Looking forward to PACFA conference at the end of the month with the theme of trauma recovery. Having focused on this area in the practice and continuing to develop strategies.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Christians.
After completing my Masters degree I began to explore addictive behaviours based on the presenting clients such as gambling, drugs, alcohol and pornography. This led me to urge surfing (Bowen, Chawla and Marlatt, 2011). From there it was a short step into acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) (Hayes, Strosahl and Wilson, 2012). Integrating cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), narrative therapy and solutions focused therapy into a basic theology was how the journey began post graduation. It soon became evident that ACT was even more consistent with my theology and it demonstrated that it is an evidence based therapy that merges well within the basic framework already established. It was my privilege to be a presenter at the annual general meeting of CCAA NSW in 2014 exploring this development. Within the introduction of Hayes text he explains how ACT grew out of his own conceptualizing of Judeo-Christian traditions and the proposition that psychology is only really catching up with these traditions and their explanation of human suffering.
In my life I have had occasion to have an urge to write a book on three separate occasions. This was never more so when considering ACT in the context of a Christian experience. Imagine my disappointment to discover a book already existed called ACT with Christian Clients, A Practitioners Guide (Ord, 2014). I recommend you consider purchasing the pdf version for your library.
Bowen S., Chawla N., Marlatt G. A., (2011) Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention for Addictive Behaviours; A Clinicians Guide, The Guildford Press, New York, USA.
Hayes S.C, Strosahl K. D., and Wilson K. G., (2012) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, The Process and Practice of Mindful Change, The Guildford Press, New York, USA.
3. Ord I. R., (2014), ACT with Faith; Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with
Christian Clients; A Practitioners Guide. Compass Publishing, London, UK.
Having completed the training for the Christian Counsellors Association of Australia Ian Parkin is now a supervisor for his colleagues. If you are a counsellor looking for a supervisor please give Ian a call and discuss your needs with him.
Beyondblue put out some amazing booklets. One I have been circulating to as many people as possible has the heading shown above. Research indicates that after the 15 t o 25 age group the next highest risk of suicide is the 70 plus age group. For this reason if you are struggling with feelings that take you to a dark space please seek help or contact Beyondblue, 1300 22 46 36 Lifeline 13 11 14 or this office 0434 355 446 for someone to talk to or to provide free literature.
Out of seven strategies the first is dealing with past failures.
The three steps are to first clearly identify past failures then to process confession and repentance and afterwards forgiveness.
Sometimes the hardest part is looking at ourselves to discern how have we failed in the past in this relationship. Maybe we can identify the failures of the other person yet find it hard to look into ourselves and ask “where could I have failed in tis relationship?”.