We (the church which I pastor) recently chose a few mature Christian women from the congregation to counsel women when different needs arise. We’re still in the middle of this process, but one place we’re starting as we consider some training is Women Helping Women, edited by Elyse Fitzpatrick and Carol Cornish. The book is perfect for what we need: it gives the basics of biblical counseling (part I), then it discusses certain themes that come up often in women’s counseling (part II; i.e. counseling women discontent in their singleness, divorced women, single women, and elderly women, just to name a few).
Again, we’re still working out this process, but most likely our introductory training will come from chapters 1-4 (part I), which talk about the philosophy, methods, and foundations of biblical counseling, along with some general notes on women counseling women. I’ll perhaps blog on things in this book later, when we go through them, but for now I want to point out this book in case you weren’t aware of it. Also, let me know if you have other suggestions along this line.