Saturday, December 24, 2016

Most of Us can Renew our Minds and be Peaceful

Evaluation for Care and Referral
©Dr. Gary R Sweeten
When I founded Life Way Counseling Centers most people needed a simple way to assess when Distress was so strong Clinical Counseling was needed. So, I developed a simple  one sheet, answer. 

Levels of Problems and Pain
Type A Persons: No life-interrupting problems

Level I Very mature and healthy individuals

  • Able to lead if equipped
  • Strong in relationships and self control; no reactivity
  • Stable and deal with life’s problems
  • Full range of emotional life
  • Not blown about by every new thing

Need: Coaching and Equipping for Ministry

Level II Can vary in healthy lifestyles from weak to developing

  • Some are fragile but dealing with life well
  • Need mentoring for emotional growth
  • Need to be discipled and equipped for service

Need: Coaching for Grow and Equipped for Ministry

Type B Persons: Differing types and intensity of problems

Level III Ongoing issues and problems that cause disruptions

  • Worried or anxious, sad, angry, conflicts and dissatisfied with life
  • Misses appointments, sleeplessness, low performance, relational problems
  • Is strong enough to work and learn from counsel
  • No harmful thoughts about self or others

Need: Care, Coaching, Counsel, Plus Support of Friends and Family

Level IV Ongoing problems and pain

  • Issues getting worse
  • Cannot meet personal, work, family or school responsibilities and cannot change
  • Misses appointments due to depression, anxiety, stress, drinking, etc
  • Cannot concentrate, does very poor work, scattered thoughts
  • Compulsive behaviors with food, gambling, anger, drugs
  • Unresolved conflicts

Need: Professional Coaching, Counseling + Peer Support

Level V Acute Pain

  • Lay and Professional counseling have failed to help so pain increases
  • Cannot manage school or work
  • Ideas are distorted, cannot manage life or relationships
  • Dangerous use of alcohol, food, drugs
  • Thoughts of harming self or others

Need: Intensive Counsel, Care in a safe place + Support

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