FAQ: Spiritual Direction Agreement
THE NATURE OF SPIRITUAL DIRECTION:
Spiritual Direction is a process that focuses on your development in the relationship you have with God. The director helps you to notice and respond to the presence, movement, and invitation of God in your life and prayer. It might include helping learn to expand your prayers; listening for or noticing God in your life; discernment and decision-making; becoming aware of images of God�s influence; and bringing wounds, or life patterns to God for healing. Nothing replaces the role of a minister, or of worship centers (such as church) in your life. Spiritual Direction is intended to be used in connection with your other faith practices. So too, Spiritual Direction is not therapy, and does not replace the role of a therapist.
All information you share with me will be kept confidential and written notes of our talks will not be kept. The exception to confidentiality is of known or suspected exceptions of neglect or harm to self or others: including minors, elders or the handicapped. I am a mandated reporter of such harm or neglect. Otherwise, I will need your written permission to be able to speak with any other people.
A typical frequency for meeting is once a month for one hour. If you are unable to keep your appointment, please call at least 24 hours in advance and ask to be rescheduled. You are responsible for paying the fee for your appointment if you do not call and cancel 24 hours in advance, with exceptions being made for sudden illness and situations over which you have no control.
It is recommended to set aside time for God each day. This is a regular practice to focus on, and may include prayer, meditation, readings and learning, and relationships with others in worship. Keeping a written journal is a good way to record what occurs.
You may contact me during the day or evening. I usually return calls in the afternoon by the end of the next business day. Again, please note that Spiritual Direction is not a substitute for therapy or emergency care. Should you require it, call your local hospital emergency room, police, physician, or therapist for services of this nature.