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SOLUTION-BLESSED BRIEF PASTORAL COUNSELING PROJECT

by
Amy Tahran
L22263350

Presented to John Hobbs,
In partial fulfillment of the requirements for
PACO 500 Introduction to Pastoral Counseling

Liberty Theological Seminary
Lynchburg, VA
12 August 2011

ABSTRACT

For this project, I am placing myself in a hypothetical context as a staff pastoral counselor at my home church in Valley City, ND, serving a congregation of approximately 200. I have chosen as my overarching goal for life to serve others in the capacity for which the Lord has gifted me and prepared me to counsel and minister to them. 1 Peter 4:9 tells us that, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” I believe that serving in a counseling role is my gift, and that it is my calling to use that gift to serve others, and in doing so, to obey God.

My counseling approach will be a solution-focused, brief pastoral counseling model influenced greatly by Charles Kollar’s Solution-Focused Pastoral Counseling, David Benner’s Strategic Pastoral Counseling, and Hawkins’ Pastoral Assessment Model and Counseling Scenario. The client I have chosen to serve for this project is Brody, the youngest remaining child in the case study based on the Hallmark movie Crossroads: a Story of Forgiveness. Brody is attending counseling in an attempt to improve his family relationships and to process the recent deaths of his mother and younger sister.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Abstract……………………………………………………………………………………………2 Part I: The Counseling Setting………………………………………………………………….4 Part 2: The Counselor’s Relational Style……………………………………………………..7 Part 3: The Counseling Strategy/Structure……………………………………………………9

Phase 1…………………………………………………9
Phase 2………………………………………………..10
Phase 3………………………………………………12
Phase 4……………………………………………….12 Part 4: The Counseling Summation………………………………………………………….13 References…………………………………………………………………………………..14 Appendices…………………………………………………………………………………..15 Grading Rubric……………………………………………………………………………..27

Part 1; The Counseling Setting
Rationale for Solution-Blessed Brief Pastoral Counseling
Charles Kollar states that, “In Christian theology the solution to personal sin is not found in understanding the root cause of sin, i.e., understanding the doctrine of original sin. Rather, it is through turning from sin to God’s grace, being thankful for being forgiven, acting upon this forgiveness, and maturing within God’s grace in a constructive and creative way” (41). In light of this statement, and our belief in grace and forgiveness, we can expect that solution focused pastoral counseling can provide guidance and change to those who seek assistance. We recognize that searching for the root cause of the “problem” “often intensifies and maintains the problem”; whereas solution focused pastoral counseling offers opportunities to identify the behaviors, words and/or actions which may be maintaining the problem and looks for solutions to encourage a change, often in a minimal amount of sessions.  The goal of counseling with the solution focused brief approach is “to gracefully suggest the possibility of life without the problem” to the client and to assist them with alternative ways in which to perceive their world (Kollar, pg. 50). What is Solution Blessed Brief Pastoral Counseling? 

This is probably best defined by breaking down the phrase into definitions of each aspect as follows: Solution Blessed-The focus of our sessions will not be the “problem,” but rather, we will focus on solutions. Solution focused counseling begets a more hopeful approach and research indicates that this type of counseling tends to be more effective than a problem focused orientation. Solution Blessed counseling incorporates the belief that our Heavenly Father has equipped each of us with the necessary tools and talents to solve our problems with guidance from scripture and the Holy Spirit....
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