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 Mid-Life Crisis and Transformation 2018
Midlife crisis happens to many, often between the ages of 35 and 55. A midlife crisis is an experience that is a combination of feelings, events and physical changes that indicate a transformation is at hand. Most people who can come to terms with these changes, usually weather the transition without too much challenges. But some individuals may feel overwhelmed by signs of aging, are stressed, anxious, depressed, easily irritated, angry, or feel not able to cope with what is going on.
This seminar will help counselors, people-helpers and individuals to be aware of what is going on, and how to embrace these changes. Participants will understand the cause of the stress and discover new ways to manage and make new meanings to enhance the next half of their lives and also for others whom they want to help. It is our hope that these times of crisis will offer an opportunity to allow something new, beautiful and empowering to emerge - the new and wiser version of oneself who is able to discern God's plan and purposes for the next half of their lives.
Dr. Yeo Pei Li is a licensed counsellor with the Malaysia's Board of Counsellor since 2003. She specializes in career counseling, family counseling, and using psychometric testing in her sessions, such as administering personality test, career interest test, aptitude test and couples test. Besides counseling, she lectures, gives talks and conducts workshops to a wide spectrum of society, i.e. from school children to corporate staff. Topics she has trained or lecture include Personal Development Series such as self-discovery, leadership, time management, motivation, paracounseling skills, sex education, career planning, resume writing and interviewing skills. 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. She was formerly a banker and has worked in the Customer Service Division and Training Department.
Date: 15 Dec 2018 (Sat)
Time: 9am - 12 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 Member | Non-NACC Member
Contact Hours Awarded: 2 hours
NACC Equipping Course in Basic Counselling Skills 2018
Lay counselling is the emotional and psychosocial assistance given to people in need by either staff or lay leaders who do not have a formal degree in counselling. In the church setting, many lay counsellors have been rendering this important service to many needy people. While many Christians have both spiritual and emotional maturity through their studying of the Word of God and life’s experiences, their desire of helping others can be enhanced by undergoing some training in basic people-helping skills. This course aims to equip participants with the basic skills and knowledge to further strengthen lay counsellors in the church. The training will consist of two levels of 12 hours each.
Level 1 will examine the “what, why and how” of basic counselling skills. Fundamental counselling concepts and techniques will be discussed and examples shown from both secular and biblical narratives. Participants will learn how culture and developmental issues can be a hindrance to one’s effectiveness as a lay counsellor. The training will also increase one's self-awareness so that the self will not be a stumbling block to helping others. Participants will see the importance of creating the right therapeutic environment with their help-seeker before any attempt to solve their problems. Participants will be shown how to build rapport with their counselees through attending skills and body language. Basic counselling skills such as restatement, paraphrase, reflection and questioning will be discussed, demonstrated and developed.
Level 2 consists of practical sessions where they can practise their learned skills using the triad method. Practice sessions will be video-taped and transcribed using the 4-column method to help in the consolidation of counselling skills and the heightening of self-awareness. The video recordings will be reviewed by a trained supervisor on a group and/or individual basis. When participants are more confident with these attending skills, they can then move on from that “lab environment” to be more effective in helping others as home-cell leaders, people-helpers or lay counsellors.
Dates: Oct to Nov 2018 (Eight Saturdays)
Time: 9.30 am - 12.30 pm
Venue: First Baptist Church, 38, Jalan SS 17/1D, Subang Jaya, Selangor
- RM400 (for members)
- RM800 (for non-members)
Online Registration: NACC Members | Non-NACC Members
Contact Hours: 16 contact hours will be awarded
(This is the part of the 60 hour Certificate in Lay Christian Counselling)
"The program has been a good eye-opener - no doubt, people helpers in our churches can be more effective with the right basic skills to counsel! Contrary to common thinking, good intentions and compassion alone is never enough. Wrong way of doing right can be harmful sometimes! More importantly, the program was invaluable to make me more aware of my own internal processes when relating to a hurting soul. This is definitely a good place to start if you wish to be involved in a care ministry - Lim Fang Say, FGT Subang Jaya
"Contents were very well thought. Fundamentals embraced: SOLER position, counselling protocol and framework. Hand-outs were useful…duration per session were just right. Provides an overview to different approaches/style/techniques. Not just providing training, trainer, ensures there is much sharing from himself, through experience, and, open to the floor for interaction and sharing.” – Shirley, SIB KL
"I have benefitted a lot from attending the Basic Counselling Course. One of the things which I have learned and put into practice is attending and listening skills. As we practiced the skills in groups of three, we helped and encouraged each other. It is a great learning experience." - Lee Kok Joo, The Life Chapel
"The video-taped sessions of our counselling was most beneficial - we learned much from analyzing body language, use of counselling techniques and client reactions. I also learned a very key lesson in counselling - not to offer advice, but rather to lead the client to his/her own solution through the use of techniques like paraphrasing and reframing.” – Pamela D, DUMC
"Previous counselling which I have attended, managed only to enhance my basic knowledge in the subject. However, in this course, it has equipped me with practical basic skills with enough confidence in the subject to apply them. The most important thing I have learnt is ‘Active Listening’. In the past, it was a habit of mine to dish out Scriptures and go on an ADVICE spree. With the acquired micro skills, I am confident in myself in playing the role of counsellor.” – Dr Wong Yoke Foong, Christian Life Centre, Setiawan
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”