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A podcast devoted to giving biblical truth for educating, equipping, and encouraging the local church in counseling and discipleship.
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Episode Notes: In this episode, Mike is joined by special guest, Peter Escue to discuss the reality and implications of the gospel in the counseling room. In this episode, they discuss what is the gospel, its corollaries, and the reality of gospel drift in those seeking counseling, and how the gospel can begin to be applied to specific issues within our counselees.  Episode Resources:email us at topics@speakthetruth.org
“Post-traumatic stress disorder, a profoundly intense response to profoundly dangerous experiences, manifests itself in fear, terrifying vulnerability, and lack of a sense of control. While these responses are often involuntary, Jeremy Lelek reminds us that they are still responses . . . and, thus, different responses are possible. Here he relates the narrative of creation, fall, and redemption to the experiences of PTSD, reminding us that the gospel speaks to our experiences with danger as part of its redemptive message. He points to the wisdom of God in our suffering and reminds us of the saving grace offered by Jesus, guiding readers to the peace and contentment found in seeking God’s glory.Episode Resources: PTSD: Recovering Hope BookletSolomon Soulcare Services
Episode Notes:When feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or self-condemnation set in, some people seek painful release in their own flesh and blood.  While cutting can bring temporary relief, it falls far short of the genuine change that is essential to true healing of the heart.Through the direct and honest example of one young woman's story, Jeremy Lelek points those in such pain to the sufferings of Jesus Christ and the finished work of the cross as their means of hope, security, and healing.  He helps them to turn from trusting their own body and blood to trusting in the body and blood of Jesus, which alone has the power to bring true freedom.View Ponts Adopting a biblical view of the body. Acknowledge attempts to replace the gospel with systems of redemption. Accept what Jesus has given in his own blood and body. Embrace the righteousness received in Christ Jesus Episode Resources: Cutting BookletEmail us at topics@speakthetruth.org 
Episode Summary:In this episode, hosts, Mike, Shauna, and Jeremy are joined by author and biblical counselor, Margaret Ashmore to discuss depression. The periods of depression that we all share can range from having a bad day to grieving the loss of a loved one. Our fallen world harbors a broad spectrum of suffering that, while never the same for each individual, has always been part of the human condition. Yet Margaret Ashmore reminds us that however difficult our circumstances, they cannot determine whether our lives are ruled by joy or by depression . . . the choices we make in light of those circumstances do. She lays before us a set of godly choices we can make in our own “dark night of the soul” to seek God’s freedom from our dominating depression.Episode Notes: Margaret attends Benchmark Bible Church in Denton, Texas, where she serves as director of the counseling ministry in addition to leading Bible studies for women. She is a frequent speaker for women’s retreats and conferences across the country as an outreach of her church. Margaret has always been single, considering this a gift in allowing her to freely serve the Lord in “feeding His sheep.” What inspired you to write this book on Depression? You started the book by describing the normality of depression, which might sound new to some people. Will you share with us what that means? After your discussion on the normality of depression, you talk about the power to choose. Tell us more about that. What passages of scripture do you most often use in counseling to someone struggling with depression? On page 33, share with us how you used an image of Elizabeth Elliot as an illustration? Outside of this book, is there anything else that would helpful for us to know/learn about providing biblical counseling to someone struggling with depression? How would a pastor or biblical counselor use this book as a resource in counseling? Episode Resources:Depression: The Sun Always Rises (booklet highlighted in the episode)Depression: A Stubborn Darkness - Ed WelchSpiritual Depression - Martin Lloyd JonesA Path Through SufferingElizabeth Elliott 
