Counseling Ethics

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When a help-seeker experiences a warm and loving Christian relationship within the body of Christ, spiritual and emotional growth ensues. A counsellor then, who works in Gods vineyard, or in a church school or even a Para-church organization/charity therefore opens the gate for many new possibilities for ministry, both within the body of Christ and to the unsaved population through the body of Christ. Without mincing words; one can say: Before a counselor, therapist, or pastoral counselor, can confidently say that he/she really knows what he/she is doing in therapy, many years would have elapsed and accumulation of experiences, training and re-training would have populated his practicing. And even with all this; “It is more helpful and effective to work within the framework of an established theory…practicing counseling without an explicit theoretical rational is somewhat like flying a plane without a map and without instruments. Theoretical orientation should not be a rigid structure that prescribes the specific steps of what to do in counseling, rather, theory should be a set of guidelines that counselors can use to make sense of what they are doing” (Collins1991, 90). It is understood that pastoral counselors do utilize the particular or various gifts given to them by the Holy Spirit or acquired through training. For instance a prophet counselor might just pray for a counselee and then relates direct instructions from the Holy Spirit to the help seeker- in which case the counselor has no thinking of his/her own in the matter. Another counselor who is gifted in discernment recognizes the spiritual orientation and struggles of the help seeker without the help seeker speaking a word, another could be a trained counselor whose... ... middle of paper ... ...ey Bass Pub. 1985. Wright, Norman. Training Christians to Counsel. Eugene, Oregon: Harvest House Pub. 1977. http://www.counseling.org Counselling code of ethics: January 2010 http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/uohs/policies-guidance/counse/ January 2010 http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/uohs/policies-guidance/counsel October 2009 http://www.hw.ac.uk/welfare/counselling/ethics.htm code of ethics 2010 http://www.shu.ac.uk/services/sls/counselling/code_of_ethics.html.2010 http://www.crccertification.com/ code of ethics. 2010 http://www.theaca.net.au/ code of conduct. 2009 http://www.biblegateway.com/ Online Bible New International Version. 2010 http://www.esward.net Free Multisession Electronic Bible: Rick Meyers 2009. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethics From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://online.ectaco.co.uk/ Bilingual English-Greek Online Dictionary by ECTACO

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