Ministry Proposal Lay Counseling

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  • Lay_Counseling_1.pdf  Here you will find the summary of Dr. Siang-Yang Tan’s book,

    Lay counseling: Equipping Christians for helping ministry (1991

    ). Please read and refer to it when working on your project paper, although do not clone your projects by this. The book is listed in the optional resources.

    The last week should be dedicated to finalizing the work on your project; follow the syllabus instructions (see below as well). Note that you are to focus on a




    ministry (NOT “Counseling ministry” per se). The project is a


    project, not a teaching project. So the process must incorporate doing mentoring, or doing mediation as a service, not teaching mentoring or mediation.

    There are no other assignments for you to complete this week. If you have any questions regarding this project, please contact me no later than 10 days prior to the due date. That will give us enough time to preview and make necessary edits.

    As a reminder, I do not want to see titles that have anything to do with “…..


    Program” as I specifically want them to focus only on either of the two topics we’ve studied in this course.


    experiential exercise/project

    will provide an opportunity to put into practice the principles and concepts studied in the Course. Imagine that your church leaders have asked you to develop a Lay Ministry with the focus on either: 1)


    , or 2)


    services, and present your proposal to the pastoral leadership team for review. In order to accomplish this, you have been assigned the following tasks:


    Outline your ministry proposal

    in a systematic way through a detailed position paper and formal proposal. The

    paper must include

    the following elements under separate appropriately-titled headings (in approximately

    8 pages


    1)     name of your ministry [keep this short in one strong complete sentence]

    2)     purpose of your ministry [why have this ministry? What was the need that precipitated it?]

    3)     the counseling philosophy of your ministry [this must agree with the church philosophy and vision to have buy-in]

    4)     the use of supporting scriptures regarding your vision and purpose [list several scriptures that support the need for this ministry but write out only the pertinent phrases of each verse]

    5)     the scope of the ministry (including any limitations) – [what is the target population? specific gender or ages? who would you exclude and why? how wide a catchment area?]

    6)     the hours and location/s of services [address, phone, website, to where the people will come, or where the main offices are]

    7)     how the ministry is accessed – describe the process [how do you get the word out? how do the people reach you? what do they have to do to get services?]

    8)     the duration and process of care [what’s the procedure for the service? how long do they partake of services? how do you care for them?]

    9)     the potential benefits of the ministry [Use Acts 1:8 as the model: start with a center and go out in widening circles thinking of all who would benefit from this ministry e.g. pastors, congregation, community, etc.]

    10)  any costs or fees associated with the ministry [what are both the tangible and intangible costs (borne by whom?), even if the church is already bearing some of those costs; if church policy now is not to have fees, is that wise for your program?]

    11)  how staff (mentors or mediators) will be selected, trained, and supervised [start with who will select the staff, how will they be trained, who will supervise them]

    12)  how confidentiality and consent issues will be addressed [include any appendices with forms that you may use]

    13)  how the ministry will be connected with other community and Christian resources [list how you will network with other similar ministries (which ones?) and how other ministries will support you – how might you collaborate in your “Mentoring/Mediation” services?]


    List potential


    and local

    contact points

    that would provide additional resources for the particular ministry focus (in approximately

    1-2 pages

    ). [are there other ministries in your community that offer similar services? The ministries should be connected with the type of services you offer]


    Organize your proposal

    under the different headings or key elements listed in Sections “


    ” and “



    Type the whole proposal double-spaced and approximately

    12-15 pages

    in total length (including the Title page, Table of Content, and Appendices). Write the paper in APA style format and organize it in

    an appropriate presentation format

    [this is not PowerPoint, but properly titled for respective ministry/church], similar to what could be distributed for a leadership review.

    *** Submit all files (for all assignments) as MS Word documents only and name them according to the following format: first use the course number; then underscore; then your first name and first letter of your last name; then underscore; and finally, the name of the assignment itself e.g., HSC560_JohnD_proposal. Also, use the same file name in the “subject” line of the email.

