Confidentiality in Group Counseling

One of the most common concerns of a participant is confidentiality. Without confidentiality the work of counseling would be problematic because participants would find it difficult to trust their group facilitator or group enough to share the most intimate details of their lives. 

Confidentiality is too important to a counseling ministry to assume that it is being done well. For this reason, we strive to do everything possible to ensure that we are protecting the stories of those who have entrusted us with them. For this reason, at G4 we believe confidentiality to be so fundamental to caring well for people that it is one of our seven core values. This blog explores two different aspects of confidentiality: (1) why confidentiality is important, and (2) how we as a ministry strive to uphold it. 

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Facilitating Church Based Counseling Groups: Fall 2022 Webinar Series

Do you feel called to use your story and experience to care well for others?

Do you want to understand how to practically run a peer-based support and recovery group in the context of your church?

If you answered “yes” to these questions, we would invite you to join us for this webinar series. 

FAQ

  • What will I learn from these webinars? When you’re done you should be able to understand the practical steps to running a G4 group. 
  • Do I need to attend them all? Yes, each webinar is part of a series and will rely on information from the previous webinars. 
  • Is there a cost? The webinars are free. 
  • How long is each webinar? Each webinar will run for approximately 45 minutes followed by a Q&A. Webinars will start at 3:00PM and will end at or before 4:00PM
  • Who should attend? Anyone who is interested in learning how to facilitate a G4 group at their church.
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G4 Debrief Homepage

Throughout the progression of our G4 ministry leaders need to be trained and developed As a way of serving our leadership team every other week we host debriefs that are meant to encourage leaders, discuss hard topics, and develop leadership skills. Each debrief topic results from issues that needed to be addressed in particular groups that were deemed important for all.

The list below is not meant to be exhaustive and will continue to grow as we cover more important topics.

  • Caring Virtually: Similarities, Differences, and Unique Challenges
  • Accountability: What Is It and How We Use It
  • Leading Not Reading Through the Curriculum
  • How to Push a Participant with Care
  • Setting Group Expectations
  • Asking Quality Questions

Volunteer with G4!

Have you overcome a difficult issue of sin or suffering in your life and want to know how you can use the experience to care for others?Did that season of life leave you feeling like you were alone and as if no one else was dealing with the same struggle that you faced? Does that season of loneliness in your struggle motivate you to help others who might be facing the same or similar struggles that you faced? Do you want to see II Corinthians 1:3-5 be expressed through your life?

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If you answered yes to any of the questions above, I would love you to invite you to learn more about our G4 ministry and the opportunities that are available to serve.

What is G4?

G4 Groups generally consist of 4-12 participants who are grouped together to work through curriculum that is tailored to their specific struggle. G4 provides a small group type of atmosphere where people are able to give a period of time to overcoming a life-dominating struggle with sin or suffering. In this environment we provide a safe environment for our group members to safely gain insight and skills that allow them to engage more fully in life and other biblical community. Continue reading

Why New Year’s Resolutions Go Unresolved

No one sets goals to intentionally fail at them, but year after year it happens to people who make New Year’s resolutions. G4-1It’s why the gym is always crowded in January, busy in March, and empty by June. Whether people make resolutions to eat healthier, lose weight, or even become emotionally healthier the goals are often pushed aside if not completely forgotten relatively early in the year. Why is it that people who start the year with so much excitement about change so quickly lose steam?

Change Requires a Process

We often make resolutions in an area of life that we desire to see change happen but have previously been unable to see it through. Continue reading