Christian Counseling Certification on the Joy of Receiving

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The title of this blog, the “Joy of Receiving” may surprise a few at first but the role a Christian plays in accepting something is as important in the role they play in giving.   We have heard the phrase, “it is truly better to give than to receive” but like all reciprocal relationships, there needs to a proper balance.

If one only takes, then obviously one can detect a clear selfish individual who preys upon the generosity of others.   If one only takes, then they are unable to share, or help others in life.  These individuals tend to be more materialistic and greed filled.  They feel no need to share their talents, or share their gifts to others.  They care very little for the poor or others in need.  The thought of making someone’s else day a better day through a simple generous gesture is beyond their comprehension.  Ultimately, they are unable to experience the reciprocity of love because they only take.    I feel many of the Biblical warnings of greed and selfishness address their spiritual deficiencies.

And yet upon the opposite spectrum, while the Christian who only gives truly sees the more spiritual path, they must also learn to occasionally take with joy as well.  If they do not learn to accept or take, then first, how can they ever accept the greatest gift of all, redemption?  Jesus Christ gave us the ultimate gift through his death and we must accept this gift without hesitation if we are to have salvation.

In this reality, love is a reciprocal act.  It is not poached through greed or selfishness but mutual self-giving.  Love is a reciprocal action of mutual giving and receiving.  In this reality, a Christian must not only give, but also be able to receive.  This is critical to understand if one is to understand love and its relational status.

Love is recipocal and involves giving but also receiving for it to be able to function
Love is recipocal and involves giving but also receiving for it to be able to function

Those who tend to the extreme of only giving, fail to experience the love of being accepted, being loved and given something special, but they also fail to allow others to experience the same joy of giving they experience.  Sometimes even the saintly fail in this category.  They are very dismissive to receive from another out of an over religious zeal of unworthiness.  At the other extreme, some may feel the obligation to give and give out of a sense of duty and when that duty is challenged, their pride is hurt.

Jesus taught us the opposite.  He gave completely but when the times came, he permitted others the joy of giving.  We see this clearly when the women at the house cleaned his feet with the most previous oils.  We also see it at his birth, when the Magi brought the three precious gifts.

As Christians, we must have a balanced spiritual life.  We must give as Christ gave, but we must also allow others to experience the joy of giving as well.  This means letting go of possible pride, or false unworthiness and accept gifts with Christian joy.  In doing so, we balance the reciprocity of love and allow others to experience the gift of giving itself.   We must learn to accept gifts, the way we accept Christ’s ultimate gift on the cross with love.  In doing so, we will better be able to share in the reciprocity of love that is both giving and accepting.

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Stress Management Article on Managing Stress at Work

Good article on dealing with stress at work and navigating through it with your team.  Reducing stress is critical in Stress Management and can be used in the professional setting to calm employees and increase productivity.  Please click here to learn more about stress reduction.

Managing stress at work and leading the team to success can be difficult and stress management skills are key
Managing stress at work and leading the team to success can be difficult and stress management skills are key

The article, How To Negotiate With Your Team In Stressful Situations, by Tanya Tarr lists how a team leader can help manage his or her team through stressful and difficult situations.  She states,

 “My whole team is going to quit,” read a text from my friend and former client, Janice (not her real name). Janice is a new manager, working for an exciting start-up in the health and tech space. As is often the dynamic of start-up life, every task is urgent and everything needed to be done yesterday. But Janice knew this approach to project management was creating near-toxic conditions for her newly-created team of ten.”

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Substance Abuse Counseling Certification Article on Teen Drinking

Good article on the dangers of teen substance abuse and five critical tips parents can use in order to protect their teens from dangerous and life altering decisions regarding substance abuse.  Please also review our Substance Abuse Counseling Certification and see if it matches your academic and professional needs.  Click here to review

Keeping the teens safe is a big concern for parents. Please also review our Substance Abuse Counseling Program
Keeping the teens safe is a big concern for parents. Please also review our Substance Abuse Counseling Program

The article, 5 Tips for Parents Dealing With Teen Substance Abuse, states

“Catching substance abuse early can help guide a teen back on track and potentially avoid years of physical, emotional, financial and legal repercussions.

Teen substance abuse is serious. According a survey conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), more than 7,800 people in the US begin using illicit drugs every day and more than half are under the age of 18. Finding out a teen is using drugs can be a scary and stressful experience for a parent.

To read the entire article and learn the five tips to help your teen then please click here

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Bereavement Counseling Certification Article on Executive Grief

Good article on executives and handling grief.

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Please also review our Bereavement Counseling Certification

The article, Three Ways Executives Can Cope With Grief, by Caroline Stokes states

“When a loved one dies, it’s expected that the bereaved may turn to a therapist, grief counselor, support group or another trusted helper. These professionals can help shoulder the daily burden of grief and offer support and guidance in an extremely vulnerable time.

