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Tag Archives: diagnosis
Church, what if we think _______ diagnosis isn’t a real thing?
I don’t hear Jesus suggesting that we place bouncers at the door of a Luke 14 banquet to ensure that folks are crippled enough, lame enough, or blind enough. Continue reading
Our kids (and families) aren’t defined by a diagnosis…
Your child is not defined by their diagnosis. They’re the same kid that they were when they got up this morning, with the same strengths, weaknesses, gifts and talents. As Christians, we’re defined by who we are in Christ. Their diagnosis is not their identity. Continue reading
Are they really depressed, or do they have something else?
One of the challenges I face as a clinician when a family comes to our practice because they suspect their child is depressed is teasing out all of the other possible explanations for why their child might appear depressed. Continue reading
Posted in ADHD, Anxiety Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Hidden Disabilities, Key Ministry, Mental Health Tagged ADHD, anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, children, children's ministry, Depression, diagnosis, Family Ministry, Inclusion, Key Ministry, learning disabilities, medication, OCD, Stephen Grcevich MD, substance abuse, teens, youth ministry 2 Comments
No Labels…Tying it All Together
Bottom line…We can minister effectively to kids with disabilities and their families without requiring knowledge of diagnoses that may or may not be accurate or by defining children and their adults by their disability as opposed to by who they are in God’s Kingdom. Continue reading
Communication Breakdown…Doing Ministry Together Without Diagnostic Labels
If we decide not to use a medical-based model as a common language around which to serve kids and families in churches, we need a common language for communication with one another that can be readily understood by every staff person and every volunteer at church. I’ll argue that it’s best to to use everyday language while guided by a set of communication principles. Continue reading
Do We Put People in Boxes?
Most people “get” what autism is about because of some fabulous public education initiatives. But way too many people think that ADHD is caused by poor discipline at home, anxiety is produced by a lack of faith and that depression persists because the person afflicted doesn’t pray enough. If we get hung up on diagnoses, the value judgments of too many people in our churches becomes an impediment to creating welcoming ministry environments for all kids and families.
Posted in Controversies, Inclusion Tagged churches, diagnosis, Inclusion, Key Ministry, No Labels, putting people into boxes, Stephen Grcevich MD 1 Comment
The Purpose of Diagnostic Criteria
Think about this…Diagnosis is ultimately used as a tool to facilitate the treatment of patients/clients with identifiable medical/psychiatric disorders.
Does the church treat kids with disabilities? Or do we disciple them? Continue reading
Posted in Autism, Controversies, Key Ministry Tagged Autism, church, diagnosis, Dr. Fred Volkmar, dsm-5, Key Ministry, Stephen Grcevich MD 4 Comments
Mini-Series: No Labels…Should Diagnosis Matter at Church?
This coming week, we’ll take a closer look at the topic No Labels…Should Diagnosis Matter at Church? Here’s a preview: Continue reading
Posted in Resources Tagged Asperger's Disorder, Autism, church, diagnosis, Key Ministry, No Labels, Stephen Grcevich MD Leave a comment