Biblical Approach To Crisis Intervention

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LIBERTY UNIVERSITY BIBLICAL APPROACH TO CRISIS INTERVENTION AN ASSIGNMENT SUBMITTED TO MAX MILLS Ph.D. IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE COURSE PACO 604 LIBERTY BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY BY MARGOT TERESA MARCLE COLUMBIA, TENNESSEE Sunday, March 06, 2011 Abstract In this paper the author will attempt to discuss crisis intervention from a pastoral basis. The use of short-term pastoral counseling in a crisis will be discussed in reference to different types of crisis situations. The methods of practice and the results will be discussed. Pros and cons of spiritually based intervention will be explored and the projected results discussed. Various studies and opinions from journals, books and articles will be referenced in the body of this paper. Biblical Approach to Crisis Intervention Crisis is defined as a time or event in a person’s life when stress becomes so great that one cannot function effectively. Greenstone and Levition (2002) describe crisis as when…”stress mounts and the usual coping mechanisms provide neither relief nor remedy” (Greenstone and Levition, pg. xv). According to the Journal of Clinical Psychology successful crisis intervention depends upon accurately assessing the crisis and initiating the appropriate treatment. Issues needing to be addressed include finding what resources are available to the client; what approach might be effectively initiated; is hospitalization indicated; are there family or community agencies that are available to the client; and is the client in danger of hurting themselves or others. Myer and Conte (2006) state, “Answering these questions requires that assessment of clients in crisis be ongoing and that reactions be monitored in order to adjust the interventions as needed” (Myer and Conte). They also believe that standardized test can be misleading. Once an
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