But for an executive, decreased functioning in their personal life can have ramifications for the larger organization and on any dependent employees.”

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Healthcare Management Certification Article on Chronic Care Management

Good article on how good chronic care management can be very cost effective and also help patients with their overall health

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Please also review our Healthcare Management Certification

The article, Chronic care management program showing signs of saving money, improving care, by Virgil Dickson  states,

“A CMS experiment that compensates doctors to improve care for the sickest Medicare beneficiaries is showing signs of both saving money and improving quality.

Since 2015 the CMS paid physicians an average of $50 per patient per month for consulting with specialists and coordinating chronic-care services.”

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If you are a nurse or a healthcare professional, you may discover that this certification in Healthcare Case Management will be very helpful in your academic or professional careers. Please review our Healthcare Management Certification

Substance Abuse Counseling Program Article on Myths and Facts About Addiction

Good article on myths and facts regarding substance abuse and drug addiction

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Please also review our Substance Abuse Counseling Program

The article, National Drug and Alcohol Facts Weeks about dispelling myths on substance abuse, by Winchester Sun states,

“National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week is a health observance linking teens to science based facts to “shatter the myth” about drugs.

Substance use can lead teens to long-term social and health problems, injury and even death.”

To read the entire article, please click here

Please also if you a behavioral professional or a licensed healthcare professional consider becoming certified in Substance Abuse Counseling.  This certification is offered by the American Institute of Health Care Professionals

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Bereavement Counseling Training Program

Respecting grief in the workplace can be a challenging thing for the employer as well as among fellow employees.  This article looks at some of these issues

Helping people deal with grief at work can be tough. Please review our bereavement counseling training
Helping people deal with grief at work can be tough. Please review our bereavement counseling training program

The article, How To Respect The Grieving Process In A Diverse Workplace, by Gloria Horsley states

“When we say that everyone grieves their own way, our cultural background is part of why we see and feel it so differently. There are different responses, emotions and coping strategies. Various cultures have rites and rituals that have been passed down for centuries that are specific to the funeral and mourning process.”

To read the entire article, please click here

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Online Counseling Training: Life Changes

Navigating Through Life Changes

You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself.     Jim Rohn

 Online counseling training is an excellent way to learn how to aid those in need or simply sharpen your counseling skills. Online courses can further help by giving you an opportunity to work an education around your schedule. With a virtual classroom, you can take it with you wherever you go! Below is an excellent article by an instructor on Navigating Through Life Changes.

Life changes and we change along with it.  If you are like me, you may be experiencing changes in life patterns, in life expectations and outcomes.  What you envisioned your life to be may not be your reality anymore. What was “known” to you changes, and you may feel baffled, without energy, and hopeless.  Are you feeling that way?  I understand you;  to feel sad and challenged is just human. However….it’s up to you how you continue feeling.

I want to use the analogy of life and the seasons.  Many people have written about this analogy, being Jim Rohn one of my favorites. Jim said we all go through Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter.  It is not a surprise!  Spring is a time of renewal, new beginnings, new opportunities! We may not even take a pause to think!  We enjoy this time in our lives, expecting to last forever. We are hopeful, motivated, and filled with joy!

Then, we reap in  Summer what we have sown in Spring.  Although, I know that at times what we reap is not a reflection of what we sowed, because there are other variables we may not have taken into account or were out of our control. However, we can still learn from this, change our strategy, and continue renewed with expectations.  We still have hope and strength. When Fall comes, is a time to cherish the good times in our lives and prepare ourselves for those times when we will experience the extreme cold of Winter.

Because… it will come, even if we do not want it.

Are you facing a Winter now? What kind of Winter is it?  What are you doing about it?  Are you complaining about how cold it is?  Or are you lighting a fire to keep you warm?  If you are experiencing an extreme cold Winter, I understand you.  Recently, I have experienced a couple of Winters. However…it is up to us, if we freeze to death, or if we choose to wear a warm coat, get close to the bonfire,  and know that Spring is about to arrive.

Remember…Your Life has Meaning!

Ligia M. Houben, MA, FT, CGC, CPC

www.ligiahouben.com

 

Social Workers in Hospice Care | The Herald-News

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Great article about the use of social workers in hospice care.  Pastoral Thanatology is a field of those in ministry but open also to social workers. Please review our pastoral thanatology program

Social workers can become certified as grief counselors.  Please review our pastoral thanatology program
Social workers can become certified as grief counselors. Please review our pastoral thanatology program

and see if it matches your educational and professional needs.  Qualified professionals can become certified members in the pastoral thanatology program at AIHCP

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