This type of spiritual counseling requires a private and confidential relationship in which the client can feel safe to talk about his/her experiences and concerns. Therefore, all contact with members of this ministry is strictly confidential, and any information that a client shares with our spiritual counselors is treated as 100% confidential. That being said, if a female client has a male counselor, a third-party female will always be present. There are no files or notes kept on clients. We will not answer questions of any kind about a client’s case from anyone outside of this ministry, even to deny or confirm that a client has contacted us or had any prayer sessions with us, without that client’s written and express permission. Again, this is to ensure that any spiritually afflicted client feels secure in knowing that his/her shared information is kept 100% private. There are, however, three exceptions to confidentiality that Federal and State law requires us to accept.
3 Exceptions Required by Federal & State law
1.) We are required that when a client poses a clear and present danger of harm to him/herself or to others, that all parties must be informed.
2) In accordance with the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) (Jan. 1996 version), 42 U.S.C. 5101, et seq. and applicable state laws, we are required to immediately report to the proper authorities when we have reasonable cause to suspect that a child (a person under 18 years of age) has been subjected to abuse, sexual abuse, or neglect.
3) Finally, in accordance with law, our spiritual counselor-client relationship with you unfortunately does not have the status of privileged communication in law. Thus, clients can have their confidential communications disclosed in court-of-law without their permission. Should an attempt be made to subpoena counseling records, we will consult our legal counsel before taking any action and make all reasonable legal efforts within our ability to resist such subpoena. The client will be notified in advance, if possible, of any compliance with a court order.
This ministry does not provide professional counseling, medical, psychiatric, psychological, or social work services. We are a group of Lay Counselors performing a spiritual counseling and prayer ministry based upon Christian principles derived from Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition, and the experience and teachings of the Saints.
There are many times when deliverance prayers lead to professional counseling for the afflicted, and that counseling is, in fact, God’s answer to our prayers. We must be ready and willing to go where God leads us in this process.