    Additional Notes and Tips:

    • “Counseling Philosophy” Since you’re not to use the term “counseling” it will be the philosophy of your mentoring or your mediation ministry. So what is “philosophy?” You have to go along with what your church’s or organization’s philosophy is (their vision, their main objective) as you are proposing to be an arm of that church or organization. You can’t appear out of left field with something new that takes the focus away from the aim of your ministry, which should either be mentoring or mediation for this assignment. That section should not be long, just prove that your ministry will be fulfilling the philosophy of the church (are they a relational? community-minded? bible knowledge-based? family oriented? seeker friendly?).

    • Scriptures you use should support this, but not be preachy or long-winded.

    • Scope means who exactly are you serving?

    • Cost: there are also intangible costs that must be considered.

    • Process: how is the (mentoring; mediation) going to happen? Please don’t write out a whole program or a training here, just go through the steps of how do they come for it, then what do they/you do? for how long? how do you know they are finished? This should be a process, not a canned training; so you don’t use someone else’s package. You’ve studied both in this course, so use the phrases and concepts you now know.

    • “Staff” – you will not have counselors, you’ll have mentors or mediators

    • Community connections means from who/where will you get support and who/what will your ministry support?

    • Resources: should be along the lines of what you’re trying to do. If it’s “women mentoring,” then find resources for just that, for women’s services, and/or for mentoring. It shouldn’t be for counseling, family therapy, marriage therapy, finances, poverty support, etc. When pulling resources, keep Acts 1:8 as your pattern. Who’s the closest (Jerusalem)? county (Judea)?, state (Samaria)? uttermost (national and world)?

    • Be sure to give me the reference page if you use ideas from anyone – references is not the same as resources.

    • No, you don’t need to write an abstract. This is a proposal paper.

      Costs/Benefits: there are intangible costs and benefits to any project, aside from financial. Consider energy, time spent, effort, being away from family, other investments, etc. You want to make sure you consider these as the “board” may ask when you give the proposal.