Episode Summary: In this episode, hosts, Mike, Shauna, and Jeremy are joined by our special guest - Brad Hambrick. To discuss his booklet, God's Attributes. They discuss how a proper understanding of God is vital.  However, many times what we observe from our own experiences (especially when they are difficult and painful) can affect the shape of that understanding.  How do we know whether we have a true, balanced view of God?This study looks at sixteen attributes of God, grouped under the headings of his love, essence, wisdom, and power, to help challenge your understanding.  It goes on to challenge how well you rest in each attribute (have faith and comfort in it) and emulate it in the struggles and experiences of your own life.  So learn, through your struggles, about the One who gives those struggles meaning. Gospel for Real Life Series: God's Attributes - Rest For Life's Struggles: 1. Learning God’s attributes is a foundational truth that all of us should teaching in counseling, so we obviously love this booklet and can be a favorite resource for every counseling session.What stirred your heart to write it?2. You start off the book with this idea of ‘From life to God’, will share more about that with us.3. You’ve created a chart ‘as a circle’ to help explain how to have a balanced view of God, withfour quadrants; Love, Essence, Wisdom & Power. Can you explain more about that?4. How could the pastor or counselor use this chart as a tool in a session?5. You’ve provided in the book a weekly devotional with daily scripture readings within thattopic, why was this important to include in the book?6. How would a pastor or biblical counselor use this as a resource in counseling?Episode Resources:Bradhambrick.com God's Attributes - Rest For Life's Struggles - Resource booklet 
In this episode, the hosts, Mike, Shauna, and Jeremy discuss with special guest, Pastor of Counseling, Brad Hambrick of The Summit Church in Durham, NC how to identify passive or aggressive self-centered spouses, what types of passive and aggressive, their stages, and strategies for interaction.  Episode Notes:1. You write using Case Studies, Passive and Aggressive self-centered spouse, tell us why you approached the book that way? 2. Within each assessing the problem, you break it down into 3 stages. Do you want to give us a quick recap of those? 3. So you then go to mention types within the passive & aggressive self-centered spouses…share with us a bit more about that. 4. What are some strategies of interaction within these types of self-centered spouses? 5. After writing this book, is there anything else that would helpful for us to know/learn about providing biblical counseling to a self-centered spouse? 6. How would a pastor or biblical counselor use this as a resource in counseling? Episode Resources: Self-Centered Souse bookletBecoming a church that cares for the abused Bradhambrick.com 
In this episode, hosts, Mike, Shauna, and Jeremy discuss with special guest, Pastor of Counseling, Brad Hambrick of The Summit Church in Durham, NC the reality of "Burnout"  - resting in God's fairness. Brad argues burnout is actually a consequence of our life management, and he shows us how to create a time budget to avoid living beyond our means with the time God has provided.  What is Burnout? What Causes Burnout? You mention motives in burnout…can you speak to that? -pride, fear & approval of man You suggest doing a time budget…can you share more about that? What are your suggestions to help prevent burnout? How would a pastor or biblical counselor use this as a resource in counseling? Episode References:Burnout: Resting In God's Fairnesswww.bradhambrick.com/events - webinar call for pastors and counselors.
In this episode, the hosts, Mike, Shauna, and Jeremy are back in the studio to discuss the "Gospel For Real Life" series that will be launching over the next 6 weeks that will be super helpful and practical in the counseling room. This series includes burnout, self-centered spouses, God's attributes, depression, PTSD, and cutting - they then discuss the 2021 ABC National Conference.Gospel Care Collective W/Jason KovacsR3stored Ministries W/Carl & Laura ChicaShauna@christiancounseling.com with any questions regarding training centersEmail us at topics@speakthetruth.org with anything you'd like us to discuss.
