LAY COUNSELING TRAINING
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WHAT IS LAY COUNSELING?
Lay Counseling is people helping people!
It is God’s desire to work through His people, the Church, to offer a message of hope and comfort. We are all called to “carry each other’s burdens” (Gal. 6:2) and to care for one another with love.
Training is designed to educate and equip a community of helpers within the church to offer careful, biblical hope, guidance, encouragement and personal growth to hurting people in a hurting world.
Lay Counselors are non-professional volunteers trained by a professional Christian psychologist. They are staff supervised and supported by monthly team meetings giving them the competence and confidence to offer quality care from a biblical perspective.
WHO IS THIS TRAINING FOR?
- Men and women—college age and older
- Those interested in personal development
- Those interested in acquiring skills to be better listeners
- Those interested in applying to serve as lay counselors in the future
- Attend and participate in BOTH weekend sessions
- Read the two texts, as well as be able to articulate some of the basics of counseling theory as it is integrated with biblical truth
- Participate in live exercises designed to model and reinforce effective listening, responding and summarizing skills
- Learn the basics of short-term counseling and crisis intervention, as well as be able to discern when referrals are necessary or mandated