Statement of Accountabilities
Trust is critical in important relationships, including the relationship between a Spiritual Director and a Directee. As someone who is meeting with me for the purposes of spiritual direction, it is important to me that you know that I am bound by not only my personal code of ethics, but by the requirements of external organizations as well. Here is a list of them. Feel free to click on the links to learn more.
Scope of Practice: I want to be clear that what I do is not counseling or therapy of any sort. Although I believe it is appropriate at times to discuss psychological and relational difficulties in the context of spiritual direction, I am not a psychotherapist, nor do I provide such services.
Code of Ethics: I am committed to Spiritual Directors International’s Guidelines for Ethical Conduct.
Professional Oversight: For many years, I have had my own Spiritual Director, with whom I meet monthly. In addition, I receive periodic supervision and meet with peers for my spiritual direction work. In these situations, I occasionally discuss anonymized "cases" with my supervisors or peers. When doing so, I do not disclose any details that would reveal the identity of the persons involved in the case. I am also associated with the Interfaith Counseling Center, which provides opportunities for peer support.
Ordained Ministers Code: As an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, I am bound to the UCC’s Ordained Ministers Code. I am also in covenantal relationships with:
The First Congregational Church of Palo Alto, (FCCPA), my home church
The Santa Clara Association of the Northern California Nevada Conference (to which FCCPA belongs)
The Northern California Nevada Conference (UCC)
Signed: Rev. Kevin Omi Date: August 30, 2023