Presentation on theme: "LAY PASTORAL MINISTRY-3 A Webinar Series with Rev. Peg Morgan & Rev. Lois E Van Leer."— Presentation transcript:
LAY PASTORAL MINISTRY-3 A Webinar Series with Rev. Peg Morgan & Rev. Lois E Van Leer
Introductions Rev. Lois E Van Leer Woodinville UU Church Woodinville, WA Rev. Peg Morgan Westside UU Congregation Seattle, WA
This a ministry of pastoral presence NOT Pastoral Counseling
Serves: short term need of high intensity or people who have a longer term need of low intensity
Explain your role to care receiver
Ethics and Boundaries
Ethics in pastoral care is all about what is best for the care receiver.
Speaking of ethics raises our consciousness about issues, values and commitments Essential to recognize the common worth and dignity of all Ethics violations damage the whole congregation A care receiver is vulnerable Dual Relationships
Secrecy, Privacy, Confidentiality
Secrecy is the practice of hiding information
Privacy is the right "to be let alone…”
Privacy “Each person has a sphere of existence and activity that properly belongs to that individual alone, where they should be free of constraint, coercion, and even uninvited observation.”
Confidentiality means that information shared within a relationship will not be shared outside that relationship.
Confidentiality refers to information that is spoken by us or about us including electronic or written communications.
The information belongs to the care recipient.
Confidentiality is about upholding the wellbeing of the people in the community.
We do not keep secrets
We respect person’s privacy
We do not keep secrets We respect person’s privacy We keep confidentiality
Exceptions to Confidentiality
Confidentiality does not apply when disclosure is necessary to prevent serious, foreseeable, and imminent harm to a client or other identifiable person.
Court order Written permission from care receiver Consultation for lay pastoral associate with team Abuse Reporting Potential physical harm to care receiver or another
Threatening to hurt of kill himself or herself Looking for ways to kill himself or herself: seeking access to pills, weapons, or other means Talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide Hopelessness Warning Signs
Rage, anger, seeking revenge Feeling trapped, like there’s no way out Increasing alcohol or drug use Withdrawing from friends, family or society Deep depression A recently experienced loss
Anxiety, agitation, unable to sleep or sleeping all the time No reason for living, no sense of purpose in life. Making final arrangements and giving away special possessions Sudden loss of interest in something that was once quite important
What to do if you suspect someone is suicidal: Ask directly about suicidal thoughts. Don’t avoid using the word “suicide.” Ask the question without expressing a negative judgment.
Determining Seriousness of Intent Does the person have the means to die by suicide? Has preparation been made? Is the method highly lethal? Is the plan a near term plan? Is intervention possible? Has the person made a suicide attempt in the past?
When to Speak…
Is it true?
Is it kind?
Is it true? Is it kind? Is it the right time?
Is it true? Is it kind? Is it the right time? Is it important?
Minimal Locked Available to care receiver
Preventing Ethics Violations
Clear job description Adequate available supervision Screening procedures Formal ritual Referral list of resources
Needs are far beyond what a congregation can meet Take up an inordinate amount of time and energy Boundaries, Boundaries, Boundaries Refer, Refer, Refer Hold the line
Boundaries: personal and programmatic Frame time prior to and after time with someone Have another LPA or minister to debrief with Strong spiritual practice Know when to say “no” Know thyself and thy triggers
Legal Issues: Washington
Children’s Protective Service Law : RCW Court Orders : Nursing Home Protection of Dependent Adults : RCW and