The World Counseling System (WCS) otherwise called the Religious Counseling Standard is a classification model developed for use mostly in religious counseling. It is a model commonly used for counseling in Africa, Asia and South America and it works on three assumptions:
- That someone is in the dark or confused about someone or an issue that needs to be resolved, usually urgently.
- That the issue involved is such that it cannot be resolved through self efforts.
- That the inability to resolve the issue through self efforts therefore necessitates a recourse to a higher being who possesses superior wisdom to resolve the issue involved. This higher being is expected to function through earthly agents.
This, therefore, involves the engagement of people with supernatural gifts such as prophets (in whatever religion), faith-based counselors and the like to help resolve the problem. The core of the model is that the person with the problem commits his or her case into the hands of the agent of a supernatural being who is expected to proffer solutions to the problem in context.
Owing to the involvement of some supernatural being, the issues that can be resolved are limitless, which makes categorization difficult. Categorization is based, therefore, on the personalities invloved in the resolution process, rather than on problems to be solved.
Under the WCS system, counseling is carried out in three categories:
- LOVE/PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS
- BUSINESS RELATIONSHIPS
- OTHER RELATIONSHIPS
If someone needs counseling in the area of personal relationship, he or she could seek help from the agents regarding spouse, boyfriend/girlfriend, fiancee, etc. You could ask such questions as "is my husband faithful? Is this person the right guy or girl for me to marry? If I marry this person, will the marriage last? etc. The online edition requires that you fill out a form. Information you are to supply includes your first name, the full name of the person you need information about, his or her mother's name and your request. When you send in your request, it is sent to at least two counselors. The agency using the WCS service will quickly prepare a composite report (from the two responses) which is sent back to you. The service comes at a fee since the WCS model has a copyright tied to it. An average response which is usually more comprehensive than a typical on-line request can take up to three hours before it gets to the requestor. The response in a typical WCS service may have between 75 and 93 per cent accurate predictions regarding the issue to be resolved.
Similar process applies to the "business" and "other" categories. For business classification, you ask such questions as " I want to embark on this type of business. Will I succeed? Somebody wants to be my partner. Will he or she be sincere?" I want to obtain a loan from this bank. Will the loan bring profits, Will repayment be difficult? etc. The "other relationships" category takes care of areas not covered by personal and business relationships.
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2. Kumar, Yadav (1994). Religious Counseling in Three Hindu Communities. Family Today, 7(2), 45-61.