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Forum 2: Discussion Board Post Primer 

When addressing the questions above (#1 and #2), I want you to approach the topic of suffering by following the instructions given below.  Start by making a list of at least 5 concepts that you will consider when counseling someone who is suffering.  You do not have to actually include this list, per se, in your DB post.  Instead, you will use (i.e., incorporate) this list when considering how you would go about actually counseling someone who is suffering (see below).  

Resources:

You can draw upon three sources if inspiration and insight:

1.  Presentation: Week 3:  Lecture 3.  “Spirituality, Suffering, and Counseling Dynamics.
2.  McMinn: Chapter 2: “Toward Psychological and Spiritual Health.”
3.  Campbell’s Chapter:  “
Suffering.”

Framework:

With your list of 5 or more concept/points you want to include when counseling hurting people, I would like you to imagine that you are actually sitting in an office and your first client comes in to see you.  He/she is hurting physically and emotionally.  See if you can start to conceptualize how you would handle the person’s suffering. What do you think would be important to establish during the initial therapeutic session?  Then, in your mind’s eye, imagine some of the things you might attempt to do in subsequent sessions.  Base your post on the concepts available in your readings.  The purpose of the GDB questions is to see if you can integrate information from the resources you are studying into “real life” counseling situations.

Conceptualization:

Below is a list of concepts you might draw upon when developing your “strategy” for counseling people who are suffering:

Building Trust
Empathy and Compassion

Importance of Listening
Shared Suffering
Self-Disclosure
Hospitality
Different Sources of Suffering
Importance of Listening
Providing Hope
Confrontation
Irrational Thinking
Correcting Faulty Thinking—Importance of Truth
Grace and Truth
Brokenness
Holy Spirit
Redemptive Function of Suffering
Love and Respect
Scriptures
Prayer

Use of Citations/References:

As you incorporate some or many of the concepts given above, make sure that you provide citations for information you are drawing upon from your course material.  Consult the “Basic Citations and References” for rules on how to properly format in-text citations and references.  Also, please consult your APA style manual.

Do Not Include Your Personal Story:

Many of you have gone through considerable pain and suffering in your lives.  This post is not a place to discuss your pain or suffering, or that of your family or friends.  The purpose of this post is to get you to start thinking from the perspective of a professional counselor in the process of counseling “real life people” with their own grief, sorrow, problems, or suffering.