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Patterns of Destruction

Family and Violence. These two words should never be found in the same sentence, yet each day all around the world wives are physically, emotionally and sexually battered and abused by their husbands. Husbands and wives are attacked by out of control adolescents; children are neglected, abused and sexually traumatized, leaving life-long scars on the victims. This was certainly not God’s plan for mankind and the family unit.

Patterns of Destruction

Patterns of Destruction is a study about domestic violence and how to deal with it.  It was 1984 when my former associate and I first began working as counselors with the Domestic Violence and Youth Diversion programs of the San Diego City Police Department. I never thought that much of my focus in therapy over the next few years would be with victims of family abuse, either past or present.

My leading in that direction should not have seemed such a surprise. We had long been desirous of developing our counseling ministry with specializations in what seemed to be the most needed fields of concern: dysfunctional families, adult children of alcoholics, adults molested as children, etc.

Patterns of Destruction is a study about domestic violence and how to deal with it.  It was 1984 when my former associate and I first began working as counselors with the Domestic Violence and Youth Diversion programs of the San Diego City Police Department. I never thought that much of my focus in therapy over the next few years would be with victims of family abuse, either past or present.

My leading in that direction should not have seemed such a surprise. We had long been desirous of developing our counseling ministry with specializations in what seemed to be the most needed fields of concern: dysfunctional families, adult children of alcoholics, adults molested as children, etc. These kinds of individual and family problems had for some time been on a steady increase. Yet, my personal interest stemmed from my own family background, since my family of origin was intensely dysfunctional and frequently disruptive. This is not necessarily the best reason to develop a counseling practice or ministry, but the combination of the exercise of personal demons and clinical training has been highly therapeutic for many, including me. My hope is that my knowledge and experience will be expressed in wisdom for those who suffer and for clinicians and pastors who desire to be "wounded healers."

Family and Violence. These two words should never be found in the same sentence, yet each day all around the world wives are physically, emotionally and sexually battered and abused by their husbands. Husbands and wives are attacked by out of control adolescents; children are neglected, abused and sexually traumatized, leaving life-long scars on the victims. This was certainly not God's plan for mankind and the family unit.

How to Use this Book and the Study Guide

First, this manuscript is written for those preparing themselves for effective counseling ministry in this growing arena of concern. This manuscript was meant to be used with the study guide and teaching/seminar tapes provided for students matriculating in University or Bible College programs. The focus is to first present the various facts and figures related to family violence, and then to provide various plans of intervention for families caught in the web of violence.

Secondly, in the section on victims and victimizers, the dynamics of abuse in various areas is fully detailed.

Finally, the section on treatment and recovery details the process of change. The strategies presented are tested over time, and useful for most people, perpetrators and victims alike. When combined with God's power and good clinical wisdom, positive and permanent results glorifying to the Lord will be the result. It is my hope that the reader will grow as he/she processes through the material.

Counselling Studies Stream

Patterns Destruction is a subject from our study stream on Counselling Studies Stream, you may also like one of these study options

Counselling Stream Subjects

Addictions Counselling

Biblical Inner Healing

Crisis Counseling

Group Dynamics

Healing Community

Human Development: A Christian Perspective

I Want To Be Like You Dad

Journey Into Wholeness

Marriage And Family Life

On Belay; an intro to counselling

Parenting On Purpose

Shades of Gray

In this way desiring to declare more fully to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, God interposed by an oath, so that by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us, which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters into that within the veil, where the Forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.  (Heb 6:17-20)

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