Counselor Training

The counselor training track is the heartbeat of what we do at Respero. Counseling is not about fixing people or having all the right answers. It’s about listening deeply, asking good questions, and helping people move forward in their lives and relationships with courage, love, and faith. Some people are especially gifted for this important work. We developed this curriculum to give you the knowledge, skills, and self-awareness to identify and use your gifts in many settings. What that looks like will be different for everyone – but the goal is the same – to have more healthy and healing conversations happening in the world.

Whether you want to be part of our Respero counseling team, lead a staff, work as a volunteer at your church, love having heart to heart conversations over coffee or just want to gain skills for healthy conversations, this training is for you. At the completion of the training we will help you discern how you can best use your gifts!

If you have any questions about the counselor training program or wondering if it is a good fit for you, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Respero counselor training consists of three online courses. A fourth course, Understanding Our Struggles, is also available as an additional resource.

THE COURSES

Understanding Yourself

Discover the root of why we do what we do and develop better strategies for being a great lover--of ourselves and others.

Understanding Relationships

Understand what makes relationships strong and great, and what destroys them. Grow in your ability to love and enjoy the important people in your life.

Counseling Skills & Practicum

Get an in-depth look at the most important skills required for effective counseling. Observe live counseling sessions and practice your skills.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Understanding our Struggles

Get to the source of the most common human struggles, and learn how to bring wisdom, healing, and practical help for each of them. Package includes all topical lessons pertaining to common struggles.

Grief

Learn to give space to our grief and the grief of others.

Addiction

Walk through a basic framework for thinking about addiction, from how it affects our brains to 12-step programs. Learn some essential qualities for a life free from dependency.

Marriage, Separation & Divorce

Dive into the complexity of marriage, separation and divorce. When is separation warranted and productive for restoration? What does it look like to heal when your marriage is broken.

Spiritual Abuse

Recognize the marks of a spiritually abusive person and/or church. Understand how this abuse seeps into the understanding of ourselves, God and others.

Sexual Abuse

Learn about the emotional, mental, and behavioral effects of abuse. Get a glimpse of how we can come alongside those who have suffered and not let it rob them of their worth, value and ability to love and be loved.

Disappointment

Take an honest look at the reality of disappointment in our relationships, and explore how to respond to it with maturity and wisdom.

Anger

Excavate the roots and sources of anger that often wreak havoc on our relationships. Learn to practice new expressions that don’t violate love.

Shame

Let's talk about shame and where it comes from--using psychology, brain science, and ancient wisdom. Explore how to identify and change our shame beliefs.

Codependency

Understand codependency, why people struggle with it so much, and how to help people identify their wrong beliefs and establish new ways of thinking and loving.

Anxiety

What's going on in our bodies when we are feeling anxious? Learn effective and proven ways to deal with anxiety and reduce stress.

Pornography

Discuss marks of healthy sexuality and what we need for healing and freedom from pornography, as well as tools to help others.

Preparing for Marriage

How to get a great start on the adventure of marriage, or, Building a strong foundation for a life-long marriage

Gift Cards

Give a gift that will make a difference for a lifetime. Select any amount to be used for any of our courses. Great way to encourage someone to take a course with you.

“I want to be brave with my life. And when we make the choice to dare greatly, we sign up to get our asses kicked. We can choose courage or we can choose comfort, but we can’t have both. Not at the same time.” - Brene Brown

“We must learn that the world is a place of abundance, not scarcity. The mantra of “not enough” becomes a kind of default setting for our thinking about everything, from the cash in our pocket to the people we love or the value of our own lives. It becomes the reason we can’t have what we want or be who we want to be. But it’s not true!” - Lynn Twist

“Redemption does not mean that God meets our needs and then our souls stop longing. No, redemption does not eradicate desperation. Instead, redemption allows us to surrender. And God doesn't want something from us. He wants us.” - Sharon Hersh

“We should not ask to do great things for God, but to do small things with great love.” - Mother Theresa
“Do you know what it’s like to be rested? Truly rested? This is what I’m finding, every day, every hour: there is a way of living that is so sweet, so full, so whole and beautiful you’ll never want to go back once you’ve tasted it.” - Shauna Niequist
“Want to be happy? Stop trying to be perfect.” - Brene Brown
“Connection is why we’re here; it is what gives purpose and meaning to our lives.” - Brene Brown
“We run from grief because loss scares us, yet our hearts reach toward grief because the broken parts want to mend.” - Brene Brown
"We cannot selectively numb emotions. When we numb the painful emotions, we also numb the positive emotions." - Brene Brown
“Our world desperately needs wise, skillful practitioners of the cure of souls.” - Dallas Willard
“A shepherd counselor is not a doctor whose primary task is to take away pain…the main task of the shepherd counselor is to prevent people from suffering for the wrong reasons.” - Henri Nouwen
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.” - Philo
“The deepest convictions of our heart are formed by stories and reside there in the images and emotions of story…..Life is not a list of propositions, it is a series of dramatic scenes.” - Brent Curtis
“Here is something very simple about relationships….Nobody will listen to you unless they sense that you like them.” - Donald Miller
“Jesus came to announce to us that an identity based on success, popularity, and power is a false identity—an illusion! Loudly and clearly he says: ‘You are not what the world makes you; but you are children of God.’ “ - Henri Nouwen
“When we accept our complete belovedness, we stop judging ourselves and other people; as a result, other people begin to feel safe with us.” - Henri Nouwen
“Human beings who give themselves to relational greatness—who have friends they laugh with, cry with, learn with, fight with, dance with, live and love and grow old and die with—these are the human beings who lead magnificent lives.” - John Ortberg
“The litmus test of spirituality is not the absence of conflict; conflict will not disappear until we die. The litmus test is how we handle it. Conflict is inevitable; resentment is not.” - John Ortberg
“There are few joys in life like being wanted, chosen, embraced. There are few pains like being excluded, rejected, left out. At the core of of Christian community is the choice between exclusion and embrace.” - Miroslav Wolf

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P.O. Box 312
Soquel, CA 95073

1-831-334-8268

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