. Some are afraid that seeing a psychiatrist may jeopardize their eligibility for insurance coverage or future job prospects. In view of these fears and concerns, they suffer in silence and slowly withdraw from family, social and church life. This ought not to be the case as God has given us sufficient resources to manage them. We think of the apostle John's prayer that we are to prosper in all things and be in health just as our soul prospers (3 John 2) which can be extended to the mental health dimension in overcoming depression, anxiety, negative childhood and adolescence experiences, aging and other challenges across the lifespan.
While our long-term goal is to work with interested churches or pastors fellowship to organize a mental health awareness weekend (comprising workshops, exhibits and seminars) for their members and community, we encourage you to start off by having a Mental Health Awareness Sunday (on any Sunday in the month of October this year) by preaching a suitable message. We have included one outline below for your perusal.
Thanks and God bless.
Title: Encountering God in the Cave of Mental Health Issues
Text: 1 Kings 19:1-18
Statistics (July 2016, theStar)
Mental illness - second highest problem by 2020
400,220 patients sought psychiatric help in 2008
2,000 new cases of schizophrenia every year
Mental Health as “a state of well-being in which the individual realises his abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively and fruitfully, and able to make a contribution to his community. Mental health problems denote emotional and psychological difficulties, which cause distress and interfere with how people go about their everyday lives.” - World Health Organisation
Mental illness - anxiety, depression, intense fear, paranoia, delusions, and hallucinations
Possible causes: Emotional stress, conflict, adverse events, biochemical imbalance, deterioration of brain cells and substance abuse - Malaysian Mental Health Association
Question: Can Christians be affected by mental health issues?
1. State of Elijah’s Mental Health
A) Before meeting Jezebel 1 Kings 18
- Mentally: Charged Up
- Emotionally: Exhilarated
- Relationally: Confident
- Physically: Strong, fortified
- Spiritually: Vibrant, on Fire
- Vocationally: Accomplished
B) After meeting Jezebel 1 Kings 19: 1-5
- Mentally: Suicidal
- Emotionally : Depressed
- Relationally: Withdrawn
- Physically: Exhausted
- Spiritually: Down
- Vocationally: Gave up
2. What did God do to restore Elijah’s mental health issues? 1 Kings 19:6-18
A) Rendering Psychological First Aid vs. 6-8
B) Processing his Struggles vs. 9-10
C) Correcting his Emotional Experience vs. 11-14
D) Strengthening his Support System vs 15-17
E) Restructuring his Cognition vs 18
A) Even great men like Elijah can succumb to mental health issues (James 5:17)
B) Not all mental health issues need medication
C) Need a safe and non-judgemental place to process our troubled thoughts and feelings
D) No shame for Christians to see a counsellor to process through their psycho-emotional issues
E) Need for Christians to be trained in Christian counselling knowledge and skills to help others
F) NACC offers a 2-year Certificate in Lay Christian Counselling, a layman friendly half-day training over weekends
Rick Warren’s answer to Christians having mental health issues “I am not ok, you are not ok, but that’s ok because God says it’s ok”