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  • Writer's pictureStephen Greggo

A vision of quality care

The phrase quality care is often associated with mission statements and organizational mottos. This provocative term is far easier to claim than it is to demonstrate. What does quality actually look like in counseling? Care, respect, empathy, empowerment, restoration, and mutuality are lofty ideals. These need a firm grounding in client-friendly enactments. Further, for the disciple of Christ who counsels, we have a heavenly partner whom we wish to honor with the fruit of our labor. Service to clients is our service to Him.

Through the promotion of an active, practice-based evidence (BPE) approach to care, quality is cultivated in each conversation and in each session. There will be clearly defined benchmarks to set the course to check for a good-enough partnership and to track progress. In the chapters ahead, counselors will be shown ideas to synthesize a standardized program of assessment rituals. The result should fit your style, setting, and clientele. Further, the beauty and kindness of bringing grace into each counseling experience flows through the way treatment is customized to match the special features of the client on an exacting journey.

Catch this vision. Quality in care can be demonstrated. It is on display when we establish a plausible starting point to begin the work. It shines when there is a readiness to share informed insights concerning the challenge of the moment. Quality prevails in the courage to explore the intricate dynamics of the immediate helping partnership. Additionally, it is expressed by ease in adapting evidence-based interventions into practical helps to fit a client who is known and understood. It is to these ends that the benefits of assessment will connect. It is to this higher level of craftsmanship that clinicians will be called.

Assessment for Counseling in Christian Perspective (ACCP) offers clinical habits, techniques, and strategies to navigate the complexity of the therapeutic encounter. The intent is to employ assessment as a flexible activity to inform, focus, and enliven helping conversations. What follows is a way to make counseling conversations edifying and its outcomes transparent. Counselors can show clients, or even outside parties, evidence of the therapeutic work that the Lord has enabled.


Steve Greggo

Except from Assessment for Counseling in Christian Perspective (Greggo, 2019, IVP).


Welcome to this first post! This March, IVP will release ACCP. This site offers a means to interact with the author and to access text support materials. Thank you for visiting. More to vision, thanks for your readiness to explore ways to bring quality care to your clients and honor the Lord in this service.

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