NCC Clergy Counseling and Consultation Services
New Program Begins for NC Conference Clergy Counseling
The Conference Commission on Clergy Consulting and Consultation has endorsed CareNet to provide services for clergy and local church consultation, beginning in January 2010. CareNet, associated with Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, has centers and affiliates within the Conference in: Fayetteville, Greenville. Lumberton, Wilmington, Erwin, Pembroke, Rocky Mount, Supply, and Wallace. There are more than 35 certified counselors and psychotherapists on the CareNet staff. A sister organization, The Center for Congregational Health, specializes in the health of congregations. Following are articles from the chair of clergy consulting and consultation, and the head of CareNet explaining the selection process and more about the service. For more information, visit Carenet.
CareNet Selected for Consultation and Educational Services
by Dr. Regina Schaaf Dickens is the chair of Conference Commission on Clergy Counseling and Consultation
The Conference Commission on Clergy Counseling and Consultation has been meeting regularly since annual conference to determine how best to integrate services and supports for our Clergy and families into an overall wellness and leadership development approach. We reviewed a number of existing and future programs and welcome ongoing collaboration with other initiatives in the future. We did not find an immediate fit for the services unique to the CCCS. Therefore we went outside the Conference to determine how best to continue the work that has been established in the past. We are blessed to have found CareNet, a ministry partnership with Wake Forest University Baptist Hospital Medical Center’s Division of Pastoral Counseling. This group has worked with pastors and churches within the North Carolina Conference in the past, and has United Methodist clergy on staff. CareNet provides informational meetings at the district and local church level to acquaint potential clients with their therapeutic services. They also provide a wide variety of educational offerings to enhance family and marital life, congregational health, and leadership training for the local church. They are available for telephone consultation with all pastors in the Conference to help determine how best to intervene in family life situations which arise within the community.The CCCC looks forward to continued expansion of the work with CareNet as we explore additional opportunities to enhance the consultation/ educational services within the context of developing healthy clergy and healthy congregations. Jane Clark Moorman, who has served as director of the Clergy Counseling and Consultation Service, continues to be available to clergy and their families for counseling, psychotherapy, and mental health consultation through her private practice in Durham. She will negotiate fees with each individual person who seeks her services in accord with need. She can be reached at 919-402-4200.
“Called to Serve, Trained to Help.”
* by Steven Scoggin is president of CareNet of North Carolina
“Called to serve, trained to help.” These six words convey in the simplest form the mission of CareNet of North Carolina—a 21-location network of faith-based counseling centers placed across the state to serve the mental health and wellness needs of our co-workers, neighbors, and families. CareNet is privileged to be partnering with the NC Conference of The United Methodist Church to provide high quality faith-integrated counseling to its clergy members and health and wellness services to its congregations. The CareNet clinical staff is trained to provide spiritually-sensitive, non-judgmental counseling for a variety of emotional and spiritual needs— anger, anxiety, depression, abuse (including sexual, physical, and substance), crisis, trauma, and grief. Services are also offered for the many types of family issues prevalent today such as marital problems, separation, divorce, step/blended families, and school-related problems. In addition to treating traditional mental health needs, CareNet’s Professional Services division is focused on wellness through prevention and growth and is available to lead lectures, workshops, retreats and on-going training including clergy support, coaching, stress management, relaxation, communication skills, addiction education, leadership development, parenting, and couples enrichment. Confidentiality is of the utmost importance in all of the CareNet centers. Providers understand the isolation as well as the public position that clergy members must live in and realize the need for a confidential setting allowing an open, healthy relationship between the client and therapist. CareNet complies with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability (HIPPA) standards. CareNet clinicians are all licensed with the state of North Carolina and include mental health professionals, psychotherapists, and psychologists. Those seeking counseling can contact the director of the center located nearest to them for assistance finding a therapist. CareNet appreciates the opportunity to work with the NC Conference. A strong commitment to clergy and congregational wellness through CareNet and, its sister organization, The Center for Congregational Health, provides resource to strengthen the mission of conference churches.
The NCC Board of Ordained Ministry Clergy Care sub-committee provides funds to assist clergy
families seeking counseling for any, or all, members of the immediate family. The fund provides up to $400 per family per year to aid in “out of pocket” expenses. This fund is completely confidential – all persons seeking counseling are identified ONLY by case number – no member of any district staff or conference staff is aware of who is being seen by a professional therapist. Applications for assistance are handled by the therapist. Clergy families are to utilize their insurance benefit first and have the therapist submit the application after the insurance coverage allowance has been determined. Forms are online at www.nccumc.org. Under the Offices tab, select Ministerial Relations. The Clergy Care Form is available from the Downloads section. The therapist can also request forms by contacting the Office of Ministerial Relations at 800-849-4433, ext. 244 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. All applications are mailed to the Office of Ministerial Relations, attention Linda Bourey, for processing. The Board encourages all clergy families to be comfortable seeking counseling without concern about confidentiality and to know that there is no stigma attached in doing so. Seeking counseling is another opportunity to be healthy in self and in ministry.