Biblical Counseling Informed Consent
The following is a standard agreement for everyone seeking counsel at Providence Church including participation in a Redemption Group. It's important. Please take a minute to read before you sign.
The Elders, Pastors, Staff members, Deacons or other volunteers who provide biblical counsel desire to help people overcome spiritual or emotional concerns by applying biblical principals to areas of need. They are exempt from laws regulating professional counselors in the State of Texas under Section 503.056 of the Licensed Professional Counselor Act. In most cases, they are not professionally trained, registered, licensed, or certified by the State of Texas or a national certifying body. Should an elder or other person providing biblical counsel also happen to be a licensed counselor with the State of Texas, the biblical counseling provided at Providence Church is not being provided in their capacity as a licensed counselor. By signing below, you acknowledge that you will be receiving biblical counseling.
Biblical counseling provided at Providence Church is not a substitute for professional care by a psychologist, psychiatrist, medical doctor, or other health care provider. Therefore, it is your sole, exclusive responsibility to seek professional care and you agree it shall not be the responsibility of Providence Church to make such a referral.
Regarding confidentiality, the Biblical Counselor/Redemption Group Leader will attempt to preserve the confidentiality of matters discussed in counseling sessions. It is important that you understand that confidentiality does not apply in the following circumstances: 1) intent to harm self or someone else, 2) any report of physical or sexual abuse of a child or a vulnerable adult, 3) when there is contemplation of or commission of a harmful act, 4) when your pastor or counselor feels a need to discuss your case for consultation purposes with his/her supervisor, peers, professionals, or elders/pastors who may be a resource, or any other circumstances where the pastor/counselor deems it necessary to disclose the information.
I have thoroughly read and agree to the foregoing policies regarding receiving biblical counsel at Providence Church and The Redemption Group Network.
I have thoroughly read and agree to the foregoing policies regarding pastoral care provided at Providence Church. I hereby release and hold harmless Providence Church from any and all liability, claims, and/or expenses related to or arising from any pastoral care or counseling received (or not received).
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