Rocky Top Cares is a resource provided by Collegiate Abbey, College Life, and RUF in partnership with local counseling providers to address mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical areas of need on our campus.

What Is Christian Para-Counseling?

Para-Counseling is a ministry Jesus calls his followers to provide to those who are in emotional or spiritual turmoil (Matt. 9:36 – 38). Christian para-counselors offer hurting people a spiritual helping relationship in which they can experience the kind of spiritual care, hope, and truth that only Jesus can provide (Matt. 11:28 – 29; Heb. 4:14 –16). The purpose of Christian para-counseling is to come alongside those who are suffering and help them find the spiritual resources to think and live as followers of Jesus in the midst of whatever problems or struggles they are encountering.  Faith-based para-counselors do this by using the spiritual practices of listening beneath words, soul care, discipleship counseling, prayer, biblical encouragement, and spiritual direction. This 10-hour training
program provides the foundations for understanding how to offer Christian faith-based para-counseling to those who are hurting. It is designed for anyone who feels called by Jesus to provide this kind of ministry to others.


Rocky Top Cares Fall Schedule:

September 12th - 13th

Para-Counselor Training Round 1

Mid-Late September

Faith & Anxiety Panel

Mid - Late October

Faith & Depression Panel

Mid - November

Para-Counselor Training Round 2

Para-Counselor Weekend Training

September 12th - 13th

*Registration Deadline is September 8th*

Part One: The Fundamentals of Para-Counseling

Session One: The Role of a Para-Counselor - what it is and what it is not

Session Two: The Heart of a Para-Counselor - what it takes to be an effective para-counselor

Session Three: The Skills of a Para-Counselor – how para-counselors help people

Session Four: The Stages of Para-Counseling – a road map for para-counseling

Session Five: The Ethics of Para-Counseling - the do’s and don’ts of para-counseling

Part Two: The Opportunities for Para-Counseling

Session Six: Identity Crises - para-counseling for people experiencing low self-esteem, self-blame, self-denial or indecision

Session Seven: Emotional Crises - para-counseling for people experiencing grief, anxiety, depression, or loneliness

Session Eight: Behavioral Crises - para-counseling for people struggling to control their own behavior

Session Nine: Relational Crises - para-counseling for people experiencing relational disappointments, conflicts, or emotional manipulation

Session Ten: Survival Crises - para-counseling for survivors of trauma, abuse, or violence



Seminar Instructors:

The counseling team from the Biblical Life Counseling Center of Fellowship
Church led by Dr. Kevin Huggins, author of Friendship Counseling, NavPress, and Director of Counseling Training and Supervision at the Center.


Para-Counseling Training Course

September 12th 9 am-3:30 pm
September 13th 2 pm - 7 pm

Course Cost

There is a small course fee of $10 to cover snacks and a few overhead items. We are trying to keep the cost of the course to a minimum. Please bring your own lunch and dinner for our time. 



The training will be held at:

Pending capacity limits we will hold the training at either:

Redeemer Presbyterian

1642 Highland Ave, Knoxville, TN 37916


Fellowship Church

8000 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville, TN 37909