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).
Workshop on Suicide and Suicidality in Borderline Personality Disorder -
A Calculated Departure: Understanding Why People Choose to Die by Suicide
Robin Williams, the person who made all of us laugh, Van Gogh, who went down as one of the best painters in our history, and Judas Iscariot, who had the privilege to walk alongside with Jesus, all have one thing is common; all three took their own lives. Parasuicidal behaviors and completed suicides are far too common in people who see no hope in the future and especially those with borderline personality disorders.
In fact, people with borderline personality disorder are more likely to commit suicide compared to those in the general population. There are several factors that may explain why people choose to die by suicide but psychobabble our way to explain suicide alone is not adequate in our churches and in our community. The topic of suicide and other related mental health issues must be relevant in the churches across the country. It must not be hidden within the church and ignoring serious mental health issues such as suicide only makes the church irrelevant to the community it serves. Pastors, church leaders, and congregation must be aware and be equipped to help those who have serious mental health issues such as those contemplating suicide and those who lost a loved one because of suicide.
The first part of the presentation will look at a case study and then followed by addressing the key areas that potentially drive a person to suicide;
- a sense of hopelessness,
- feeling of being abandoned,
- feeling isolated, and
- habituation to pain.
The second part of the presentation will focus on suicidality in borderline personality disorder. The presenter will delve into borderline personality disorder and its four subcategories.
The presentation ends with discussions on how to work with people with borderline personality disorder, people contemplating suicide and helping those who have lost a loved one to suicide. This six-hour presentation will include case studies of completed suicides and attempters, discussion on the impact of suicide on family members, a case analysis of an individual with severe borderline issues and will be sprinkled with role playing throughout the training.
Participants able to:
- Identify possible causes and factors for suicidal thoughts / para-suicidal behaviors
- Be able to assess and explore strategies to help those with suicidal tendencies and those who lost a loved one to suicide.
- Analyze and learn from current research on suicide.
- Defining borderline personality disorder
- Managing suicide risk in borderline personality disorder
Dr. Jeff Sim, B.A. (Hons.), M.A., Psy.D. is the Statewide Quality Improvement Manager for the Illinois Department of Corrections, USA. His main task is to ensure quality of care is provided to the patients in the said department. He was the Acting Assistant Superintendent and Psychologist Administrator of a juvenile facility that provides mental health treatment for youth with severe mental and behavioral health issues and youth with sexual deviant behaviors. He was the Clinical and Program Director of a successful residential treatment facility in Virginia, which has received accolades from the local media. He is also the Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Western Illinois University where he teaches undergraduate and graduates courses. He was also an adjunct professor at his alma mater, Regent University in the State of Virginia where he earned his master in counseling and his doctorate in clinical psychology. Prior to that he completed an honors degree in Psychology at the University of Manitoba, Canada. He is a trained hostage negotiator where he underwent crisis negotiation training with the United States Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Dr. Sim is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in the State of Illinois, a licensed Sex Offender Provider and Sex Offender Evaluator, a Registered Dual Diagnosis Professional, and a member of the Sex Offender Management Board. He currently resides in the State of Illinois, USA with his wife.
||29 June 2019 (Sat)
||9.00 am - 4.00 pm
||NACC, 2-2B, Block K, Jalan PJU1/3A, Sunway Mas Commercial Centre, 47301, Petaling Jaya.
||RM80 for NACC members, RM160 for non-members
NACC Contact Hours Awarded: 4 hours
LKM CPD Points Awarded : 2 Points
- 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
Organised by: National Association of Christian Counsellors (NACC) Malaysia
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3rd Asian Christian Counselors Association (ACCA) Conference 2019
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”