Beyond LCI: Ongoing Supervision
Counseling, whether lay counseling or professional counseling is both challenging and rewarding. All professional counselors are required to participate in Supervision groups as an adjunt to their training. Counseling can only be learned in a live environment and there is no textbook that can address the variety of human experience that counselors encounter. In the Supervision group environment, cases are confidentially discussed and lay counselors are supported and provided direction from more experienced, professional counselors.
LCI takes its call to “prepare Believers for the care of others” seriously, and as such we consider Supervision groups to be an essential part of the professional level of training that we encourage.
Once someone has completed our Level 1 and Level 2 training, they may wish to work within their church or ministry to offer lay counseling services. Following the model for licensed-counselor education, we suggest that lay counselors participate in a Level 3 Supervision group which is led by either an experienced pastoral counselor or Christian mental health professional.
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.