Christian Counseling Certification Article on Killing and Murder

The sanctify of life has always been championed by the Christianity.  Stemming from the 5th Commandment, “Thou Shalt Not Kill”, or more properly interpreted, murder, Christianity and the Church has taught it is sinful to take a life without serious applications.  There is a big difference between killing and murdering obviously.   The fact that this distinction is made, in no way lessens the Church or Christianity’s teaching on the sanctify of life, but only saddens the Church when killing becomes necessary.   This brings one to very complicated situations that needs addressed.

First and foremost, revenge killing, murder, abortion and euthanasia are always morally wrong.  It is murder to willingly without sufficient cause to take another human life.   All Christian Churches, especially the Catholic Church, has made numerous condemnations against abortion and euthanasia.  Numerous documents exist that condemn these atrocities.  Pope John Paul II himself referred to today’s culture as the culture of death in which the value of human life has been removed.

The act of killing is not always the act of murder. This is understood in all our legal system as well within moral theology of Christianity

 

Human life through abortion has been commercialized and human beings have been reduced to objects.   Human life through euthanasia has reduced life to a choice instead of a gift.   These social movements have eroded the moral sense of right and wrong in regards to life.  While society hopes to cloud the moral objectivity of murder, Christianity has stood strong in condemning these actions.

Yet, despite the Church’s condemnation of murder, Christian social teaching does not forbid necessary killing.   There is a large difference between justified killing and murder.  Let us first look at war itself.

The Church, especially in the West through St Thomas Aquinas, has taught Just War Theory.  This theory does not praise war but laments the unfortunate necessity of it when evil forces arise.   Aquinas pointed out that war can only be justified when defensive in nature.  Furthermore, certain codes of conduct were necessary.  These codes are reflected today in how civilized nations conduct war.   Use of extraordinary weapons without sufficient cause are forbidden, as well as weapons that can cause massive death and torture.  Furthermore, attacks on civilians, as well as unarmed soldiers and prisoners of war are regulated.   It no longer becomes killing, but murder when the enemy is captured or disarmed and then killed.  This is reflected in Aquinas but also again in modern law regarding war crimes.

Self defense of a nation justifies killing in war, but only to the extent of defense and destruction of evil.   The same ideal is applied to individual self defense.  One who uses deadly force because it is the only alternative in preserving one’s life does not break the 5th Commandment, but instead preserves one’s own life.  Again, this is because the 5th Commandment forbids murder not killing!

Sometimes, one can look to the Old Testament and see the many sanctions of God being very warlike.  These motifs are human words describing the divine in the sacred texts.  It does not mean to interpret a God who has blood lust.  God as the author of life and death can strike down an evil king, for God’s vengeance is justice.  Yet, we see God very much involved in Israel’s history, helping Israel strike down her enemies in war.  We also see in the books of laws, many codes that demanded death for certain offenses.

Interpretation of spiritual or physical death can always be argued, but it is without a doubt, that before Christ, the world was indeed more dark.  God did not magically become different after the coming of Christ, transferring an eye for an eye to turn the other cheek, but God was always the same.  It was the time and the interpretation that differed.

In fact, an eye for an eye mentality found in scripture was actually utilized to minimize violence not condone it.  It looked to prevent excessive revenge and only justice.  Yet, those before the time of Christ, during the fallen era of Satan, were more inclined to sin without the abundance of available grace through Christ’s death.  This does not mean barbaric actions ceased to happen after Christ, but it does point that Satan had a greater grasp on more souls than he does now.   God, before the coming of Christ, through the commandments hoped to guide fallen humanity through the prophets as best he could, but until the coming of Christ, without grace, humanity was at a greater risk of evil influence.   Attempting to curb Israel’s inclinations was the best the prophets could do during these times.  In fact, Christ even pointed out regarding marriage laws, that Moses permitted certain evils only because of the stubborn nature of the people. This applied to all cases in morality.   It would be through Christ that the fullness of law could understood and enacted.

Jesus came to fulfill the Old Law and complete it. His ideas on mercy and forgiveness were key

 

Hence when we review many of the old ways regarding killing in the Old Testament, it must be understood under those lights.  God never sought the death of innocence, but in fact, like with Abraham and Isaac, rejected human sacrifice or death.  Yet, when we see God push forward just punishment upon the wicked, as in the case of the plagues upon Egypt, we cannot associate His justice, as the author of life and death, as wrong.  We cannot apply justification in war and defense towards our own actions, the way God did in the Bible.

