Christian counselling is a relationship between two or more persons in which the counsellor seeks to help the person(s) in need, using theory and techniques developed through an integration between psychology and theology. Apart from counseling knowledge and skills, the Christian counsellor seeks to be led by the Holy Spirit in order to counsel effectively, uncover unconscious hindrances for growth, work towards healing of past hurts, but most of all to draw upon God for ultimate resources to manage the challenges of life.
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 on Pornography: Delusion, Damage and Deliverance
The internet is swarmed with pornographic (porn) materials – 500,000 websites and 370 million pages. Every second, 28,258 internet users are viewing porn, while 68 million people search for porn materials every day. Internet porn is captivating because it is accessible, affordable and anonymous. With easy internet access via social media, email and mobile apps, the average age of first exposure to porn is as young as 11 years old. Hence, it is not surprising that the 12-17 age group are the ones that are most addicted. Adults are not spared either – with 40 million of them visiting these websites on a regular basis. According to an US survey, 47% of Christians said that porn has affected their family life.
This workshop will help counsellors, lay leaders and people-helpers to understand how porn affect people spiritually, emotionally and physiologically. From the physiological perspective, we will examine how porn activates neurochemicals in the brain to create addictive behaviour. Porn also affects relationships with loved ones as affected individuals lose interest to build emotional ties. Spiritually, Jesus warned that if our eye is bad, our whole body will be full of darkness. The workshop will also discuss causes of porn addiction and provide practical steps based on scriptural principles on how to help affected individuals to break free from this addiction.
Patrick Cheng is the President of the National Association of Christian Counsellors. Prior to this, he has been in Christian full-time ministry in both the church and para-church context for more than three decades. Besides his theological training, he also has post-graduate degrees in both pastoral and professional counseling. He is a licensed counsellor at a professional counselling centre and a part-time lecturer at a local university.
Date: 30 June 2018 (Sat)
Time: 9.00 am - 12.00 noon
Venue: NACC, 2-2B, Block K, Jalan PJU1/3A, Sunway Mas Commercial Centre, 47301, Petaling Jaya.
Cost: RM30 for NACC members, RM60 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
Organised by: National Association of Christian Counsellors (NACC) Malaysia
Website: www.nacc-malaysia.org Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 03-78035088
Contact Hours Awarded: 2 hours
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”