Lay Counselling – A Trainers Manual

The Psychosocial Centre has together with three European partners developed a training manual for lay counsellors. ‘Lay counselling: A Trainer’s Manual’ sets out the role and responsibilities of lay counsellors and the organisation within which they work. The manual outlines a two-day training curriculum and consists of a variety of didactic methods. Specific themes covered are referrals and reporting, supportive communication, assisting decision-making, structure of a counselling conversation, life events, stress and coping, psychological first aid and self-care. The manual is supplemented by a powerpoint presentation, handouts and additional activities and the total material developed provides the necessary tools for conducting a two day training in lay counselling.

The manual is available in English, French, German and Danish. The English manual can be ordered in hard copy through All versions incl. the supplements can be downloaded here.

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