Our goal in counseling is to help individuals grow in their understanding of themselves and lead them to a place of a stronger relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ through the teaching and application of Scripture. We believe that a living relationship with Christ is the key to interpreting life correctly and living life with the blessing of God (even through tough and difficult circumstances).
We use a Nouthetic approach to our Biblical Counseling, which is a “come along side and lovingly confront with truth” approach (Romans 15:14). We utilize biblical material from both The Association of Certified Biblical Counselors and The Christian Counseling Education Foundation. We recognize that the Bible answers all the questions about what a godly life is and how to live in a way that pleases God (2 Timothy 3:16).
We also recognize that the brain is a very complex organ that impacts our interpretation of life and our responses to life situations. We believe that a medical exam where physiological tests are done in an effort to understand the impact of the physical body on the emotions/feelings can be a helpful tool in both understanding the problems and bringing the symptoms under control so that the spiritual needs of the person can be addressed.
While we appreciate solid research in psychiatry and psychology, we put biblical teaching above man’s reasoning when it comes to heart issues and the resulting behaviors. A student may exhibit behaviors classified as symptoms of ADD, ADHD, or ODD, and there may well be a physiological issue that provokes those behaviors, but if those behaviors are sin issues, we will be constantly holding the student responsible for making those sinful choices.
Your son will have one-on-one counseling sessions with one of our counselors to regularly discuss where he’s growing and where he needs to grow. An Individual Growth Plan (IGP) is developed for each student upon arrival and will be adjusted and edited as needed. This IGP serves as a road map for the student and counselor.
The only expected part of “life-on-life” ministry is that it happens at unexpected times. For this reason, our staff is trained to:
- “Be ready in season and out of season” to “reprove, rebuke, and exhort with complete patience and teaching” (II Timothy 4:2).
- “Always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect” (I Peter 3:15).
In addition to counseling students in these “pause life” moments, we also have regular times of teaching our students from the Bible. The Residence Counselor (House Dad) leads a morning devotional time daily and an evening chapel three times a week. At these chapels, we lay the biblical framework for the character standards on which our demerit system is based.
The students attend church weekly with their house family at Country Bible Church.