The Goals of Training
What are some of these goals? Any list must include at least the following.
Self-understanding. To understand oneself is often a first step in healing. Many problems are self-imposed but the one being helped may fail to recognize that he or she has biased perceptions, harmful attitudes or self-destructive behavior. Consider, for example, the person who complains, “Nobody likes me,” but fails to see that the complaining is one reason for this rejection by others. One goal of training is for an objective, perceptually alert trainer to assist those being helped to get a true picture of what is going on within themselves and within the world around them.
Communication. It is well known that many marriage difficulties relate to a breakdown in husband-wife communication. The same is true of other problems. People are unable or unwilling to communicate. The trainee must learn how to communicate feelings, thoughts, and attitudes both accurately and effectively. Such communication involves the expression of oneself, and the ability to receive accurate messages from others.
Learning and Behavior Change. Most, if not all, of our behavior is learned. Training, therefore, involves helping trainees unlearn ineffective behavior and learn more efficient ways of acting. Such learning comes from instruction, imitation of a trainer or other model, and trial and error. The trainer must encourage the person he or she is helping to “launch out” and practice the new learning. At times it also will be necessary to analyze what goes wrong when there is failure and the trainee must be urged to try again.
Christ-actualization. Here is where the faith of the trainer is shared. This is to indicate that the goal in life is to be complete in Christ, developing our greatest potential through the power of the Holy Spirit who brings us to spiritual maturity.
Support. Often people are able to meet each of the above goals and to function effectively, except for temporary periods of unusual stress or crisis. Such persons can benefit from a period of support, encouragement, and “burden bearing” until they are able to remobilize their personal and spiritual resources to effectively meet the problems of living.
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