“I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very (Psalm 139:14 NKJV).”
Temperament Therapy and the Arno Profile System
A God-Inspired Established & Innovative Christian Counseling Technique
Soul Care Ministries International (SCMi™) is certified by the Sarasota Academy of Christian Counseling and Licensed (with advanced certifications) by the National Christian Counselors Association to utilize Creation Therapy (Temperament Therapy) and the Arno Profile System in our professional Clinical Pastoral Counseling ministry. Pastoral counselors are ministers first and counselors second. Pastoral counselors are clergy persons who have received graduate training in both religion and behavioral science. Pastoral Counseling is a therapeutic practice that integrates psychological and theological disciplines. At SCMi, we exclusively use this non-secular, therapeutic counseling model in clinical pastoral counseling.
We call this ministry service ‘Soul Care Counseling and Life Coaching’. We are not state licensed counselors. Instead we are licensed as clergy and are subject to state Clergy Exemption laws. States are held to strict ethical standards which mandate an individual’s right to be free from religious interference. The state governs secular counselors and we believe the Church is responsible to set standards and govern ministers who devote their lives to the ministry including the ministry of counseling. The N.C.C.A. requires all who are licensed by its Licensing Board of Examiners to be credentialed ministers whose goal is to evangelize, disciple and ease the emotional pain and suffering of humanity. The counseling we provide is strictly religious counseling provided from the Christian perspective. Our founder, Dr. Linda King is an Ordained Minister of the Gospel and is also an N.C.C.A. Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor, N.B.C.C.T Board Certified Clinical Supervisor and has been awarded the distinction of Fellow by the N.B.C.C.T.
This faith-based therapeutic method helps to identify root causes of problems in order to promote healing, develop wholeness and spur you on in becoming the person God made you to be. We have been using Creation Therapy, in our counseling ministry, since 2002 and it has proven to be extremely successful.
Creation Therapy is a concept, for Temperament Counseling, that was developed by Dr. Richard Arno, President and Dr. Phyllis Arno, Executive Vice President of the Sarasota Academy of Christian Counseling (S.A.C.C.). You may read Dr. Richard Arno’s personal testimony at this link. Creation Therapy is based upon the theory of temperament (understanding of the inner man) and uses this knowledge to help us understand ourselves. It helps us to be the best that God has created us to be by meeting the needs of our temperament in a Godly manner.
Creation Therapy is also a bible and spiritually based therapeutic method by which an individual’s soul is analyzed and measured scientifically, on a personal level, for understanding and development of godly change. It is a spiritual compass that navigates each person in the right direction, revealing personal weaknesses and strengths that can bring glory to God.
Developed Through Research
Creation Therapy is based on the belief that man is a uniquely created being rather than the result of an evolutionary process. This method was developed during seven years of research involving five thousand (5,000) individuals who were seeking help for their problems. Creation Therapy (Temperament Therapy) deals with the inner, spiritual self, and not necessarily with outward manifestations of someone’s learned behavior, which is largely shaped by environment. We also get beyond the personality which often masks someone’s true self. Research shows that over 90% of counselees who voluntarily seek counseling utilizing this method are helped. Successful results are achieved when a trained and qualified Christian counselor administers the tools and techniques of Creation Therapy, including the Arno Profile System (A.P.S.).
Identifying Your ‘Spiritual Genetics’ (Temperament)
This therapeutic method allows men and women to better understand themselves and their relationship to God, our Creator. Psalm 139:13-14 (NIV) says, ” For you created my inmost being; knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well”. Each individual is uniquely and wonderfully created, and that is the basis of Creation Therapy.
Creation Therapy begins by first identifying your unique temperament (sort of ‘spiritual Genetics’). Each counselee [person(s) receiving counseling] is initially asked to complete the Arno Profile Report Response Form (APS), a 10 minute, 54 questions assessment. Upon completion of the form, the counselor orders a computerized Arno Profile Report (A.P.S. Report). Each individual receives a customized Personal Temperament Profile (Special Personal Profile), identifying their temperament in Inclusion, Control and Affection with a listing of individual strengths, weaknesses and temperament needs. Temperament theory states that people will live in their temperament strengths when their temperament needs are met. The report includes suggestions for clients and their loved ones on how to best meet these needs in ways that honor God.
