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Request to receive Peer Counseling

Peer Counseling at Desert Vineyard Church  is a ministry which provides individuals an opportunity to sit with a leader who is specifically trained to listen and pray with you. If you find yourself in a difficult season or situation, we want to be a place of safety where you can share and grow, one-on-one, in a non-clinical environment. This is a free, short term service where we hope you can receive further healing and grow a deeper connection with Jesus.

You can expect the following from your peer counselor:
  • Biblically based counsel
  • Holy Spirit lead supportive encouragement
  • Compassionate care
 
Your Peer Counselor will not provide the following:
  • Professional counseling
  • Psychotherapy
  • A diagnosis of a mental or emotional disorder
 
If the pastoral team deems peer counseling is appropriate for you at this time, please commit to the following:
  • Keep your scheduled peer counseling appointments and give your peer counselor sufficient notice of a cancelation (24 hours).
  • Follow through with assigned homework and/or readings assigned by your peer counselor.
  • Remain open to what God is speaking to you in this process.

Please know that we respect your privacy and confidentiality. However, if the peer counselor becomes aware of any of the following situations, further steps will be taken*:
  • If a counselee discloses the intention to take harmful, dangerous, or criminal action against another human being or against him or herself, the peer counselor is required to inform all appropriate parties (emergency services, enforcement officials, child protective services, the church, family of counselee, etc.)
  • Suspected acts of child abuse or neglect on the behalf of the counselee will be reported to the proper authorities.
  • All peer counselors reserve the right to discuss matters disclosed by counselees for the purpose of receiving supervision, counsel and oversight. Those matters will be discussed with the Care staff.

*Peer counselors will report any of the following to the Pastoral Care team. The Care Pastor or the Counselor Director will be the mandated reporter, as noted in the Consent and Release Form.

If you would like to apply to receive peer counseling, please fill out--in its entirety--this form. Upon receiving and reviewing your application, the Counseling Director will contact you for an intake appointment at the Desert Vineyard Office. The time from receiving your application to the intake interview to your placement with a peer counselor can take between 3-4 weeks.