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Sometimes we stay on a surface level in our relationships because if we uncover someoneís problems we are fearful of trying to help them. We wonder if we can really help someone through his or her problems and are fearful because we feel unqualified to help. This section provides training and encouragement for you, so that you can encourage, counsel and help those who have problems. Many of us can help our friends resolve their problems when they are small and keep them from becoming large ones. Click on the title of the books/information below to order it and have it delivered to your home.
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When Someone Asks for Help
by Everett L. Worthington Jr.
Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology
A friend has just come to you and shared her deep problems. How can you best help her? After all, you donít have any training in counseling. Should you give advice or just listen? "When Someone Asks for Help" trains you so you can counsel and help others with confidence. First, this book presents a model for Christian helping and teaches the skills of an effective helper. He provides excellent examples illustrating how to listen. Then Everett Worthington provides a five-step process to help you understand what is happening in your friendsí lives and help focus their lives and set goals for solving their problems. Those stages are: Understanding your friendís problem (and messages that donít help) and showing you understand. The second stage is helping your friend rethink the problem. The third stage is planning for change. The fourth stage is supporting your friend as he or she enacts that plan for change. The final stage is follow-up.

Throughout this book there are detailed examples and mock counseling sessions to help you learn counseling skills. Finally, a case study is given at the end to verify that you are ready to counsel and help others.
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Quick Scripture Reference For Counseling
By John G. Kruis
PROBLEM: You like to counsel people but want to increase the use of scripture in your counseling.

This book is a wonderful aid to those who want to better equipped with scripture, and more effective in helping others. Many scriptures are listed under topics and each topic is numbered with sub-topics so you can easily find just the verse or passage that you need to help someone else. This book will also be a helpful tool of teaching and encouragement in your own life as you go through lifeís troubles, turmoil, sins, trials and Godís discipline.
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