Lay Counseling, Revised and Updated: Equipping Christians for a Helping Ministry

Lay Counseling, Revised and Updated: Equipping Christians for a Helping Ministry


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This one of a kind resource provides pastors, church leaders, and non-professional counselors with everything they need to establish a program for lay counseling. This new edition has been thoroughly revised and updated in light of fresh research and outlines a practical training resource that can be used to train and equip lay counselors.

Filled with useful forms and questionnaires, it also provides a helpful and comprehensive survey of the programs and resources that are currently available.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310524274
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 10/11/2016
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 587,896
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Siang-Yang Tan, Ph.D (Mc Gill University), is Professor of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary and Senior Pastor at First Evangelical Church Glendale in Southern California. He is the author of Coping with Depression and Counseling and Psychotherapy: A Christian Perspective.

Eric Scalise, Ph.D., LPC, LMFT, is the Vice President for Professional Development with the American Association of Christian Counselors. A Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with over 33 years of clinical and professional experience in the mental health field he specializes in professional/pastoral stress and burnout, marriage and family issues, leadership development, addictions, and lay counselor training. Dr. Scalise and his wife Donna have been married for 33 years, have twin sons who are combat veterans serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, and three grandchildren.

Table of Contents


1. Why Do We Need Lay Counselors?
2. Biblical Basis for Lay Counseling
3. Models from Scripture
4. Reviewing Current Trends
5. Building a Ministry
6. Selecting Counselors
7. Training and Equipping Counselors
8. Supervision of Lay Counselors
9. Evaluating the Ministry
10. What is the Role of the Local Church?
11. Potential Pitfalls


Appendices and Forms
Effective Listening and Communication Skills
Trauma and Abuse
Grief, Loss, and Mood Disorders
Addictions and Strongholds
Liability, Ethics, and the Law
Marriage Counseling and Parenting

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From the Publisher

Lay Counseling: Equipping Christians for a Helping Ministry is one of those books that every pastor and Christian counselor should have. Now it’s even better. Siang-Yang
Tan and Eric Scalise have teamed up in this new updated version to create a truly dynamic resource. I cannot recommend it more highly. — Mark Laaser, President and Founder of Faithful and True, host of The Men of Valor Program

Lay Counseling is a book that needs to be on the shelf of every pastor, counselor, and people-helper.
Does it provide us all with the 'how-tos'
of meeting people in their brokenness? Absolutely it does. But even more than that, there's nobody I would trust more in my own pain than Drs. Tan and Scalise. As you learn from their knowledge and experience penned on these pages, keep in mind that they are written by two men who genuinely personify the empathy Jesus calls us to. That's what makes this book so special. — Joshua Straub, Marriage and Family Strategist, Life Way Christian Resources

Unlike ever before, a profound and heartfelt movement is sweeping Christianity as followers of Christ reach their hands over troubled waters to help follow Christians through their life experiences and problems. Siang-Yang
Tan and Eric Scalise, with their many combined decades of biblical wisdom, servanthood, and clinical experience in training lay counselors, provide the most definitive and comprehensive book on lay counseling ever written. Soaked in the heart of Christ and the Scriptures, and seasoned with insights of clinical practice, psychology, and practical “how-to”
advice, this book is a foundational “must” for programs and persons pursuing lay counseling. — Frederick Di Blasio, Ph D, LCSW-C, Professor and Therapist, University of Maryland

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