Lay Counselor Application
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What do you believe constitutes effective counseling?
What does being a Christian mean to you personally?
What does it mean to you to counsel others as a Christian?
If you have had previous counseling experiences (either as a counselor or as a counselee) that may be helpful for us to know , please describe them and their experiences for you.
What (if any) prior training or education have you had that may help you as a counselor?
Prior work experience? (List most recent first)
Why do you want to be a lay counselor?
Within the last two years have you experienced (or you are currently experiencing , or expect to experience) any significant life changes. (e.g. separation; divorce; loss of loved one; job change; critical illness; etc.)
Tell of some life experiences that you feel will be helpful in counseling certain types of individuals. Be specific as you can. (e.g. loss of job; loss of loved one; abortion; problems with children; lasting marriage; strong relationships; etc.)
Questions to ask yourself if you are considering serving as a Christian Lay Counselor:
Do I have any unresolved personal issues I should “work on”? Am I spiritually grounded, and mature enough to lead others to a place of spiritual maturity? Am I willing to be open, dependable, compassionate, and generally non-judgmental – even when counselees frustrate me? Am I willing to repeatedly expose myself to the stress that is intrinsic to the counseling process? Am I willing to provide care to counselees that I do not like, and do I offer Christ-like compassion when I struggle with those that I intensely dislike? Do I understand that not everyone will improve through counseling? Am I willing to undertake the necessary preparation, training, and supervision? Am I willing to participate in ongoing, continuing education for as long as I practice counseling?” -- When you asked yourself these questions, did anything stand out to you?