Lay Counseling Certification

This certification is for those not ordained or licensed as a minister who want to assist their pastor in doing the long-term counseling that he and other staff members do not have the training or time to accomplish. 



1. Purchase the correct certification package below and read the text books.

2. Attend each required course in residence, by watching the videos on DVD or on the class webpage. After completion, each assignment should be sent via E-mail to for grading. Your final examination for the class will be sent to you when your last paper for that course is returned. Complete the final exam by underlining the correct answers and return it. Select the hyperlink below for the course syllabuses, course requirements, and E-school videos.


Faith Therapy

Effective Counseling and Coaching Skills



Principles of Life

Individual Practicum


 3. When the courses are satisfactorily completed, you will be enrolled in a counseling practicum where you will be required to complete at least 30 hours of face-to-face counseling and discuss your counseling with one of our qualified supervisors by E-mail (being careful to ensure client confidentiality). 


4. After you compete this supervised counseling you will receive a certificate signed by Dr. Reiner verifying that you have completed the required training and supervision, and are now certified as a lay counselor.  


Add the Wichita, Kansas Residence Counseling Training and Certification package (5 courses including practicum and 5 books) to your shopping cart for a donation of $400. 


Add the DVD Home Study Counseling Training and Certification package (5 books, 5 DVD sets, and Email supervision) to your shopping cart for a donation of $750.

Add the E-School Counseling Training and Certification package (5 video courses, 5 books, and Email supervision) to your shopping cart for a donation of $600.

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     Check out our new updated videos on the left for Pastors and Churches Internationally.


     Word of Life Institute is now upgrading the quality of our counseling videos online via and will be offering them on flash drives in high quality SD, HD720 and HD1080 formats when each course is completed.  Our bookstore now offers direct links to buy our books directly from us through our printer at very low prices and other books from at significantly lower prices.


     Our new residence ministry certification training is continuing and should be completed online by this summer. 

     You now can access the Faith Therapy material from our books and videos by topic by following the Answers by Topic link on this page to

    Finally, on that website, you now have an opportunity to partner with us by donating to make this material freely available on the missions field even where adequate Internet connectivity is not available.  

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