Peer Counseling Training

Required Volunteer Training

Our peer counseling volunteers and group facilitators complete our in-depth 14 session Basic Peer Counseling Training (BPCT), and participate in a small group (like Making Peace With Your Past)  for personal growth and healing before talking with women who visit Abundant Joy CWM.

Training Details

Step One: Complete application process. (Contact Lynn Trogdon, Center Director,

Step Two: Our 14-session training will equip you to serve as a peer counseling volunteer. This is required for anyone working with clients. You may miss up to two sessions (with makeup video sessions.) 

  • Application required.
  • Cost:  $45.00 (covers cost of training materials)

Step Three: Attend a small group for personal healing (such as Making Peace with Your Past), ideally before attending  peer counselor training. This may be completed before or after attending BPCT.

Step Four: Commit to serve at least 35 hours in the center in return for time invested in your training.

Training Topics Covered

Personality Temperaments – understanding effects on counseling and healing

Counseling Qualifications, Roles and Techniques – for effective counseling

Quality Control – confidentiality and knowing your limits

Communication I, Speaking and Listening – levels and techniques of communication

Communication II, Application – listening and speaking skills

Healing Process I, Introduction – personal needs and past issues

Healing Process II, Steps and Stages – woundedness and the healing journey

Forgiveness – what it is and is not, connection to healing

Unhealthy Relationships – causes, symptoms and recovery

Setting Personal Boundaries – factors that enhance/hinder relationships

Distorted Image of God – influences and steps to spiritual healing

Group Facilitating – concepts for leading support groups

Applications Workshop – role-playing and record keeping

Challenge to Personal Accountability – call to a deeper relationship with God

Basic Peer Counseling Training designed by International CWM