Article Review Forum
Topic: Lay Counseling Effectiveness
Read the article, "Do Lay Christian Counseling Approaches Work? What We Currently Know" by Garzon & Tilley (2009) provided in this module/week. Also incorporate Clinton & Ohlschlager (2002) Chapter 18, Lay Helping, from your text into your answer.
Garzon & Tilley (2009) provide a review of recent research on the effectiveness of a variety of lay counseling approaches. While the authors note that there is some empirical (research) support specific approaches, they also identify a general need for further study on the effectiveness of lay counseling. Based upon your reading of this article and information from Chapter 18 of the course text, please respond to each of the following questions:
Why is it important to conduct empirical studies on the effectiveness of lay counseling?
How might research on existing lay counseling approaches be used to further develop and improve the care that churches and Christian ministries are providing?
How might you be able to partner with your local church, or another Christian counseling organization to produce some basic validation of current lay counseling approaches?
Format your assignment according to the following formatting requirements:
1. The answer should be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides.
2. The response also includes a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student's name, the course title, and the date. The cover page is not included in the required page length.
3. Also include a reference page. The Citations and references should follow APA format. The reference page is not included in the required page length.
Article: Do Lay Christian Counseling Approaches Work? What We Currently Know by Fernando Garzon and Kimberely A. Tilley.