Ministry Proposal Lay Counseling
An overview of Lay counseling: Equipping Christians for helping ministry By Siang-Yang Tan Contents • The Need for Lay Counseling Ministries • Biblical Basis for Lay Counseling • A Biblical Model for Effective Lay Counseling • Basic Principles of Effective Counseling • Reasons to Refer • The Literature of Lay Counseling • Building a Ministry of Lay Counseling • Selection of Lay Counselors • Training of Lay Counselors • Supervision of Lay Counselors • Evaluation of Lay Counselors • Potential Pitfalls • Conclusions Introduction • Is lay Christian counseling helpful or dangerous? • Can we expect an average person without a master’s or doctoral degree in counseling to be able to meet the needs of someone plunged into depression or wracked with indecision by some complex problems in life? • Lay counselors are “individuals who lack the train ing, educational experience, or credentials to be professional counselors, but who nevertheless are involved in helping people cope with personal problems” (Gary Collins, cited p. 14) • Lay counseling is present in churches, para-church organizations, mental health settings, Christian, a nd secular The Need for Lay Counseling Ministries • Psychological problems are increasingly evident • Christians are not trained to handle difficult problems (i.e. typical answer is “you’re a sinner, just pray about it”) • There are Scriptural texts that support the use of lay counseling Biblical Basis for Lay Counseling • Conservative circles are concerned about the “seduction of Christianity by secular psychology” • Every ministry must begin with Biblical and theological basis, including lay counseling • Two categories of Scriptural reference provide biblical support for lay counseling ministries in churches – Calling of all Christians to be involved in minist ry (priesthood of all believers) – All believers are called to be involved in ministr y to one another (i.e. people-helping by non-professionals a nd para-professionals) The Call to Ministry in General (Priesthood of Believers, I Peter 2:5,9) • Eph. 4:1-16 demonstrates God’s will for all saints to be equipped for ministry or service – Unity of Calling: no clergy-laity distinction – Unity of Ministry: each member of the body is indispensable. We don’t havea ministry; we are one. – Unity in Common Life: (Eph. 2:5, 6, 19, 22, 3:6; 4:16); we are interdependent – Unity in Purpose: ultimate goal is maturity in Christ; ordained pastors should equip the saints for ministry or service The Call to Lay Counseling as a Specific Ministry • Mandate to show Christ-like love to one another (John 13:34-35) and carry each other’s burdens (Gal. 6:2) • All believers are to admonish, encourage, or help one another (Rom. 15:14; Col. 3:16; I Thess. 5:14) • Some believers specially gifted with exhortation, or paraklesis (Rom. 12:8) • Jay Adams developed nouthetic (from nouthesia) counseling, “change through confrontation out of concern.” • Dr. Frank Minirth notes 5 verbs in NT relevant to ministry of counseling: parakaleo, noutheteo, paramutheomai, antechomai, and makrothumeo , all appearing in I Thess. 5:14: And we urgeyou, brothers, warnthose who are idle, encouragethe timid, helpthe weak, be patient with everyone. A Biblical Model for EffectiveLay Counseling • Primarily based on three well-known approaches to Christian counseling: Jay Adams’ Nouthetic Counseling, Gary Collins’ People-Helping, and Larry Crabb’s Biblical Counseling • Three major headings: – Basic View of Humanity – Basic View of Counseling – Basic Principles of Effective Counseling Basic View of Humanity 1. Humans need a sense of self-worth ( notself- worship), which comes from Christ alone 2. Humanity’s basic problem has to do with sin. The model does notassert that all emotional suffering is due to sin. 3. The ultimate goal of humanity is to know God and enjoy him forever. 4. The model assumes a basic cognitive-behavioral perspective; problem feelings are usually (not always) due to problem behavior and more fundamentally to problem thinking. 5. The model takes a holistic view of persons as physical, mental-emotional, social, and spiritual beings. Similar to Lazarus’ Multimodal Therapy approach of BASIC I.D. (B=Behavior, A= Affect, S=Sensation, I=Imagery, C=Cognition, I.=Interpersonal relationships, D.=Drugs/Biological Factors) but also includes spiritual. Basic View of Counseling 1. One view amongst professionals is that counseling and psychotherapy are different, where counseling would not attempt to change the personality. “There is a continuum from the simplest form of counseling through to the deepest levels of psychotherapy” (p. 40). 2. A second view is that counseling and psychotherapy are terms to be used interchangeably, also the view of this model. 