There is an administrative fee for having your counselor administer, generate and interpret the assessment. This comprehensive report is created specifically to present the information in an encouraging and non-threatening manner. It is necessary to have an A.P.S. score in order to determine the temperament. The score is obtained through the A.P.S. Temperament Response form.
Why Creation Therapy Works
Creation Therapy is a step by step therapeutic format based upon the Word of God. Temperament is often referred to as your ‘Spiritual DNA’. Although “temperament” is not specifically mentioned in the Bible, in Psalm 139 King David (knowing nothing about DNA) knew that before we were born, God designed us. . . .” For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well”. While your body was being differentiated within your mother’s womb, each “inward part” was designed exactly as God intended – including both your strengths and weaknesses. Creation Therapy is based upon a “creationist view” and not an evolutionary view of human origin and development. In Genesis 1:27 the Word of God says, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female created he them”. Temperament is similar to gender in the sense that there are certain environment influences that can alter the gender, but never really change it. Temperament is not genetic in the sense that it is not passed through the genes and chromosomes of men and women. Your Temperament contains your inborn qualities coded by a loving and wise Creator and these qualities make up your unique identity.
Man is a triune being: physical, emotional and spiritual creation with basic needs. When seeking to meet these needs, he/she is driven in his/her attempts to the things of the world for satisfaction. Through Creation Therapy, the individual is taught how to have their needs met in godly ways that are conducive to the Word of God.
Creation Therapy is a means by which mankind is given the ability to understand his or her temperament by finding balance between body, soul and spirit thereby allowing them to be the best that God created them to be.
Some Benefits of Temperament Counseling
- Discover how to live in your temperament strengths when your temperament needs are met in ways that honor God
- Understand temperament weaknesses and what opportunities they provide for you
- Find wisdom for making changes based on your temperament
- Overcome challenges, solve problems, reduce stress and find balance
- Experience healing, deliverance, joy and victory
- Learn about the temperament of others (family members, staff, etc.)
- Improve your appreciation of different temperaments
- Discover effective techniques for communicating with different temperaments
What to Expect (Counseling Format)
Counseling sessions are typically 45 to 6o minutes each. Counseling is available by appointment only and can be provided in person in the Metro Atlanta Area or by phone anywhere in the US. Fees and contributions to support the ministry’s general and administrative expenses are requested in advance of each session. For those who are unable to remit the standard fee, a sliding-scale based on household income may be provided subject to completion, review and approval of our financial assistance application.
Purpose: Remit the required counseling forms and fill out an Arno Profile Report Response Form, etc.
Discussion: You are going through something, the good news is that you are going ‘through’ it and we commend you for taking this important step in your healing process.
What is it that you are going through? Why have you requested counseling?
Handout/Homework: Temperament Overview
Purpose: The counselor reviews the Arno Profile Report (temperament analysis report) and teaches you about your unique temperament.
Discussion: Your ”spiritual genetics’ (temperament) may be a key factor in your situation.
What specific challenges are you having? What are the issues? What problems are you looking to solve through counseling? How have you been reacting to those challenges, issues, problems and/or situations?
Handout/Homework: Arno Profile Report
Purpose: Examine your needs
Discussion: Surrendering your temperament weaknesses to the Lord is so very important in your healing and deliverance process.
What underlying temperament weaknesses are deterring you from living in your temperament strengths?
Handout/Homework: Temperament Needs
Purpose: Explore how to meet your temperament needs (inclusion, control and affection)
Discussion: Everyone has temperament strengths, weaknesses and needs.
How can your unique temperament needs become virtues that glorify God and foster your healing?
Handout: Personal Growth Goals Worksheet
Session Five and Remaining Sessions
Purpose: Examine your needs, challenges and solutions
Discussion: Your counselor is here to come alongside and help you and as he/she ministers hope, healing and deliverance.
What healthy responses to the challenges, issues, problems and/or situations do you need to develop t0 receive hope, healing and deliverance?
Soul Care Counseling and Life Coaching is here to come alongside and minister wise counsel. This counseling model will bless you and yours. Our counseling services are held in strict confidence. Contact us to schedule an initial, no-fee phone consultation today.