Advocate information

One of the key aspects of our process involves "advocates"(a concerned friend, family member, fellow church go-er, lay counselor, or church leader). We believe that struggles should be shared not hidden. Therefore, we require those coming for help to bring an advocate who will provide support through the counseling process and encouragement and accountability upon returning to their home community. 

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  • Why is an Advocate vital?

    The role of the advocate is essential to the type of counseling we do at TS. We believe that counsel should be in the context of community and should not be an isolated sterile process (Romans 15:1-2, Philippians 2:1-4). The advocate is a natural extension of the community because he or she cares deeply for the individual or family coming for help and wants to be a friend, guide, and an encouragement through their toughest days (Hebrews 3:12-13; 10:24).

    In our experience, the presence of an advocate drastically improves the success of what takes place on our campus. Many times, those is crisis have been isolated from community, and having an advocate come along side them for this process brings them back into community.What an encouragement it is for a person in the midst of a great burden to have a trusted friend or fellow sojourner come alongside and help bear the burden of their trial. Galatians 6:2 says, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”

  • Who should I ask to be an advocate?

    A concerned friend, family member, lay counselors or church leaders make great advocates. If you are struggling to decide who to ask, choose someone you trust, who is willing to walk through this process with you. To assist in this process, the advocate will be trained by observation, written materials, and time with an experienced counselor during their time at TS.

    They will learn to provide help, encouragement, and accountability using the shared experience and knowledge gained during their stay.Your pastor or church leaders might be able to help you think of options you might not have considered, if you are struggling to think of someone.