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 Developing Cultural Competence in Counselling in a Multicultural Malaysia
Since Merdeka, with economic development and influx of foreign workers, Malaysia is becoming more diverse with multiple ethnicities, languages, customs, foods, and cultural worldviews. All these have contributed to Malaysia’s great cultural heritage, making it a favourite tourist destination. However, for the mental health professionals, the multicultural phenomenon also evokes some cross-cultural challenges as well. While most Malaysians and foreign workers communicate easily in Bahasa Malaysia, there still exist racial prejudice, biases, suspicions, and misunderstanding. The primary task for counsellors is to develop their cultural competence to ensure optimal positive therapeutic outcome. This workshop will help counsellors to become more aware and sensitive of their own and their counselees’ cultural embeddedness. Counsellors will learn how to grow in their cultural competence by constructing their own cultural genogram and by assessing their journey on the Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity. They will also learn to use the GRACE Model to develop their counselee’s strength based cross-cultural coping skills.
Participants able to:
- Counsellors will identify the spectrum of diversity issues that influence themselves and their counselees’ ability to solve their presenting problems.
- Counsellors will appraise their own acculturative experiences of intentional and unintentional imposition of cultural values on their counselees.
- Counsellors will recall the acculturation process and the importance of bicultural focality as a therapeutic outcome.
- Counsellors will assess and intervene on the presenting problems of their counselees using the GRACE Model.
- Counsellors will evaluate the qualities necessary to be a competent cross-cultural counsellor.
Dr. Ben Lim is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California and Texas. He earned his Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Texas Tech University, TX. Ben is a Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. Dr. Ben is the Emeritus Professor of Marital and Family Therapy at Bethel University Minnesota. He works with individuals, couples, and families from a systemic perspective, specializing in premarital counselling, marriage enrichment, parenting, marital and family therapy, multi-cultural therapy, spiritual biopsychosocial wholeness, crisis intervention and trauma, grief, anxiety, and depression and interpersonal competence. He conducts training and seminars on these topics at conferences and communities in various countries, including his home country Malaysia.
||13 April 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
1. Crossed cheque in the name of “National Asso of Christian Counsellors” and send by post to the NACC office (address above)
2. Online registration: NACC Member | Non-NACC Member
Organised by: National Association of Christian Counsellors (NACC) Malaysia
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 03-78035088
Basic Counselling Skills Course (Chinese)
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62B，Jalan Siput Akek，
Taman Billion，Wilayah Persekutuan
||3月2，9，23 & 30號
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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”