Listening is an art form. we take it for granted because it is hard not to hear things but to truly listen to someone without distractions can be tough. Even in the time you clicked this link, read this paragraph, and think about clicking the video below, how many times have you gotten a notification on your phone, thought about a task you have to do later today or have a memory pop into your head that takes away even some time from paying attention.
Working with adults and families about Jesus and mental health requires that we hear the individuals fully, understanding we need to be fully present with them. This is a skill that, just like any skill, needs to be learned and practiced.
What tips and ideas do you have about listening when it comes to working with other people? And any extras when working with those who have mental health difficulties?