The need in the deaf communityStatistics: 90% of deaf children are born to hearing parents 85% of mothers learn to sign and about 2% of fathers learn to sign so most don't learn to communicate in their heart language(sign language). The deaf is considered an unreached people group, so less than 2% of the deaf community are believers in America. 70 Million deaf and hard of hearing people in the world. Fall of 2020 a bible was translated into the heart language(sign language) Sunshine Interpreters Deaf Millennial Project Deaf Bible Society  Deaf Missions  Door International 
Booklet Summary  Anxiety: Anatomy and Cure presents God’s prescription for victory in anxiety. Worry, doubt, and fear get the best of us all sometimes. Anxiety, like any other negative emotion, is a twisted version of something positive from God. Since we live in a fallen world, we may never have full victory over anxiety on this side of heaven. However, Bob Kellemen counsels that we can have victory in our anxieties—we can learn to use anxiety when it strikes and avoid the temptation to sin. In this biblical applicational study, Bob lays out a proper Christian view of anxiety from Creation to Fall to Redemption to Consummation. Along the way, he helps us apply the gospel to our daily lives and reclaim anxiety for what it should be—a vigilance to motivate us to do God’s work. Purchase Anxiety: Anatomy and Cure  To learn more about the books, including free resources and sample chapters, people can visit Bob’s RPM Ministries website: www.rpmministries.org.Also, RPM Ministries has it's own secure, user-friendly RPM Ministries Book Store (https://rpmministries.org/store/) where people can order either book individually for 35% off, or they can purchase the two books together for 40% off.About Bob Kellemen:Bob Kellemen, Th.M., Ph.D.: Dr. Kellemen is Academic Dean, Dean of Students, and Professor of Biblical Counseling at Faith Bible Seminary in Lafayette, Indiana. Bob is also the Founder and CEO of RPM Ministries through which he speaks, writes, and consults on biblical counseling and Christian living. Dr. Kellemen served as the founding Executive Director of the Biblical Counseling Coalition. For seventeen years, Bob was the founding Chairman of and Professor in the MA in Christian Counseling and Discipleship department at Capital Bible Seminary in Lanham, MD. Bob has pastored four churches and equipped biblical counselors in each church. Bob and his wife, Shirley, have been married for thirty-nine years; they have two adult children, Josh and Marie, and three granddaughters. Dr. Kellemen is the author of twenty books including Gospel-Centered Marriage Counseling and Gospel-Centered Family Counseling.
Two-Book Series InformationOn September 15, 2020, Baker Books released Dr. Bob Kellemen’s 19th and 20th books—a two-book series on marriage and family counseling:   Gospel-Centered Marriage Counseling: An Equipping Guide for Pastors and Counselors Gospel-Centered Family Counseling: An Equipping Guide for Pastors and Counselors  To learn more about the books, including free resources and sample chapters, people can visit Bob’s RPM Ministries website: www.rpmministries.org. Also, RPM Ministries has it's own secure, user-friendly RPM Ministries Book Store (https://rpmministries.org/store/) where people can order either book individually for 35% off, or they can purchase the two books together for 40% off. About Bob Kellemen: Bob Kellemen, Th.M., Ph.D.: Dr. Kellemen is Academic Dean, Dean of Students, and Professor of Biblical Counseling at Faith Bible Seminary in Lafayette, Indiana. Bob is also the Founder and CEO of RPM Ministries through which he speaks, writes, and consults on biblical counseling and Christian living. Dr. Kellemen served as the founding Executive Director of the Biblical Counseling Coalition. For seventeen years, Bob was the founding Chairman of and Professor in the MA in Christian Counseling and Discipleship department at Capital Bible Seminary in Lanham, MD. Bob has pastored four churches and equipped biblical counselors in each church. Bob and his wife, Shirley, have been married for thirty-nine years; they have two adult children, Josh and Marie, and three granddaughters. Dr. Kellemen is the author of twenty books including Gospel-Centered Marriage Counseling and Gospel-Centered Family Counseling. 
