New Program Begins for NC Conference Clergy Counseling
The Conference Commission on Clergy Counseling and Consultation has endorsed CareNet to provide services for clergy and local church consultation, beginning in January 2010. CareNet, associated with Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, has nine centers and affiliates within the Conference. There are more than 35 certified counselors and psychotherapists on the CareNet staff, including some clergy and pastoral counselors.
The CareNet clinical staff is trained to provide faith-integrated counseling for a variety of emotional, spiritual, and family needs. In addition to addressing clinical needs, CareNet’s Professional Services division offers workshops, retreats, and training for clergy and congregations. CareNet counselors also are available for telephone consultations to help pastors determine how to intervene in family life situations within their communities. CareNet complies with HIPAA standards for patient privacy.
The NCC Board of Ordained Ministry provides funds of up to $400 per family per year to assist clergy and their families who seek counseling in covering out-of-pocket expenses. Therapists submit applications for this funding on behalf of their patients; the identities of pastors being seen by a professional therapist are never revealed to district or conference staff.
(Adapted from articles in the NCCC Advocate, January 2010 issue)
John James, M.A.
Clergy Health Initiative