Yet, we see many Christian extremists misuse Scripture, especially the Old Testament, to justify killing, when in reality they are committing murder.  One classic example of this is the Book of Leviticus and its condemnation of homosexuality and the proposed punishment of death.   These old laws are not justification for Christians to murder homosexuals, but with misuse and wrongful interpretation of ancient laws can lead to evil outcomes.

Hence, defense that is appropriate to the action is the only time the taking of another life is justified.  This may appear on a larger scale such as a battlefield, or in individual self defense.  These issues again are only a last resort.

The final social issue that clouds the morality of killing and murder is capital punishment.  The idea as whether the state has the right to deny a person of life is debated in Christianity.  While there does exist a historical tradition for the state’s right to execute, these ideas need to be understood in the context of the time period it was developed in.   The largest concern in regards to capital punishment is the right of the state to defend society from harm.  When this is taken into account, in the past, did sufficient prisons exist to defend individuals from dangerous criminals?  Also, was the person a persistent threat?  For self defense to exist, there must exist immediate threat or potential for that threat to continue.

In today’s prisons, the chance of escape is very low.  The idea of an immediate threat is also almost none existent in a modern system.  The only possible situation may be if the criminal is a mobster who can order hits from within prison.  Yet, if the person is imprisoned, no longer a threat to society, can that person be morally executed by the state?

Whether the action was heinous or not is not the question.  The question is does the person pose an immediate threat to society.

Some would contend this is not an issue and that the state has legitimate authority to execute dangerous criminals who commit the most heinous crimes.  Unlike vengeance which is carried out with emotion from the party injured, the state is a legitimate authority that presents justice.  Does the state hence represent God in someway in carrying out sentences?  This was definitely a medieval ideal where kings and queens were ordained by God to rule. Yet, many states are far from pure and just.  Communist nations murder its own citizens everyday in the name of justice.

Yet if a state has legitimate authority and is utilizing its authority in a just way for the protection of society, does it have an authority from God to execute a dangerous criminal?  Is the sentence of death, even if the person can no longer hurt anyone, justified?  Whether revenge or justice, is it condoned?

Ultimately it comes down to whether one believes the state has authority from God to execute criminals.  This is somewhat still a debated issue, especially since in the modern era, incarcerated criminals are usually no longer a threat to society.   I would contend that, while the state is a neutral and just authority void of vengeance, it still cannot in good conscience take a life within the modern ability to confine criminals.  Of course culpability is lessened for those involved in the legal process than a street mob, but the ultimate price of taking a life is forbidden by anyone.

If the state cannot show proof that the execution is for the defense of society, then it truly has no grounds to execute from a Christian perspective.  The only authority to execute for the sake of execution is God. God alone is the author of life and death not the state.

Again, this is taking into account, modern prisons and the ability of the state to protect the people through the prison system itself.

When the state does execute for the sake of execution, it takes the role of God.  Furthermore, this removes the chance of a person to live a life of repentance while in prison.

Many Christians dismiss this type of murder by the state as not important because the individuals are criminals and evil.  They would rather focus on abortion and the innocents who die.  Both issues are important because both involve murder.  Life must be preserved at all stages and situations.   Also bear in mind, many times, innocent men and women can also be executed.

So while state execution does have a history and may be justified even in the past, it is very hard to foster a Christian defense of its application today.  Still be it, the state, as a neutral voice of justice, must ensure that the execution is humane and without torture.  Of course this is after the fact that it remains an immoral action regardless of circumstance surrounding it.

It is indeed difficult to defend the wicked, but the value of life must be protected for all.  God is author of life alone.  Only in cases of self defense is killing permitted in Christianity and that applies to everyone.

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ADHD Consulting Program Article on Adult ADHD

ADHD can affect children but also adults.  Adult ADHD is affects many adults in the United States.  Some are diagnosed and never knew they had ADHD.  This leads to an alarming self evaluation of the past and how ADHD had unknowingly affected not only an adult’s past personality but also past relationships.

