Our Counseling Model

Learning the flow and work of the counseling relationship

LCI’s Level 2 classes roughly follow the flow of a counseling relationship. In each multi-session training, the class spends the first hour learning one element of the counseling relationship. In the second hour, the class is broken into small groups and they actually practice the techniques that they have been learning.

In Our Counseling model, each class member becomes the client to better understand what it means to be vulnerable and to share deeply in a safe environment. Sharing and hearing one another’s stories is a profoundly spiritual experience. During our time together, we see and hear of the redemptive work of God in each group member’s life and we gain a deeper understanding of God’s presence in the counseling relationship.

As the sessions proceed from the Goal of Counseling to Assessment all the way through to Turning Points and Termination, participants’ confidence and humility grows. Every lesson is taught from a biblical perspective—which reinforces the work that every biblical counselor must do in their own life and in their relationship with God as a support to their role as lay counselor.

Cost: $350/person or $500/couple

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If you are currently in Level 2 training, you can access the training videos here.

Last year was full of transitions for me. Some left me questioning myself, my feelings and my thoughts. Fortunately, I was able to attend the three levels of Lay Counselor Training, beginning with The Glorious Mess Seminar. Though I had lots of previous training in leadership, discipleship and shepherding others, I found the content of the Glorious Mess was different. Ironically, though I attended so that I could improve my ability to help others, I was helped as I learned how I was made in God’s divine image, but also struggled with depravity; how my early experiences contributed to my current perceptions; and how expectations, goals and desires created conflict. More importantly, I learned how to re-train my thoughts and beliefs according to the grace AND truth of Jesus Christ, as I got comfortable in my ongoing story.

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