20 Most Frequent Reasons People Seek Counseling11. Other unpleasant feelings 12. Family and marital trouble 13. Help in resolution of conflicts with others 14. Deteriorating interpersonal relationships 15. Drug and alcohol problems 16. Sexual difficulties 17. Perceptual distortions 18. Psychosomatic problems 19. Attempted suicide 20. Difficulties at work/school 1. Advice in making simple decisions 2. Answers to troublesome questions 3. Depression and guilt 4. Guidance in determining careers 5. Breakdowns 6. Crises 7. Failures 8. Grief 9. Bizarre behaviors 10. Anxiety, worry, and fear Basic Principles of Effective Counseling The Holy Spirit’s ministry as counselor or comforter is critical in effective Christian counseling (John 14:16-17). In every coun seling session there are at least three people present, the counselor, the client , and the Holy Spirit . The Bible is the basic guide for dealing with probl ems in living (2 Tim. 3:16-17). We must learn to interpret and apply the Bible appr opriately and properly. This model, however, does not imply that the Bible is an exhaustive guide to counseling. Prayer is an integral part of biblical helping (Jam es 5:16). Use of prayer during the session requires discernment, proper timing. The ultimate goal of counseling is to make disciple s or disciplers of clients. Counselors should fulfill the Great Commission. The personal qualities of the lay Christian counsel or are important for effective counseling (Rom. 15:14, Col. 3:16). A lay counselor must be spiritually mature to be effective. Other important characteristics inclu de self-understanding, understanding of others, remain objective, able to get along, experience, a genuine believer, capable, God-fearing, honest, ava ilable, willing to refer difficult cases (Ex. 18:21-22). The client’s attitudes, motivations, and desire for help are crucial factors for determining whether counseling will be helpful or n ot. The relationship between the counselor and the clie nt is another significant variable affecting the effectiveness of counseling. Empathy, respect, concreteness, genuineness, confrontation, immediacy, truth. Talking alone does not lead to change – it requires confession, reconciliation, forgiveness. Basic Principles of Effective Counseling Effective counseling is a process which unfolds cyclically from exploration to understanding to action phases. Stage 1: counselor helps client identify problem fe elings Stage 2: counselor helps client identify problem behaviors Stage 3: focus is on identifying client’s problem thinking Stage 4: counselor teaches right, biblical thinking Stage 5: secure a commitment from client to such biblical thinking and obedience to the Lord and His Word Stage 6: client is encouraged to plan and carry out biblical or right behavior Stage 7: client can identify and enjoy Spirit-contr olled feelings of security and significance. Basic Principles of Effective Counseling Directive or nouthetic counseling is an important part of Christian counseling, but style or approach in counseling should be flexible. The model remains flexible with regard to specific techn iques or methods to be used in counseling. Scripture remains as ult imate screening guide. Effective counseling requires cultural sensitivity. Outreach and prevention techniques are also important for effective lay Christian counseling. 6 proposals for Lay counselors’ training: 1. To assess role of environmental stressors in emot ional problems 2. In technique of community outreach and empowermen t 3. In cultural awareness and sensitivity 4. To be aware and make use of existing support syst ems within the churches 5. In how to develop new support systems within the church when needed 6. To communicate more actively and regularly with o thers, especially leaders of other outreach ministries in the church Reasons to Refer As a general rule, make a referral when you lack th e time, emotional stamina, stability, skill, or exper ience to continue counseling. When you are no longer able to help someone, refer. More specifically refer counselees: With legal difficulties, With severe financial needs, Who require medical attention, Who are severely depressed or suicidal, Who will require more time than you can give, Who want to shift to another counselor, Who show extremely aggressive behavior, Who make excessive use of drugs or alcohol, Who arouse strong feelings of dislike, sexual stimulation, or threat to the counselor, Who appear to be severely disturbed. The Literature of Lay Counseling Secular Literature Reasons for Using Lay Counseling: 1. Shortage of mental health professionals to meet i ncreasing demand 2. National surveys (1957 and 1976) indicated people would go to a family physician or clergy more often than mental health p rofessionals. (The text does not give evidence of more recent surveys.) 3. “Spontaneous remission” meaning many people get be tter over a two year period without any professional intervention. 4. Much research has evaluated the results of counse ling by lay counselors with little or no training versus professionally trained therapists, and although there is still much controversy over the results, both ap pear to be equally effective. 5. Indigenous lay counselors may be more effective w ith their own culture than those professionals from outside a specific culture . 6. Nonprofessional or lay counseling serves as a mea ns for recruiting lay counselors into professional counseling careers. Problems with Using Lay Counseling: 1. Boundary confusion; lay counselors may attempt mo re than they can do. 2. Lay counselors may feel insecure due to lack of t raining/experience. 3. Professionals may be unwilling to support them du e to liability/risk/prestige. 