Adult ADHD is a reality for many that answer many questions why their previous life was how it was. Please review our ADHD Consulting Program

 

The article, “A new life: being diagnosed with ADHD in my 40s has given me something quite magical” by Jason Wilson looks at how one person was affected by the diagnosis that he had ADHD as a 40 year old.  The article states,

“A pattern began to emerge in the conversation that even I, in my befuddlement, could see. I had been living my life in a state of almost permanent distraction, which periodically descended into panic and chaos in the face of another wasted day, another lost wallet or another forgotten chore.”

This distraction was ADHD and led the man to realize that much of his life and all his issues was directly related to ADHD.  It finally all made sense! To read the entire article, please click here

ADHD Consultants can help others diagnose if they have ADHD and lead them to the necessary help and offer important coping methods to deal with the disorder.  Please also review our ADHD Consulting Program and see if it matches your academic and professional goals.

Clinical Hypnotherapy Certification Article on Hypnosis and Quitting Smoking

Smoking is one of the most addictive habits to break in life.  It can be extremely difficult not only internally but also through the various social triggers and stresses one can come into contact with.  Smokers look to a wide variety of patches or other types of oral fixations on the market to relieve the smoking need.  A strong conscious but also subconscious decision is needed to fully overcome this bad habit.  Cancer, aging and various lung disorders are all serious issues that result from smoking.  Smoking prevents a healthy life style. With one’s health so critical and smoking so detrimental to good health, it is important to gain the upper hand on the habit of smoking.  Fortunately, it is never to late to break habits and there are various ways to break the habit of smoking

Hypnosis and hypnotherapy can help the brain overcome the urges of smoking. Please also review our Clinical Hypnotherapy Certification

 

Many look to other ways to break habits.  Self hypnosis and also going to a certified Hypnotherapists are excellent alternative ways to try to break this habit.  Hypnosis can help break multiple bad habits, help one overcome phobias, and help resolve past trauma.  It is of no surprise then that hypnosis can help the mind overcome bad habits at the subconscious level and help retrain the brain to cope in different ways to stress.

The article, “Trying to quit smoking? Here’s how self-hypnosis could help” from “The Leader” looks deeper at ways to stop smoking, including hypnosis.  The article states,

“Self-hypnosis can be used to help you achieve positive changes in your life, such as quitting smoking. Find a time and place to do your session – make sure it’s somewhere quiet and that you won’t be disturbed.”

To learn more about hypnosis and stopping smoking, please review the entire article by clicking here

Hypnosis is an excellent way to help overcome numerous issues in life, including smoking.  Many who have failed in every way in their attempt to quit have found success with hypnosis.  Please review AIHCP’s College of Hypnotherapy and its Clinical Hypnotherapy Certification and see how it can educate you but also give you the credentials and ability to help others through the power of hypnosis.  The program is online and independent study.  After completing the required courses, one can apply for a four year certification which they can renew.  Please review the program and see if it matches your academic and professional goals.

 

Hypnotherapy Program Article on State of Mind and Happiness

Happiness can be very fleeting in a fallen world.  Happiness can also be very subjective.  However, what one believes can be a large deciding factor if one is happy or not.  Beliefs can cause anxiety and sadness, but also some beliefs may also cause hope and security.  Ultimately, if one is depressed or sad, one needs to address the belief system and see how it plays a role.  Hypnotherapy and hypnosis can play big roles in helping one determine one’s subconscious state and how beliefs affect one’s outlook and happiness.

Hypnosis searches the depths of the mind to see what beliefs may be causing unhappiness. Please also review our Hypnotherapy program

 

 

The article, “Believe It or Not: How Your Beliefs Affect Your Happiness” by Victoria Ward reviews how state of mind can play a large role in happiness.  She states,

“One of the main reasons driving my clients’ decisions to seek out coaching and cognitive hypnotherapy is because they believe something that’s causing them to suffer. Often, they don’t even realise that’s the case, or they may rationally know it’s not true, but still the unconscious sticks to it anyway.”

To read the entire article, please click here

Please also review our Hypnotherapy program and see if it matches your academic and professional goals.  Ultimately hypnosis and hypnotherapy can help uncover many layers if discontent and help someone find what is making them unhappy.  The American College of Hypnotherapy offers a comprehensive online program for those seeking certification in hypnosis.

 

 

Anger Management Consulting Article on Dr. Conte’s Yield Theory

Part of anger management is preventing escalation not only in oneself but also others.  Dr Conte, the instructor of AIHCP’s Anger Management Courses teaches that it is important to listen and understand the other person’s issues and to make sure the other person feels heard.  In doing, so, one then can validate and offer other solutions.  Not being attached to one’s own view is also critical.  In a confrontation, preaching to the other person can also escalate.

 

How can Yield Theory diffuse anger and help you convey your ideas? Please also review our Anger Management Consulting Program

 

The article, “Yield Theory: An Enlightened Approach to Anger” by Conan Milner reviews Dr Conte’s  Yield Theory and how listening, not being overly attached to one’s own opinions, and offer viable solutions can help diffuse anger on both sides.  Milner states,

“When you’re embroiled in an argument, you’re eager to prove your point. But if your approach only escalates the conflict, people will become resistant to your message. It’s tempting to believe that your ability to convince others comes primarily from what you say (or how forcefully you say it). But according to Dr. Christian Conte, the key lies in how well you listen.”

To read the entire article, please click here

Dr Conte works nation wide helping prison guards deescalate confrontations, as well as teaching Anger Management.  His courses at AIHCP are available to students searching to become certified in Anger Management Consulting.  Please review the program and see if it meet your academic and professional goals.

 

Grief Counseling Program Article on Dealing with Grief While at Work

Grief is difficult to deal with.  It forces us to adapt and change.  Through this change, it can be distracting and painful.  Unfortunately, many of us cannot walk away from life but must learn to cope with grief while attending school or working.  This is a difficult process but sometimes can also be therapeutic.  It frees the mind and gives us some normalcy.  Some may even attempt to escape into work to avoid the pain.  This is as much a problem as those who cannot focus on work due to grief.

Learning to adjust at work is important.  Life must go on.  It is important to let your manager or supervisor know of your situation. It may be important also to find counseling to help one adjust.  It can definitely be tough to work while grieving but it is something one must do.

 

Working while grieving can be very difficult for some. Some consider a burden others an escape. Please also review our Grief Counseling Program

 

The article, “7 ways to deal with grief at work” by Erica Sweeney looks the difficulty of coping while at work but looks at ways to help individuals move forward with their career task.  She states,

“Many employees aren’t able to take much time off from work to process a loss. While 88% of employers offer bereavement leave, according to the Society for Human Resource Management, it averages about three days. That amount can vary greatly, however, since no federal requirements for bereavement leave exist. TheFamily and Medical Leave Act doesn’t specifically cover it, and the Fair Labor Standards Act doesn’trequire paid time off to attend funerals.”

To read the entire article, please click here

With careers and work so important to financial stability, it is critical to overcome grief to the extent one can cope while at work.  While we cannot escape grief, we have to be able to live with it.  Please also review our Grief Counseling Program and see if it matches your academic and professional goals.

 

Healthcare Case Management Certification Article on Difficult Readmission Patients

Some of the most expensive patients in healthcare are dealing with homelessness and addiction. These factors contribute to the patients not finding immediate resolution of the issue, as well as frequent re-admissions.  This results in higher prices and more difficult coordinated healthcare care management.  Case Managers find themselves in difficult positions trying to help the patient find a permanent resolution to the medical issues experienced.

 

Readmissions for the homeless and addicted are among the highest. Please also review our healthcare case management certification

 

The article, “These Patients Are Hard to Treat” by Reed Abelson looks at these two types of patients and better ways to help them and also reduce cost.  She states, 

“These individuals, frequently struggling with addiction or homelessness, have extremely complicated medical conditions. By finding them and connecting them to the right doctors and social services, dozens of costly hospital stays could be avoided. The idea has been adopted in numerous communities around the country.”

To read the entire article, please click here

Please also review our Healthcare Case Management Certification.  The program is online and independent study and can help prepare medical professionals for the field of case management.  Please review the program and see if it matches your academic and professional goals.

Grief Counseling Certification Article on Types of Depression

Depression is a chronic state of perpetual sadness.  Some forms of depression are acutely caused and temporary while other forms have no real reason and can last for months upon months or reoccur.

