This one of a kind resource provides pastors, church leaders, and non-professional counselors with everything they need to establish a program for lay counseling. This new edition has been thoroughly revised and updated in light of fresh research and outlines a practical training resource that can be used to train and equip lay counselors.
Filled with useful forms and questionnaires, it also provides a helpful and comprehensive survey of the programs and resources that are currently available.
Siang-Yang Tan, Ph.D (McGill University), is Professor of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary and Senior Pastor at First Evangelical Church Glendale in Southern California. He is the author of Coping with Depression and Counseling and Psychotherapy: A Christian Perspective. Eric Scalise, Ph.D., LPC, LMFT, is the Vice President for Professional Development with the American Association of Christian Counselors. A Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with over 33 years of clinical and professional experience in the mental health field he specializes in professional/pastoral stress and burnout, marriage and family issues, leadership development, addictions, and lay counselor training. Dr. Scalise and his wife Donna have been married for 33 years, have twin sons who are combat veterans serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, and three grandchildren.
Foreword Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Why Do We Need Lay Counselors? 2. Biblical Basis for Lay Counseling 3. Models from Scripture 4. Reviewing Current Trends 5. Building a Ministry 6. Selecting Counselors 7. Training and Equipping Counselors 8. Supervision of Lay Counselors 9. Evaluating the Ministry 10. What is the Role of the Local Church? 11. Potential Pitfalls Conclusion Appendices and Forms Effective Listening and Communication Skills Trauma and Abuse Grief, Loss, and Mood Disorders Addictions and Strongholds Liability, Ethics, and the Law Marriage Counseling and Parenting