We have found that professional competence requires honing both our “contextual” skills and our psychological skills. In other words, practitioners need to understand and manage the multi-faceted settings (contexts) in which they provide their services. They must intentionally seek out collegial wisdom and support, plus develop their relational savvy, organizational expertise, and spiritual discernment in order to “do member care well”. And in some cases, especially involving the pernicious perils of systemic dysfunction and spiritual darkness, these seemingly ancillary skills are essential in order to simply survive!
**Comment on the need to carefully navigate both systemic dysfunction and spiritual darkness.