Family Counseling

 

FAMILY COUNSELING

Individual, group, pastoral, or clinical counseling

Counseling or Therapy in most cases is the same depending on one’s ideology and or philosophy. At ACI we look at each client based on where their setting in life and developmental stage. We also take in consideration a client’s culture and or spiritual belief in order to help them. Our goal is to identify patterns of faulty thinking and or unacceptable behaviors that negatively affect our clients and their families. By identifying these patters we find these families interact in a more healthy way. We realize every potential client may not be a good fit, so we will do our best to connect them with an organization or resource that may meet their needs.

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Parents of Adolescents / Teens
Relationship Coaching – We all do better when we have positive relationships in our life and this applies with every human developmental stage we experience. The teenage years can be challenging, for the parents as well as the teens. This series helps parents and their teens to communicate more effectively, in order to build closer relationships.

Family or Group

Pyschoeducational
These sessions consist of a group that shares a specific type of concern that focuses on educating clients about their issues and ways of coping. Many psycho-educational groups consist of members that all share the same issues.

MARRIAGE
Pre/Post marital growth

These types of workshops are educational, fun and engaging. Interaction allows couples to unpack personal baggage that could possibly hinder long term marriage. When we say workshop we mean participants will work individually, collectively and then shop for wisdom; knowledge and Gods’ understanding on the role a help- mate plays.

Marriage Education

​EMTS (Educational Marriage Tune-up Sessions) We tune-up our cars, why not tune-up our marital relationship! This group consist of assessment tools; PM (Pre-Marital); PM (Post Marriage); MC (Marriage with children); Prepare CC (Cohabitating Couples); MT&E (Marriage Tune-up & Enrichment), and MAC (Mature Age Couples, 50 yrs. +).

Marriage Enrichment

Marriage Enrichment is designed to address a married couple’s relationship, at the point where they are. Couples in marriage can become stationary and bored with the same daily routine whether they have children or not. Married couples don’t necessarily need preventive counseling and educational materials. Some couples wish to enrich their marital relationship and some couples need to be encouraged in the same manner. To enrich the marriage we should assess where the marriage is and what’s working and what needs improvement. The main focus will be to utilize assessment tools so couples can learn more about one another in their marriage; know their strengths and areas of improvements.
​This approach helps couples evaluate the health of their marriage and provides them with valuable information that can be used to self-evaluate their communication styles. They may also determine that they need assistance from a marital coach, counselor or a marital therapist.

Other areas that our Marriage Enrichment approach will address are:

• Premarital evaluation

• Marriage with children

• Marriage transition after 50

Couple Accountability Counseling
All leaders should have an accountability person or team, because no man or woman is an island. Couple Accountability helps with marriage peer pressure. We sometimes want or desire what others have in ministry leadership; however we must first ask what God wants you as a couple to have, in order to be effective in your ministry. We assist couples by identifying common pitfalls that have a negative effect on leadership relationships. We also introduce coaching (in person or phone) for couples who find it difficult to express their thoughts and feelings.

Life coaching
Life coaching parallels counseling in the since of identifying a person’s personal journey and concerns. Coaching does identify one’s personal issues and habits that stagnate personal growth personally or professionally. Coaching encourages and supports clients with careers or personal challenges. Coaching helps set and achieves goals. In order to make coaching effective we should hold our clients accountable for their actions in the goals they set. In order for a person to achieve their goals there must be a new and healthy energy and desire. In some cases, a person may not want to set goals but, may want to improve their relationship skills, then our coaching becomes mentoring certain character changes they want to achieve.

Parenting

Power Parenting
The POWER PARENTING TODAY approach is based upon child-developmental stages and biblical principles.

POWER PARENTING TODAY is an outgrowth of ACI’s (Alpha Covenant, Inc.) ‘Rainbow Parenting’ programs. Over 20 years of research and dozens of parenting programs have provided the curriculum used in this popular biblically-based program. It is built on a foundation that has provided strategies and ideas that encourage and empower parents with the skills needed to motivate, discipline, and guide their children to become successful Christian adults.

Bible scriptures assist parents in putting their faith into practice, as they learn how to understand their own parental roles and expectations. These trainings provide parents with the opportunity to learn and discuss age appropriate methods that encourage positive communication and behaviors. In addition, participants will learn strategies that will help make their parenting experience easier, less stressful and more enjoyable.
The POWER PARENTING TODAY series empowers and makes parenting easier, more effective, and more enjoyable!

