There is a plethora of terms in the mental health field that describe services that can be provided. Often the terms are used interchangeably, but in reality counseling, coaching, and psychotherapy as services have distinct functions from each other. I post this blog as a way of introducing our web site visitors to a new service that we are launching in 2017 now that it is the New Year!
Sadly, it has been approximately 7 months, since I last posted a blog. The explanations for this are numerous: finishing my dissertation, having an extended Spanish language immersion trip this past summer (I will post on that at a future date), experiencing family medical issues, and just plain getting out of the disciplined habit of weekly writing.
Some months ago a ministerial colleague, knowing that I am a licensed clinical social worker, mentioned to me that our denominational judicatory needed to get involved with “Emotional First Aid.” I pleaded ignorance and admitted that I had never heard of it. So this same colleague touted its concept stating it was a technique that she had been training in and that she thought had applications for training lay counselors in churches.
We are already two weeks into the seven weeks of the season of Lent that leads up to the celebration of Easter, according to the Christian calendar. Clearly, I speak from the perspective of a Christian minister as I write this. However, from the perspective of a clinical social worker, I would suggest that the concept of being penitent and reflective exists in other world religions.
As a person of faith who is committed to work towards the end of the violence that is still perpetrated against people of color, or against people of other religions, or against people with alternative sexual identities, I stand with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in working to root out injustice, but in a peaceful manner.
I have found that there are two kinds of responses to Valentine’s Day. The responses are I imagine more based on personality style—there are the romantics and the pragmatists. There are those persons who are romantics and love showering their loved ones with gifts. Then there are those pragmatists who think that the whole day is really a rather ridiculous because you can tell your loved ones everyday that they are loved and you don’t need Hallmark to tell you that.
One year ago, I was sitting on the plane, returning home from one of the most mind-bending and faith-stretching experiences that I have ever had. I am coming back from my first Christian Medical and Dental Association/Global Health Outreach (www.cmda.org) trip to Managua, Nicaragua. The team was at the House of Hope (www.houseofhopenicaragua.org).