Matthew 18:5–7 New International Version (NIV)

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Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as He was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. But the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?” He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”
And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”
The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”
The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
Genesis 3: 7–13
“And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.
“If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come!”
Matthew 18:5–7 New International Version (NIV)
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger [do not exasperate them to the point of resentment with demands that are trivial or unreasonable or humiliating or abusive; nor by showing favoritism or indifference to any of them], but bring them up [tenderly, with lovingkindness] in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
Ephesians 6:4 Amplified Bible (AMP)
Fathers, do not provoke or irritate or exasperate your children [with demands that are trivial or unreasonable or humiliating or abusive; nor by favoritism or indifference; treat them tenderly with lovingkindness], so they will not lose heart and become discouraged or unmotivated [with their spirits broken].
Colossians 3:21 Amplified Bible (AMP)
Resources
Bible
Video: Sandra Wilson–God’s Healing Embrace for Sex Abuse
Background Information
God designed people to live in families. In the book of Genesis, the Bible first describes God’s plan and desire for men and women to rule equally together, become as one flesh, cleave to each other, complement each other’s strengths and abilities and be intimate with no shame—representing His full image and nature. Similarly, the Bible describes how children were meant to be treated, to be cared for and given guidance, instruction, and discipline in the context of security, trust, and a loving relationship with their parents. This was the chain of love designed by God to move from Him to parents to children; where grace and truth would be passed along.
But even before the first children came into the picture, things began to go wrong. Immediately after Eve and Adam disobeyed and sin entered the world, the impact on relationships could be seen in the sense of exposure, shame, and fear that they felt. Immediately, they began to cover themselves and hide. Even worse, when God asked them what happened, instead of repenting, they immediately resorted to blame, with Adam blaming Eve and Eve blaming the Serpent. Relationships never would be the same, and the consequences for children can be seen in almost every family story the Bible tells after Adam and Eve leave the garden.
In the New Testament, Jesus reminds us that children are vulnerable and can be “caused to stumble.” The apostle Paul adds that fathers can cause their children to “lose heart, become discouraged or to have broken spirits.” Certainly the dynamics described by Paul of blame, self-protection, exasperation, unreasonable demands, humiliation, favoritism, indifference, or even physical and sexual abuse can be seen in many of the families with whom we may work as social workers. Often these are a result of not only sinful choices, but also of unhealthy and damaging patterns and beliefs passed down from generation to generation.
Thankfully, Jesus came so that we could start over. He canceled the power of sin, declares us righteous when we repent, and gives us the presence of His Holy Spirit to lead us back to truth and health. We do not have to stay stuck in generational patterns. We can begin to break free.
As you seek to apply principles of family systems theory in social work, consider the patterns, dysfunctional rules, attitudes, and communication styles that may be keeping families stuck and what you can do to bring healing and hope for a better future to parents, children, or adults who were caused to stumble, remembering God’s plan for families and flourishing from the beginning.
Pray
God, thank you that You understand what it is like to live in a family through Your incarnation and for Your word that is so honest about the damage that families can cause. Continue to work in me and heal me from my own areas of brokenness, shame, and sinful patterns so that I can pass the healing, grace, and truth You give to me on to others. Help me to experience more and more of Your Abba (Daddy) Father Love through Jesus my Lord. Amen.
Instructions
Review the rubric to make sure you understand the criteria for earning your grade.
Watch the videos
Sandra Wilson – God’s Healing Embrace for Sex Abuse
8 Common Characteristics of a Dysfunctional Family
5 Types of Dysfunctional Family Dynamics
6 Side Effects of Toxic Families
Navigate to the threaded discussion and respond to the following discussion prompts:
How are emotional wounds as described in the Sandra Wilson video like physical wounds in the lives of people who have been mistreated or abused emotionally, physically, or sexually as children? Discuss some of the similarities. Do you think this is a helpful picture for understanding recovery? Explain how it might help you in working with others.
When it comes to hurting families, it is usually true that “hurt people, hurt people.” How have you seen this principle at work in struggling families? Based on the videos you watched, how do unhealthy families create emotional hurts?
Identify at least one other idea from the videos that you think is helpful in working with family systems or those recovering from the effects of unhealthy families. Briefly summarize the idea and describe how it is helpful to you personally or in your role as a social worker.
What insights did you gain from the videos or scripture this week regarding God’s response to hurting families?
I have attached the videos below to all the videos in the assignment….. please watch and cite all videos and reference them… 7th editions APA



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