4. Pragmatics of training – universities more focused on training professionals Utilization of lay counselors include: volunteers i n hospitals, mature women as mental health counselors, college students as companion- therapists, and indigenous nonprofessionals for imp overished areas. Need formal assessment for selection and training in human-relations. The Literature of Lay Counseling Christian Literature Jay Adams’ “nouthetic counseling”, Gary Collins’ “people- helpers” and Larry Crabb’s “biblical counseling” are most influential approaches to Christian counseling in the l iterature. Models and literature are expanding, with many books a nd journal articles being published. Special issue of Journal of Psychology and Christianity was devoted to lay Christian counseling (1987, vol. 6, no. 2 ). There is little empirical research evaluating training of lay Christian counselors, and research on effectiveness of lay Christian counseling is scarce. A few are mentioned in th e text, along with suggestions for future research. Building a Ministry ofLay Counseling Start by choosing an appropriate modelfor a lay Christian counseling ministry for a particular type of church or ag ency. Models are not one-size-fits-all. The Informal, Spontaneous Model assumes lay Christian counseling should occur spontaneously and informally in intera ctions and relationships already present or possible through the existing st ructures of the church. Common in evangelical churches; use spiritual gifti ng and basic training, but do not receive ongoing supervision. The Informal, Organized Model assumes lay Christian counseling should be an organized and well-supervised ministry which nevertheless should still occur in informal settings as far as possible. Coun selors are carefully selected and given training with supervision, but t he counseling occurs informally; e.g. Stephen Series system of lay carin g ministry. The Formal, Organized Modelassumes that lay Christian counseling should not only be an organized and well-supervised ministry, but should occur in a formal way, such as through a counseling center. May be stand- alone facility or a part of the church. Staffed by professional counselors and therapists who oversee selection of lay counselors. Lay counseling would take place in offices with appointments scheduled. Regular staff meetings occur with a licensed, professional counselor or pa stor of lay counseling as supervisor. Several variations of this model occur and are available for review through church groups. Building a Ministry ofLay Counseling Five Steps for Building a Lay Counseling Ministry: 1. Become familiar with the 3 models for counseling ministry ( previous slide ) and assess which one, or combination of, would best fit your agency’s needs. 2. Get support for the idea of lay counseling from t he pastor, pastoral staff, and agency board. Without their support it will be difficult to proceed. 3. Screen potential lay Christian counselors from th e congregation, using appropriate spiritual and psychological criteria (more on that in future slides). 4. Provide a training program for lay counselors, focused on basic helping relationships within a biblical framework. 5. Develop programs or ministries where the trained lay counselors can be used. Program depends on your model. Building a Ministry ofLay Counseling Ten Guidelines for Establishing a Lay Counseling Ce nter 1. Determine clear objectives for the counseling ser vice. 2. Establish the “ethos” or distinctive character of the lay counseling center by giving it an appropriate name. 3. Carefully select, train, and supervise the counse ling personnel (director should be licensed professional counselor or pastor with training and experience in counseling). Provide training journal s. 4. Arrange for suitable facilities for the counselin g center. Include reception, waiting area, and at least 2-3 counseling rooms. 5. Establish operating hours of the center. Days, ev enings, weekends, etc., Consider emergency procedures, length of sessions, etc. 6. Establish a structure within which the lay counse ling center will function. Appoint a director to run the center, board or comm ittee to oversee, secretary/receptionist, etc. 7. Spread the word about your center – marketing can be accomplished through various media, but should be non-threatening to cli ents. 8. Clarify services the center will offer: (premarit al, groups, individual, etc.). Tan suggests referring out for all testing, including vocational tests. 9. Carefully consider the financing for the center, including books, supplies, furniture. Consider liability issues if you accept donations for services by lay counselors. 10. Determine the church affiliation of the lay coun seling center. Several churches could come together and start a center. Ta ke into consideration doctrinal issues and follow-up for ongoing spiritua l care and guidance of clients. Selection of Lay Counselors • What criteria should be used to select lay counselors? • What are the best methods for screening lay counselors? “Everyone agrees that the careful selection of lay counselors is a crucial step in the development of an effective lay counseling ministry” (p. 97). Selection of Lay Counselors:Criteria • Little research in defining selection criteria • Psychological tests are often used, However, consensus is –test for skill first, personality later – Group Assessment of Interpersonal Traits (GAIT) • Important characteristics for counselors to possess – Spiritual maturity (Gal. 6:1, Spirit-filled, matur e Christian, good knowledge of Scripture, wisdom in applying Scriptur e to life, and a regular prayer