Depression is a far more serious state than normal grief reaction.  Normal grief reaction results from loss in some form.  It proceeds through a series of responses that can go in a particular order or not.  Various emotions can skip out of the so called order of denial, anger, bargaining, mourning and acceptance.  In fact, normal grief reactions can also have extreme oscillations and reversals to previous states.  None of this constitutes depression necessarily.  Grief itself is a natural reaction to loss and is not a pathology.  Sadness over loss even years after does not designate depression, but the inability to escape continual acute emotional pain and ability to adjust to new life does.

Depression can have a direct cause or no cause. It is important to find help. Please also review our Grief Counseling Certification

 

Depression though results in a variety of complications that prevent a normal grief reaction.  Sudden or extreme losses can cause depression, as well as, situations surrounding the loss itself.  Some losses are so extreme or the situations so gruesome that it can shake the very fabric of the individual’s life narrative.  These reactions can lead to later complications in the grief response and prevent adaption to the loss.

Depression hence can be caused due to external issues but it can also be internal.  Depression sometimes may have no true cause or loss correlated with it.

The article, “Depression is one of the most common mental health conditions in the United States. There are several different types of depression.” by Jane Leonard looks at the different types of depression and their symptoms.  She states,

“Depression is one of the most common mental health conditions in the United States. There are several different types of depression.  People with depression experience distinct periods — lasting at least 2 weeks — of sadness, low energy, and loss of interest in things that they once enjoyed. People sometimes refer to these periods as depressive episodes.”

To read the entire article on depression, please click here

It is important to realize that simply certified grief counselors without any type of counseling license cannot treat depression.  They can help with others in overcoming the pains of grief but they cannot treat depression.  Individuals who are licensed and also obtain a certification in Grief Counseling have the ability to utilize their skills to treat both, natural grief and complications in grief.  This does not mean certified grief counselors do not play an important role.  Those who are only certified but not licensed as counselors, can still help others overcome loss and possibly identify signs of grief complication.  They can serve as front line soldiers in helping others find the help they need in overcoming depression.

Please also review our Grief Counseling Certification program and see if it matches your academic and professional goals.  The program is online and independent study and is open to qualified professionals seeking certification.

Substance Abuse Counseling Program Article on Teen Recovery from Opioids

Opioids are a rising problem within the United States.  Lower income families see their teens receive less help and the recovery they need to overcome the pill epidemic.  Many teens become addicted at a younger age and continue down the dangerous path of addiction to these types of drugs.

 

Teen substance abuse and lack of recovery programs that help are a big issue especially with opioids. Please also review our Substance Abuse Counseling Program

 

The article, “After opioid overdose, poor teens rarely get addiction treatment” by Lisa Rapaport looks at the struggles for teens from these families.  She states,

“Less than one third of teens and young adults who overdose on opioids receive addiction treatment afterward, and the few who do get help receive counseling instead of medication to combat substance misuse, a U.S. study suggests”

To read the entire article, please click here

Substance Abuse continues to be an issue. It may be an issue as old as time, but it can be curbed and it is important that teens receive the help they need to avoid addictions.  Recovery and help play key roles into keeping teens from becoming addicted or fatally over dosing.

Please also review our Substance Abuse Counseling Program and see if it meets your academic and professional goals.  The program is online and independent study and is open to qualified professionals seeking this certification through online education.

 

 

Healthcare Case Management Certification Article on Success in Healthcare

Success within the healthcare market can be a challenging thing.  Healthcare professionals and healthcare organizations have stiff competition but by meeting primary goals they can meet success and carry on a successful model for patients, employees and overall health of the community.

 

There are multiple elements that determine success in healthcare. Please also review our Healthcare Case Management Certification

 

The article, “Defining Success in Healthcare” by Keith Loria looks at some things that determine the success for those involved in healthcare.  He states,

“Success in these measures will be defined by stakeholders including patients, providers, and employers having a better understanding and view of their healthcare costs; stable or reduced costs of healthcare that patients and employers actually feel through premiums and cost share; and improvement in the perception of health plans and PBMs by the public,” says Jeremy Schafer, PharmD, senior vice president of New York-based Precision for Value, a group of consultants providing payer insights”

To read the entire article, please click here

One important and critical element to success in healthcare is good case management.  Case and care managers can help patients through admission to recovery increasing positive patient experience and reducing costs for the clinic or hospital.  Please review the American Academy of Case Management and its Healthcare Case Management Certification.  The program is online and independent study, open to healthcare professionals looking to enter into the case management field.