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A nonprofit is as strong as the community that holds it up. Together, we can do more than we can do alone. Let's bring our faith, abilities and passions together to affect real change for women in our community. We would love to talk with you about volunteer opportunities!

2020 Peer Counseling Training

Our next "Basic Peer Counseling Training" (BPCT) will begin Tuesday, February 11. BPCT prepares volunteers to serve as peer counseling volunteers as well as group facilitators. More . . . 

Contact Lynn Trogdon, Center Director,  for an application and more information. ( ~ 919-943-0789) 

Volunteer & Donor Opportunities

You can help in many ways!


RECEPTIONIST: With a 3-hour receptionist training, you will be ready to greet our visitors with a smile! We're looking for women who can commit to a weekly 3-hour shift. Currently, our center is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

JOIN OUR PRAYER TEAM: Confidentiality training required.

HOSPITALITY: Coordinate food and decorations for events throughout the year.

ADMINISTRATIVE HELP: Whether a one-time project or regularly scheduled hours each week, administrative volunteers keep the wheels of the ministry running smoothly! Particular needs are:

  • Social media design
  • Website maintenance


  • Manage library
  • Maintain resource book and files for easy access when counseling volunteers need resources for their clients.

HOUSEKEEPING: Maintain the welcoming, safe place that women enjoy when they visit our center.


Your generous support is appreciated. Opportunities to be a donor partner include:

  • Be a monthly supporter
  • Provide paper goods on a monthly or quarterly basis
  • Provide special items for visitors, such as:  small bottle water, K-cups, chocolates

Volunteers gather throughout the year for socials, advanced training and retreat time.
Volunteers gather throughout the year for socials, advanced training and retreat time.

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