The purpose of this paper is to increase the recognition of lay counseling as a basis of mental health prevention and to present a summary of the state of knowledge about it. Lay counseling is cast as one of several components of mental health prevention and treatment, a definition is offered which distinguishes it from paraprofessional and selp-help services, knowledge about it both direct and tangential is summarized, and future research and policy implications are discussed.
Seaberg, James R.
"Lay Counseling: The Basis of Prevention in Mental Health,"
The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare: Vol. 6
, Article 7.
Available at: http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/jssw/vol6/iss4/7