When your job requires you to do professional training, most of us sigh, pull up our boot straps and do our best to mentally prepare for a day of trying to stay awake in class. Right? Or is that just me? Well, the training I have been receiving recently creates anything but those feelings. And I'm not just saying that because my boss may be reading this blog. Seriously, I can't get enough of this training that they have been sending me to. Love it!
Two months ago my supervisor called me into her office and told me I was approved to join 8 others in traveling to San Antonio for the National Association of Nouthetic Counselors (NANC) training. All of that is fancy wording for "biblical counseling". I'm pretty sure I jumped up and squealed like a 7th grade girl after being asked to a dance. Ever since I started working at Star of Hope, I have been dreaming of the day I would be picked to attend this training. It came!
This Friday will make the 2nd weekend of training and I have been looking forward to this weekend since the end of the last biblical counseling weekend training. The training is for 3 months and its 1 weekend out of every month. Last month, I left with very mixed feelings. I was completely exhausted by all the information given to me, yet couldn’t wait for the next month to get here so I could learn more. I sent a text to my supervisor and let her know a new family service worker would be returning to work on Monday. The Lord has been so good to allow me to use some of the things I learned that weekend many, many times already in meetings with my guest!
I LOVE that Star of Hope cares so greatly for the people we serve and the employees, that to send us for incredible biblical counseling training, so we can better guide, counsel and love on our guests. Seriously, how great is that? (Side Note: Shout out to the donors who give to SOH. You help make it possible for us to get good training.)
FYI… I learned in Proverbs 18 it says, “If anyone gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame.”… The Lord is teaching me that in order to give good counsel, I need to listen more and not assume I know a guest before I even hear his/her story . So yeah, basically, I need lots of training. And I am oh so thankful that Star of Hope is sending me to it!