life); – Psychological stability (not emotionally labile or volatile, open and vulnerable, not suffering from a serious psychologi cal disorder); – Love for and interest in people (warm, caring, and genuine person); – Spiritual gifts (exhortation, wisdom, knowledge, d iscerning of spirits, mercy, and healing); – Some life experience (not too young) – Previous training or experience in helping people (experience helpful but not necessary) – Age, sex, education, socioeconomic status, and eth nic/cultural background (have diversity on your counseling team) ; – Availability and teachability (time for training, supervision, ministry, and open to learning biblical approach to helping); – Ability to maintain confidentiality (protect clien t privacy). Selection of Lay Counselors:Screening Methods • Applicants submit brief written statement affirmin g the following: – adherence to your church’s statement of faith or doctrine – a testimony of personal relationship with Jesus Christ – Reasons for wanting to be involved in lay counseling mi nistry and training program • Require recommendation letters from 2-3 people who know applicant well • Director and another church leader will interview the applicant to assess characteristics • Psychological testing (e.g. 16PF or Taylor-Johnson Temperament Analysis, MMPI, Myers-Briggs) by traine d psychologist • Spiritual Assessments also helpful. Does not requi re trained psychologist. Examples are described in tex t: – The Shepherd Scale, The Spiritual Well-Being Scale, The Character Assessment Scale, The Wagner-Revised Houts Questionnaire, The Spiritual Life Check-Up Questionnair e, The Spiritual Leadership Qualities Inventory. Training of Lay Counselors • Gary Collins suggests three phases: – Pre-training Phase• Select materials, publicize, select participants, initial course on spiritual gifts ( The Joy of Caringor Discover Your Spiritual Gift and Use It ) – Training Phase • Provide opportunities for counselors to learn skills, practice with “experimental clients,” minimum of 40-50 hours over several months. – Post-training Phase • Continuing education, further learning opportunitie s, discussion and supervision of cases, encouragement Training of Lay Counselors Models of Lay Christian Counselor Training (Which model you choose will depend on the model of your program) – Larry Crabb’s Model consists of three levels. • Level I is Counseling by Encouragement (Encouragement: The Key to Caring , Crabb & Allender). • Level II is Counseling by Exhortation. 35-40 hours classroom training for mature believers. • Level III is Counseling by Enlightenment. Only a select few enter a 6-12 month weekly trainin g program. – Gary Sweeten’s Model (College Hill Presbyterian Church, Cincinnati, OH ).Uses discipleship counseling approach. Four courses. Fir st 2 taught sequentially over an 8-week period for 2½ hours per session, with homework. • Session 1: “Apples of Gold I” competency-based, int erpersonal skills. • Session 2: “Apples of Gold II” teaches skills of co ncreteness, genuineness, self-disclosure, confrontation, and speaking truth in love. • Session 3: “Rational Christian Thinking” integrates REBT with Scripture. It is 6 weeks, 2½ hours per session with homework. • Session 4: “Breaking Free from the Past” is most in tense. Requires 50 hours of prep, deals with past traumas, generational bles sings and curses, personal sins and character defects. Two facilitators lead group members, includes teach ing. Training of Lay Counselors Models of Lay Christian Counselor Training (continued) –Horace Lukens’ Model – Six sequential levels of training. • Level I: “Body Life Skills” for all Christians. Foc uses on basic skills of living in Christian community. • Level II: “Theory and Theology” for Christian leade rs and teachers. Integration of Christianity and psychology, developmental psych , abnormal psych. • Level III: “Personal Awareness” for Christian leade rs and teachers, examine personal needs, temperaments, characteristics, and psychological testing. • Level IV: “Body Life Skills II” for lay counselor t rainees only. Development and refinement of counseling skills. • Level V: “Practicum” counseling supervision for lay counselors trainees who have demonstrated competence in all previous levels . • Level VI: “Advanced Training” for trainees who are competent in first 5 levels, and show an interest specific training such as fina ncial counseling, marital and family therapy, vocational evaluation and couns eling, etc. All levels are 8-10 weeks in duration. – Stephen Series (founded by Dr. Kenneth Haugk, pastor, clinical psyc hologist, author, and educator ). Applies more to lay caring ministry, notto lay counseling per se. Once selected through a 9-step p rocess, trainees enter a 12-day Leader’s Training Course intensive a nd comprehensive in the following areas: administrative resources, t raining topics/presentations, implementing and maintaining Stephen Ministry in the congregation. Training topics cover a variety a nd range from what to do during first contact to counseling relationsh ip exercises, community resources, and ministering to suicidal pe rsons and shut-ins. Supervision of Lay Counselors • Loganbill, Hardy, and Delworth (1982) define clinical supervision as “an intensive, interpersonally focuses, one-to-one rela tionship in which one person is designated to facilitate the development