Beckie Hennessy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has years in counseling. In this episode we talk about how a clinical counselor organizes their counseling appointment in a way that helps their clients progress and benefit from the counseling provided. Bishop or Stake Presidents can learn from their systems and hopefully help individuals they are spiritually counseling feel more loved.

Episode Highlights

  • What should a bishop expect when working with a professional counselor? (7:05)
  • Thoughts on the LDS Addiction Recovery Groups (14:40)
  • Elder Dallin H. Oaks – Recovering from the Trap of Pornography
  • How should bishops work as a team with the professional counselor? (15:42)
  • How can bishops best organize and track their own progress when counseling with members? (19:45)

5 Ways to Stay Organized as a Spiritual Counselor

  1. Embracing Technology (22:05)
    1. TheraNest (for professional counselors)
    2. Google Docs
    3. Evernote
    4. OneNote
  2. Organize with F.H.E. (How to keep notes during your meetings) (33:26)
    1. Focus – describe in notes the reason why they wanted to meet along with your thoughts about additional areas of focus
    2. Help – what did you advise them to do, what was your commitment to help them?
    3. Expectations – what are the specific actions required of the bishop and of the individual
  3. Be Present or Postponing (40:45)
    1. What do to and say when your are called with an urgent matter during personal time
    2. Become familiar with local crisis lines and resources
  4. Follow Through (53:00)
    1. Timely follow through expresses care, love and genuine concern

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