How to Get Your Counseling Off to a Good Start

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Author: Randy Patten


How you start a counseling session or case strongly influences how you finish.  This workshop is a very “nuts and bolts” session that will be especially helpful to beginning counselors and experienced counselors wanting more productive first sessions.   Practical suggestions will be made regarding the counselor’s preparation of himself, the room, the agenda, homework resources, etc.   

This is a session from the Biblical Counseling Training Conference hosted by Faith Church in Lafayette, Indiana. 

People are looking for the hope that there are answers for their hurts, their difficulties, and the challenges they face. Since 1985, the Biblical Counseling Training Conference has been equipping ministry professionals and lay leaders to skillfully, confidently, and lovingly minister God's Word to those looking for answers.

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About the speaker: 

Randy Patten is the past Executive Director of the Association of Certified Biblical  Counselors (ACBC); ACBC Fellow; former pastor and consultant to pastors and churches; instructor and counselor at Faith Biblical Counseling Ministries for 24 years; member of the board of directors of the Biblical Counseling Coalition; married with two children and six grandchildren; B.A., Cedarville University; M.Div., Grace Theological Seminary.