- June 27, 2017
- Categories: 13 Reasons Why, Caring for Others, Counseling Tips, Pain, Parenting, Suicide
Reasons to Engage "13 Reasons Why"
by Dr. Bill Clark
Over the next 6 weeks, we’re posting a series of blogs discussing the Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, based on the 2007 book.
If you haven't heard about it yet, the show 13 Reasons Why depicts the trials of a teen named Hannah, who decides to end her life after episodes of bullying, voyeurism, rejection, betrayal and sexual assault (as both a witness and victim). The viewer cannot help but see and feel the cumulative diet of shame and injury wear her down and deplete her resolve. In a bizarre (and unlikely until now) act of care, vengeance, explanation, and/or confession, she leaves tapes targeting the 13 relationships/events that led to her decision.
I first took notice because school systems sent statements home to parents warning them about the show, a rare occurrence. Then two of the McLean Presbyterian Church fellows watched and shared…
This past weekend, Dr. Bill Clark, Ph.D. was able to speak at Reston Bible Church on depression and the gospel. He walks through critical questions about depression and how believers can come alongside those struggling. Dr. Clark points out the key truth that, until we see ourselves as emotionally & cognitively broken, we cannot empathize with the brokenness and suffering of others.
Watch the video from his talk below:
Questions Dr. Clark covers:
What is depression? Does the Bible talk about it? How should a christian treat depression? What does someone battling depression need most? What Scriptures can we reference about depression? What does the Bible say about depression and the gospel?
Other helpful books on depression:
Tim Keller, Walking with God Through Pain & Suffering
John Piper, When the Darkness will not Lift
Dr. Henry Cloud, Changes that Heal
Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend, What to Do when you Don't know What to Do
I learned much of the LCI model back in the early 90’s in a Sunday school class taught by Bill Clark before the Lay Counselor Institute even existed. The model that I learned transformed the way I looked at my own life as well as the way I saw God. In time, it propelled me to graduate school and a career in counseling. Even armed with a degree in counseling, the truths I learned through LCI are really the bedrock of how I counsel and how I aspire to live.
But, it does not stop here. My pastor and his wife have been trained through LCI and this training colors the way they shepherd at Mid-Atlantic Community Church. Through the church, I lead a LCI consultation group made up of lay counselors from inside and outside my church. Our pastor routinely refers individuals to these lay counselors. It has truly been a ‘gift that keeps on giving.’ I can think of no more worthy organization to support!