Skype and Phone Counselor Application

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Thank you for your interest in participating in the Skype and Phone Counseling program.

It is our desire to make sure that everyone who needs help is able to receive the help that they need, and everyone who wants to be a part of that serving process, and who is adequately qualified, are able to participate and be found.

You must already be an approved Hope for Wholeness Network Referral to apply. If applying for for Professional Skype Counselor, then you must already be approved as a Referral Counselor. There is no additional cost for listed Referral Counselors, Ministry Directors, Church Referral Director. 

Leaders within a Referral Ministry or Church that are not the listed Director may apply as a Lay Skype Counselor, but there is a cost of a regular listing.  See Ministry Offerings. Leaders must be a Senior Level team member.  See Ministry Standards for details, page 5 and page 11 for Moral Requirements (minimum four years).  Leaders within a Referral Ministry or Church MUST first complete the full Referral Ministry or Church Application and be approved before completing the Skype Counselor Application. 

We offer two programs: Professional and Lay. In each of these, we have very high standards in place, as this is someone that will be promoted nationally and internationally. Below are the required criterial and the application.  To be listed in each state, you must meet these requirements. These qualifications were corporately agreed upon by our leadership team. Feel free to contact Marc Dillworth, the Counselor Coordinator, for questions and further discussion.

If you are a professional counselor and do not meet the criteria, you may consider being listed as a lay counselor until you meet the required criteria.  If a premium or network member, you will have a separate page for this and can share your qualifications, etc. on your page.  We hope you can respect our desire to have an elevated level of criteria for those who are going to serve on a national scale.

Professional Skype Counselor

  • A minimum of a masters degree in counseling
  • Professionally credentialed
  • Minimum years in practice - 5
  • Minimum number of one-on-one (not support group) hours counseling individuals affected by homosexuality - 300
  • Minimum number of hours counseling via Skype or phone - 100

Lay Skype Counselor

  • Self taught through some form of counseling training, classes, and conferences, at least 100 hours of training
  • Minimum years in direct lay counseling - 5
  • Minimum number of one-on-one (not support group) hours counseling individuals affected by homosexuality - 200
  • Minimum number of hours counseling via Skype or phone - 100
  • Lay Skype Counselors should have some minimal training in the following: Crisis intervention/Suicide prevention; Ethics; Identifying mental illness, and when to refer. This need not be formal training, but at least have read some articles or books on the topic, or be in relationship with someone who does have this training who they can sit and have some conversations with, or ask questions to. This will be a part of the annual Hope for Wholeness conference.

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