POWER PARENTING TODAY 12-hour Christian parenting program will make a positive difference in children’s acceptance of responsibility, self-esteem, and behavior problems. It will also reduce parents’ stress and anxiety levels, and make the home a more loving and nurturing environment. Using scriptural principles, the curriculum addresses the following topics:

• The Power of Love & Understanding

• Positive Communications are Critical

• Motivating, Encouraging & Influencing Your Children

• Discipline with Love and Authority

Parents’ Comments:
“I’ve been to Parenting classes before, that were boring and dull. These classes were fun, but had lots of information too!”…Jennifer
“I really liked these classes. My husband did not want to come but after the first class, he was excited about coming. Thanks for all of your help.”…Denise
“I wish there were more sessions. Thanks and God bless you two.”…Grace Chou H.
“This class was a life saver in our family! I really do feel empowered.”…Precious B.
“Thank you! I really learned a lot about my kids and me! I liked the role playing most of all.”…Jason K.
“I liked everything about this class and learned a lot of good info. We should have a reunion in a year.” …Maria Elena V.

Parent Education Training and Certifications Completed by Rev. Larry Ginn & Ninette Richardson.
Rainbow Parenting was developed in 1994
Parenting & Family Ministry for over 30 years
The following are a list of parenting training and curriculums ACI has implemented:

– Active Parenting
– Active Parenting of Teens
– Mega Skills for Parents
– Children Come with Clean Slates
– Responsible Parenting
– Raising Responsible Children
– Loving Solutions
– Strengthening Stepfamilies
– Confident Parenting
– Successful Parenting
– Strengthening Multi-Ethnic Families & Communities
– Essentials of Black Parenting
– Parent Project (for Difficult & Non-Compliant Teens)
– Positive Parenting
– Positive Parenting of Teens
– Positive Choices for Teens
– Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP)
– Doctor Dad-Hands on Instructions for Fathers
– Christian Parenting:
– Active Christian Parenting
– Raising Difficult Children in Difficult Times
– Anger Management
– Solving Family Conflict and Anger
– Trauma, Crisis, and Grief Counseling

– Chemical Dependency
– Family & Domestic Violence
– Blueprints (Character Education)
– The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
– Power Parenting Today
– Powerful Parenting Today


Organizational training (Lay and Leadership)

​We offer group sessions for Grief as well as lay and leadership training. We invite and encourage your organization to consider having this training at your location. A few benefits are:

• Helping individual, groups are families cope and process their grief (loss); a crisis or a  traumatic event

​• Being prepared to give verbal or emotional first aid and ‘what to say’ and ‘what not to say’

• Identify, listen and calm people facing grief or a crisis

• Gain knowledge of the role of first responders in a crisis and IC (Incident Command)

• Learn how to develop a strong care ministry to deal with most emergencies that will arise

Sign up your group or organization today. Our calendar is filling up quickly.

“To me the most important part of ministering to one who is grieving is to be present, sometimes quietly, sometimes with a shoulder or open arms; but most importantly with a heart of compassion.”  Larry Ginn, ACI

Pre and Post-Marriage Workshops

These types of workshops are educational, fun and engaging. Interaction allows couples to unpack personal baggage that could possibly hinder long term marriage. When we say workshop we mean participants will work individually, collectively and then shop for wisdom; knowledge and Gods’ understanding on the role a help- mate plays.

Couple Accountability Counseling – All leaders should have an accountability person or team, because no man or woman is an island. Couple Accountability helps with marriage peer pressure. We sometimes want or desire what others have in ministry leadership; however we must first ask what God wants you as a couple to have, in order to be effective in your ministry. We assist couples by identifying common pitfalls that have a negative effect on leadership relationships. We also introduce coaching (in person or phone) for couples who find it difficult to express their thoughts and feelings.

 

Grief, Crisis, and Trauma Counseling

We all, at some point and time in our life span will experience a Traumatic event. It could be as an infant, adolescent, teen or adult, and no matter what stage we experience it, there is the possibility it could affect us mentally, emotionally, physically or spiritually for the rest of our lives. Trauma can be man-made or natural, but not all trauma will lead to a crisis, it depends on a person’s personality, spiritual or religious beliefs and culture. When we hear the word ‘crisis’ we visualize pictures and words that could be upsetting, dangerous, out of control; ‘hopelessness,’ sometimes ‘helplessness’, hysterical, nonfunctional, and anxious, and possibly all of the above depending on the crisis. Grief has been defined as intense emotional suffering and/or the loss of something or someone significant. Whatever type grief one experiences, it has to do with loss. It could be the death of a loved one or friend; a pet, a job; a house, or something tangible you treasured.

Parents of Adolescents / Teens

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