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

View calendar for upcoming training opportunities

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


McLean, VA

"Lay counseling at McLean Presbyterian began as a grass roots effort by several members of the church family. We sent a survey around to the church members and learned that our church was not doing well in attending to the brokenness both of our members and the larger community. As a result, a group was formed to figure out how we could better care for others. We found that the LCI model was the best fit for us. Since we began our Lay Counseling ministry several years ago, the lay counselors have been one piece of the pie in how God is moving MPC to be a care station for the hurt and broken.

We have seen lay counseling begin to change the culture of our church and it began by changing us. We have a better understanding of our own brokenness and the grace God has given each of us. We are able to live more authentically ourselves and in doing, so encourage others to live the same. We have seen God transform and redeem so many lives and situations in sometimes totally unexpected ways. LCI was, and continues to be, a driving force in this change process."

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