Biblical Concepualization of OCD 300.3Presence of obsessions, compulsions, or both:Obsessions are conceptualized by the following:Fallen World—There is empirical evidence that obsessions are strongly influenced by factors associated with living in a fallen world (i.e., brain structure, physical, emotional, or sexual abuse at a young age).   Fear—Obsessions within this diagnosis are typically associated with perceived and potentially dreadful outcomes.  For example, becoming contaminated by germs or unbiblical ideas about being condemned by God.Deception—Obsessions are products of a deceptive heart (Jeremiah 17:9), and are not rooted in actual, objective reality.  Self-Focus—Since obsessions create significant distress and anxiety, they will often contribute to an excessive and extreme form of self-focus wherein the vast amount of a person’s cognitive activity and life is centered on his/her subjective reality.Presence of obsessions, compulsions, or both:Compulsions are conceptualized by the following:Control—Unlike obsessions (which are involuntary), compulsions are learned behaviors that are an attempt to control one’s sense of anxiety or distress as well as perceived threats or dreadful outcomes.Deception—Compulsions “feel” uncontrollable, but this is simply another agonizing deception of the heart that is associated with this particular diagnosis.  Additionally, compulsions ultimately do not effectively treat the haunting obsessions that create distress in people.Folly—Defined as a lack of normal prudence and foresight (especially in reference to God). When an individual follows his/her own folly it turns his/her world upside down(Proverbs 19:3).  Counsel may increase fear/anger/distress:When being counseled or treated, counselees are confronted with new ways of seeing and experiencing, and this may manifest increased fear and anger.    
DSM 5 Criteria for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder 300.3Presence of obsessions, compulsions, or both:Obsessions are defined by (1) and (2)Recurrent and persistent thoughts, urges, or images that are experienced, at some time during the disturbance, as intrusive and unwanted, and that in most individuals cause marked anxiety or distress. The individual attempts to ignore or suppress such thoughts, urges, or images, or to neutralize them with some other thought or action (i.e., by performing a compulsion).2. Compulsions are defined by (1) and (2)Repetitive behaviors (e.g., hand washing, ordering, checking) or mental acts (e.g., praying, counting, repeating words silently) that the individual feels driven to perform in response to an obsession or according to rules that must be applied rigidly.  The behaviors or mental acts are aimed at preventing or reducing anxiety or distress, or preventing some dreaded event or situation…clearly excessive.B. Presence of obsessions, compulsions, or both:Compulsions are defined by (1) and (2)Repetitive behaviors (e.g., hand washing, ordering, checking) or mental acts (e.g., praying, counting, repeating words silently) that the individual feels driven to perform in response to an obsession or according to rules that must be applied rigidly.  The behaviors or mental acts are aimed at preventing or reducing anxiety or distress, or preventing some dreaded event or situation…clearly excessive.
This was a podcast we did earlier this year to begin the conversation regarding the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorder with an important disclaimer. In order to re-engage the conversation of counseling people who have been highly psychologized, we wanted to review this episode to set up our episode next week regarding (OCD | Obsessive Compulsive Disorder).Here are the notes from earlier this year on this episode. Stay tuned next week as we continue in our "unpacking diagnoses" mini series: unpacking OCD.The disclaimer is to help pastors, biblical counselors, and lay leaders to engage the culture with this material.– Understanding the DSM and its terms– Not feeling intimidated by labels– Diagnostic damnation - the label becomes the person’s identity– Everyone has a worldview, a lense, a conceptual lens in which they view everything– Secular psychology pushes, what does my theory say - so our theory informs our methodology– The DSM is the bible of Psychiatry– when we encounter these labels, we’re not counseling them, we're counseling the heart - according to scripture
In this episode, host, Mike Van Dyke sits down with Pastor and Biblical Counselor, Lee Lewis to discuss establishing mutual soul care in the local church - bringing soul care into the life and culture of the local church. They discuss the process of evaluating the culture in a church - it's care culture and discipleship culture. And asking questions that may reveal being a Sunday heavy church. Is it time to change the model of our churches? Is the current model producing disciples that are equipped to love as Christ called us to in order to show the world that we are His disciples? Episode Resources: www.soulcareconsulting.com Material: Level 1 - Transforming Mutual Care. Level 2 - Transforming Small Group Leadership
