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Christian Counseling That Works -- Compass Therapy in Action
by Dr. Dan Montgomery © 2006.
(Compass Works: Montecito, CA) All rights reserved [249 pages].
[Answer 11 of 15 questions correctly to receive
8 hours of continuing education credit.]

Chapter 1: The Compass Model (p. 1-10)
1. A superb example for understanding the dynamics of balanced human behavior is Jesus Christ. Using the Self Compass, on the weakness compass point, Jesus endured alienation, rejection, agony, and humiliation. His name that corresponds to the weakness compass point is
a. the Good Shepherd.
b. King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
c. Prince of Peace.
d. the Lamb of God.

Chapter 2: A Compass for Redemptive Hope (p. 11-22)
2. Compass Therapy seeks to redeem the self-defeating rigidities that are perpetuated by being stuck on various compass points. Mrs. Sanchez was concerned for her son’s choice of college, his messy room, not calling home when out with his friends, and not wanting to clean the dishes after meals. She was stuck on the compass point of
a. love, needing to be more involved with her son.
b. assertion, needing to assert her authority as a parent.
c. weakness, needing to get her son to stop avoiding the family.
d. strength, needing to establish domineering and dictatorial control over her son.

Chapter 3: Transforming the Dependent Trend (p. 23-34)
3. When working with a dependent counselee who is starting to make progress, what can a counselor do to help him when he feels guilty for asserting himself or worried about appearing selfish?
a. Explain that he is hot helping other people b always giving in to them.
b. Explain that the guilt he is feeling is false guilt.
c. Compliment him when he experiences disgust at his own niceness.
d. All of the above.

Chapter 4: Disarming an Aggressive Counselee (p. 35-46)
4. Rex’s growth began the moment
a. the author explained to Rex that he always places the fault for troubled relationships with other people.
b. the author disarmed Rex by complimenting him on being a powerful and successful person.
c. Rex accepted that his current behavior presented a threat to his future hopes. He cared enough about his relationship with Sherry to explore what was harming it.
d. The author agreed that he couldn’t teach Rex anything and then he gave Rex the freedom to quit counseling session.

5. After Rex began making progress in counseling , he said to the author during a session, “Dr. Dan, I’m doing my best to change, but today I just want to gripe and complain. Can you just let me do it for a few moments?” The author responded by
a. letting him gripe and complain.
b. challenging him to be more thankful.
c. explaining how this request was unacceptable.
d. encouraging him to try harder.

Chapter 5: Thawing Out the Frozen Person (p. 47-58)
6. What did the author do to help Nicole with her chronic depression?
a. He recommended she go her physician for an anti-depressant.
b. He encouraged her to write down a summary of her depressive thoughts and told her how many great people throughout history also had know loneliness and despair.
c. He helped her identify the last most successful thing she had done in her life, coloring pictures.
d. All of the above.

Chapter 6: Liberation from the Curse of Perfectionism (p. 59-69)
7. The author says that sometimes in a counseling session it is more helpful to simulate the real life situation than it is to endlessly talk about the symptom. This is because the subconscious, in a role-playing situation, brings forth the emotions and physical sensations that occur in the actual situation. This technique is called
a. mirroring.
b. behavioral rehearsal.
c. physical symbolization.
d. behavioral prediction.

8. If a counselor offers an interpretation that is rejected by the counselee,the author thinks the counselor should
a. ask the counselee to suggest an alternative interpretation.
b. back off immediately and shift into emotional reflection to re-establish rapport.
c. explain the concept of resistance to the counselee.
d. pay the counselee a compliment.

Chapter 8: Anatomy of a Counseling Session (p. 75-84)
9. Which advice was NOT given in this chapter?
a. Payments should be taken at the end of each session.
b. When a counselee brings up multiple concerns, the counselor should focus on which one is most important right now to the counselee.
c. When a counselee will not stop after the counselor has indicated that their time is up, it is not rude for the counselor to stand up and walk them to the door.
d. Making a supportive statement at the end of a session is a good way to inspire courage in the counselee.

Chapter 9: A Counselee’s Image of God (p. 85-95)
10. How did the author help Simone stop compulsively thinking about Jesus’ sexuality?
a. He assured her that if she prayed to God for forgiveness He would give it.
b. He helped her to shift her focus from Jesus’ body to His teachings.
c. He told her it was normal for her subconscious to think of Jesus’ humanity.
d. He helped her discover the origins of her thinking patterns by discussing her childhood traumas.

Chapter 10: The Value of Metaphors (p. 97-105)
11. What did the author suggest Charlotte do before ending her twenty-year marriage?
a. that she and her husband go on a romantic trip.
b. that she read Dr. Judith Wallerstein’s book, The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce.
c. that she go to couples’ counseling for 3 to 6 months.
d. that she cut back on her work to spend more time with her husband.

Chapter 11: Physical Symbolization (p. 107-118)
12. When talking and reasoning doesn’t seem to be helping his counselees, what does the author do?
a. He asks the counselee to take notes.
b. He asks the counselee describe a favorite memory.
c. He asks the counselee to act out his anger.
d. He uses some type of visual imagery.

Chapter 12: Case Study of a Teenager on Drugs (p. 119-134)
13. Counselors need to develop the art of giving both affirmation and corrective feedback. Their professional manner should show interest and empathy without being manipulated by the counselee. They should value the counselee while having the freedom to disagree. In helping 15-year old Jimmy with a drug problem, the author decided to initially take his side on any issue he brought up while retaining his right to later point out the detrimental consequences of drug dependency. This technique is called
a. normalization.
b. collaborative implantation.
c. conditional alignment.
d. metaphor construction.

14. The author was using the technique of _____ when he suggested to Jimmy that his best friend, Aaron, would lose interest in him if Jimmy stopped doing drugs.
a. behavioral prediction.
b. congratulatory affirmation.
c. physical symbolization.
d. collaborative implantation.

15. Parents want to use Grandma’s Rule to motivate their teenage son to his homework. Which of the following is a proper application of Grandma’s Rule?
a. “Each week that you complete your homework, we will buy you a music CD of your choice.”
b. “On any evening that your homework is not completed, we will get upset.”
c. “On the days you complete your homework, you won’t get a lecture.”
d. “Homework is up to you. If you do it, you get good grades. If you don’t do it, you won’t get good grades.”