of therapeutic competence in the other person.” • Research indicates “ mere counseling experience did not help counselors improve their ability or competence.” • Supervision should be regular and effective. Weekl y or biweekly group or individual sessions. Not “friendship” supervisor. • Practice Models include minimum intervention, vert ical supervision, professional training, and implicit trust models. • Conceptualization of supervision: theoretical or d evelopmental – Theoretical is based on counseling theory or thera peutic orientation of the supervisor – Developmental model cuts across theoretical orient ations and is based on developmental stage/needs of the counselor • “Ideal” supervisor: – Brainstorming, role play, modeling behavior (by th e supervisor), and guided reflection. – Feedback should be systematic, timely, clearly und erstood, and reciprocal. – Avoid constrictive, amorphous (unclear guidance), unsupportive and therapeutic (focusing on supervisee as a counselee) environments – Christian supervisor is spiritually mature, use of Scripture whenever appropriate, ethical, depends on Holy Spirit. – Who should supervise? Experienced pastor, elder, l ay counselor or professional counselor. Ideal is profe ssional counselor, but not always feasible or essential (Ta n). Evaluation of Lay Counselors • Evaluate Counseling Knowledge and Skills– Self-report measures, written responses by lay counselors to counseling situations (videotaped), ratings by others of the counselors’ behaviors and s kills in session (videotaped), peer ratings provided by o ther lay counselors • Evaluate Personal and Spiritual Growth – Possible tools: Personal Orientation Inventory (PO I), Spiritual Well-Being Scale, Character Assessment Scale, Wagner-Revised Houts Questionnaire, Spiritua l Leadership Qualities, Age Universal Religious Orientation Scale (I-E Scale) • Minimal Requirements for Evaluation Research – Counselor Training Program Questionnaire (CTPQ), Helping Relationship Inventory (HRI), and the Spiri tual Well-Being Scale (or the I-E Scale). Evaluation of Lay Counselors • Measures for Outcome Evaluations from a variety of viewpoints provides a more comprehensive assessment of therapeutic change – Patient/client self-report – Trained outside observer/expert observer ratings – Relevant other ratings – Therapist/counselor ratings – Institutional ratings The Local Church andLay Counseling • Difficult to estimate how many local churches have lay counseling ministries. The Stephen Series alone has been used successfully in thousands of congregations worldwide. • Beyond the local church are many more examples. For example, para-church organizations like Youth For Christand Campus Crusade use lay counselors, as do Prison Ministries , Christian mental health centers, and context of missions training and counseling. Potential Pitfalls • Legal and ethical issues more prominent since clergy malpractice suit against Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, CA was filed March 1980 by the parents of 24-yr-old Kenneth Nally, who committed suicide on April 1, 1979. Suit claimed clergy, pastors and church were negligent. Went to California Supreme Court, which in Nov. 1988 ruled against the Nallys on a 5 to 2 vote, and then on to US Supreme Court which in April 1989 refused to review the California Supreme Court decision, thereby letting it stand. Essentially, this meant that pastors and church workers had no legal duty to refer troubled parishioners or church members to licensed psychiatrists. Regardless of the court decision, the question of legalities and ethics are present. • See AACC ethics guidelines for current data. Potential Pitfalls Christian Counseling by Gary Collins suggests 8 major areas of potential problems. 1. The Counselor’s Motivation 2. The Counselor’s Effectiveness 3. The Counselor’s Role 4. The Counselor’s Vulnerability 5. The Counselor’s Sexuality 6. The Counselor’s Ethics 7. The Counselor’s Burnout 8. The Counselor’s Counselors Potential Pitfalls • Legal and Ethical Issues Relevant to Lay Counseling – See Clergy Malpractice by Dr. Thomas Needham for details on twenty potentially high-risk situations • Consider three issues when addressing legal/ethical dilemmas: – Malpractice insurance (prevention) – Legal standards – stay current – Supervision of lay counselors Potential Pitfalls Six major types of lawsuits filed against psychologists and counselors 1) breach of contract 2) physical assault 3) sexual assault (the largest number of lawsuits fall into this category) 4) abandonment 5) suicide – failure to protect 6) negligent infliction of emotional distress (harm to client) Conclusions • Tan recommends further research on role of spiritual gifts in effective counseling, whether lay or professional • “It is still important for lay Christian counselors as well as pastors to learn to care and counsel in a systematic and skilled way, in order to be effective and truly helpful” (p. 230). The choice is not whether we should or should not counsel, but the method we use to counsel people (disciplined, skilled, or unskilled and undisciplined) References Tan, S. Y. (1991). Lay counseling: Equipping Christians for a helping ministry. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. Note: some slides refer to outside resources, all found in Tan (1991).

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