Crisis Counseling Training at CBC

biblicalcounselingBiblical counseling at Cornerstone involves two key categories: (1) Spiritual Friends and (2) Crisis Counselors. Both pieces are important as we seek to develop competent and equipped counselors which can fulfill the one another commands of Scripture. Spiritual friends are simply Christians who are informed in how to use the Scriptures to encourage, challenge, and aid their fellow church members in their walk with the Lord. Crisis counselors, however, are those with more developed skills in addressing some of the worst problems of the fallen world. Not everyone is readily able to assist a person wrestling with dissociative identity disorder, but the church does need some people equipped to come alongside their brother or sister in this life situation. It is our desire, then, to raise up and equip crisis counselors within our church who can begin to address and care for those struggling with serious familial, spiritual, and mental issues. Training crisis counselors will involve completing three phases of the equipping process.

Phase 1: Introductory Biblical Counseling Training

We offer an in-house three track training course that introduces students to the basic theological and methodological foundations of Biblical Counseling. Track one establishes the theological and philosophical foundations of Biblical counseling. Track two introduces students to the methodology we use and the processes of change involved in transformation. Track three is a series of case studies that invites students to try their hand at applying the concepts of the first two tracks to potentially real-life situations. Students must complete all three tracks to be eligible for further training in Crisis Counseling.

Phase 2: Guided Independent Study

Students who advance will participate in some intensive study, consisting of 1500 pages of reading (reading from the previous three tracks  in phase 1 does not count towards this total) and three guided seminars. The seminars will be issue-specific, students will have time to read and prepare and will be expected to come and participate in discussion. The reading can be selected from an approved list of monographs; some selections must be based on the topics of the seminars. The three topics selected for the 2015 seminars are: homosexuality, domestic violence, and depression.

Phase 3: Observations and Supervisions

The final phase of preparation for crisis counseling (which may coincide with phase 2) will involve observing a crisis counselor in action, and then allowing a mentor to observe you in action as you counsel others. Students must sit in on 10 hours of counseling under a trained counselor to observe them in action. Counselors will help the trainee to learn to take good notes, review cases, prepare homework, and anticipate follow-ups. Upon completion of the 10 hours, students will begin to do some counseling of their own, under the supervision of a mentor/coach. They will need to complete 40 hours of supervised counseling before they can be released and approved for Crisis Counseling ministry at CBC.

It is our desire to train many counselors for the future health of our church. In order to truly fulfill the one another commands of scripture we need to be equipped in many diverse ways to love, encourage, challenge, and assist each other. This requires both training up Spiritual Friends and Crisis Counselors. If you have a desire to be in either one of those roles in our church please make plans to talk with me. You can get started today!

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