Spiritual directors are ethically bound to confidentiality.
This ensures that you (the directee) feel safe and are able to share your deepest feelings and most important life experiences. There are, however, some important exceptions to keep in mind.
- As spiritual director, a vowed Sister in a religious community, and a trained peer support specialist, I am required by law to report any and all suspected child abuse, dependent adult or elder abuse. Under state law, I must notify the appropriate authorities immediately if and when I suspect a minor, dependent or elder is being abused.
- If a directee is threatening serious bodily harm to another person or persons, I must notify the police and the intended victim.
- If a directee is feeling suicidal, experiencing suicidal ideation, or actively making plans to die by suicide I will make every effort to get that directee to safety which can include (but not limited to) calling 988 or other crisis lines.
Additionally, my code of ethics as a spiritual director requires that I work periodically with an experienced spiritual direction supervisor individually, or in a group supervision format meant to help me become a better spiritual director. In supervision, no names or specific identifying characteristics are shared.
Some general content from a session may be shared so that I may learn more about myself and grow as a spiritual director. The content in the case studies I present to my Supervisor is kept in the loop of confidentiality.
I currently receive group supervision in the manner of Friends (Quakers).
Directees, however, are not bound by any code of confidentiality. They are free to share anything from our sessions with another person.
If you have questions email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.