Episode Notes:Trauma-Induced AnxietyThe effects of sinIdentifying gospel gaps in the anxious heartConcern and trouble are sinful, it's when it goes beyond that to worry and anxietyWhat we do with worry either leads to trust or anxiety. And depending on where that trust is, depends on when something turns into full-blown anxiety.Conditioned Anxiety - when one blows right past care and concern into anxiety.Then anxious heart always puts God on trial and questions His character.Episode Resouces:www.bethmariebroom.com 
Episode Notes: what are the psalms how would you use it in the counseling session After the session for homework The Psalms naturally model for us a Godwardness to our prayers, thinking, suffering, and pain. What life is about the bible is about, and what the bible is about is what life most needs to be about. Resources: Counseling Through The Psalms - ABCRes
Episode Notes:In this episode, the hosts, Mike, Shauna, and Jeremy are joined with Author, Elyse Fitzpatrick to discuss her Home: How Heaven and the New Earth Satisfy Our Deepest Longings. And then they discuss her newest book, Worthy: Celebrating the Value of Women.Episode Resources Worthy Home Sheep Among Wolves Elyse's Podcast - Worthy 
Episode Notes: ABC's aim through the certification pathway to help equip the local church - a pastor in helping shepherd the local church - but also the professional to help better apply the bible in their practice. Our pathway provides a foundational process in which to grow while allowing one to practically apply the truth as one learns; so our methodology creates the ability to cultivate a biblical counseling paradigm in the local church. The certification parameter creates a culture of accountability and provides a pathway to becoming equipped in how to apply the gospel of Jesus Christ to everyday life. Level 1 Certification Objectives  Develop a biblical philosophy of the Christian life that includes active involvement in a community of believers. Develop a biblical philosophy of counseling that emphasizes the call of all believers to take part in the work of counseling and discipleship. Understand the basic meaning of biblical counseling. Acquire a basic understanding of the general and specific methods of biblical counseling. Cover various counseling-related issues that include depression, anger, anxiety, addiction, and sexuality. Level 2 Certification Objectives  Develop basic practical skills in the personal ministry of God’s word with people. These basic skills include careful listening, helping people open up, conveying compassion, grace, and mercy, and guiding constructive ministry conversations. Develop more advanced skills in the personal ministry of God’s word with people. These more advanced skills include responding patiently to difficult ministry conversations, discerning counseling problems from within a biblical worldview, helping people understand and apply the gospel of Jesus Christ in daily life, and more. Grow in Christian maturity as a minister of the gospel. That is, learn to be humble, repentant, and dependent upon the Holy Spirit in heart and life while ministering to others. Broaden your general knowledge of Scripture as it relates to life and struggles while also broadening the strategic and careful application of the Scripture to specific people and their situations. Learn how to depend on the Holy Spirit during the process of change. Develop a genuine love for others, and active, daily prayer life. Level 3 Certification Objectives Specialized training Episode Resources: shauna@christiancounseling.com for more information about ways to connect with training centers
Exercise - excerpt from the monthly (August) EquipU piece: Exercise has wonderful potential to positively impact one’s mental state in various ways. It is also important to note that while not emphasized in Western culture, exercise at root, is a spiritual activity. It is a spiritual activity because one’s motives for doing anything, including exercise, are ultimately anchored in what an individual is worshipping. 1 Cor. 10:31 - "Whatever you do" "do all" "to the glory of God" Creating a purpose statement - placing God at the center of why you do a particular activity/exercise, etc. Gal. 5:16-17 - competing desires Matt. 6:21 - what does the person value Eph. 4:22-24 - deceitful desires and what they can produce The physical and emotional benefits of exercising  Endorphin release - improving sleep quality, mood and cognitive function Neurotropic release - learning ability Adrenal functioning - improving mod, and ability to cope with stress Habituation
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Zach Nichter

love these case study discussions

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