Informed Consent

What is informed consent?

Informed Consent refers to important information that you are provided in accordance with ethical and in some cases, legally required situations. The goal of informed consent is to provide you with a complete picture of the goals, boundries, and definitions of service provided to you. Depending on the type of services Journey Ministries or related entities/individuals provides to you, you may need to review different sections of this form.

Pastoral Counseling

Agreement

In order to be fully informed about the pastoral counseling you will be receiving, please read through this following agreement, you'll be asked to sign and date this form when scheduling a session. This form must be signed and the intake form must be completed and returned to the church office before the first session.

Description of Pastoral Counseling

The goal of pastoral counseling is to help an individual think biblically about their current struggles in the context of a confidential, caring environment. A pastoral counselor relies on Scripture as the sole authority for faith and conduct and recognizes that lasting change is the result of the power of God, the grace of Christ and the indwelling ministry of the Holy Spirit.

Guided by biblical principals, the Pastor's role is to utilize guided questioning, empathetic support, problem definition, reflection/reading assignments, encouragement, and prayer to provide wise, biblical and faithful counsel to those who are hurting and in need.

Pastoral counseling is provided within the context of the course of our responsbility to you to perform pastoral duties to our church community.

Referral Policy and Disclaimer

After reviewing the intake form, we will determine whether or not we feel we can provide you with the appropriate services and level of care needed. Care-seekers will be referred to other providers when treatment required is beyond the scope of care available here.

Rights as a Care-seeker

  1. You are entitled to information about any procedures, methods of counseling, techniques and possible duration of therapy.
  2. You have the right to end pastoral counseling at any time without any moral, legal or financial obligations other than those already accrued.
  3. You have the right to expect confidentiality within the limits described.
  4. You have the right to authorize your pastoral counselor to consult with another professional about your therapy in writing.

Unlicensed Counseling

The State of Texas does not license pastoral counselors, and pastoral counseling is not the same as licensed or professional counseling services (for example services provided by LMFT, LPC, Clinical Psychologists, or Psychatrists) that are regulated by the State. If at any time during the care relationship your pastor determines that a referral to a licensed provider is in your best interest, or the scope of service needed extends beyond the spiritual and religious guidance we are able to provide, we will help you find a provider to continue your work.

Mandatory Reporting

Texas Law requires anyone with knowledge of suspected child abuse or neglect to report it to appropriate authorities. This mandatory reporting applies to all individuals and is not limited to teachers or health care professionals. The law extends to and includes communications that would otherwise be privileged including members of clergy. In accordance with Section 261.101 of the Texas Family Code all pastors that suspect child abuse or neglect must report it immediately. In the event that a pastor has a reason to suspect abuse or neglect, it is our policy to report that suspsicon to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, as well as cooperate in good faith with investigators or law enforcement agencies in connection to that report.

More information about child welfare can be found here.

Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2016). Clergy as mandatory reporters of child abuse and neglect. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau.