The Well of Sychar

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About The Well Of Sychar

The Well of Sychar was founded in December 2009 with the express purpose of providing free advocacy and biblically based, psychologically sound counseling services to women and children who have been effected by domestic abuse/violence. We are still in the development phase and at this point in time do not have a physical facility. We are in the process of contacting pastors, ministry leaders, and church governing bodies in order to inform them of our ministry and goals. We are making every effort to raise the necessary funds through individual contributions and well as from churches and church governing bodies. We have, and continue, to also seek grants from various foundations.

Our first goal is the establishment of a counseling center for women and children who have been affected by domestic abuse or sexual assault. At the counseling center we would be providing advocacy services to help the women and children navigate the labyrinth of social services and obtain the help and support that is available but not always easily accessible. We will also provide both adult and child counseling. Traumatized by events, it is often necessary to have the help of a counselor to sort through the emotions and pain in order to build the strength and courage to move forward.  Sometimes all they need is someone to explain what is available to them, to listen to their story, and give them hope for a future without domestic abuse.

Too often these precious women and children have believed the lie that they are to blame for the circumstances, that they deserve what they get, and that there is no other way to live. Christ did not live the life we were meant to live and die the death we should have died so that these women and children would continue to live in fear,darkness, and pain. Jesus came to set the captives free to live the life abundant - full of joy, peace, and growth in both spiritual and emotional maturity.


All of the programs of The Well of Sychar will be grounded in biblical truth as well as research backed psychological protocols. All of our clinical staff will have at least a Master's level education in counseling psychology or its equivalent and be, at minimum, Registered Mental Health Interns working toward licensure. Each advocate and counselor will themselves be well grounded in Scripture, active church members in good standing, and in agreement with our Statement of Faith (see below). While all of our staff and volunteers will be members of the Christian faith community, it is not required that recipients of our services be or become believers of our faith. It is our desire and hope to offer all the love of Christ and a taste of the Living Water He offered the Samaritan woman at the well of Sychar (see John 4).
 
Our vision is not limited to a single counseling center. We do foresee having 'out-posts' in different communities within the tri-county area of Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach Counties. In the meantime, it is hoped we will be able to provide support and study group services at different churches to bring healing to many.

It is hoped that in the not too far off future we will also be able to provide more extensive advocacy and counseling services along with expanded therapy groups for both adults and women in a more accommodating facility. An emergency shelter, which would function as a stop-gap measure to allow for a more extensive evaluation of a particular situation, is also envisioned to be included at this larger facility.  

We do foresee further development in the following years. Included in that potential development is short term shelter (up to 3 months) for the women and their children who are able to support themselves but need a safe place to regroup and heal before taking on the full responsibility of self-support. Eventually a 2 year residential program for women and their children needing extensive services such as career counseling, education, and/or job training before being able to successfully sustain themselves economically in an abuse free, godly manner.

Below are Our Commitment to Care, Our Statement of Faith, and Statement of Principles documents.

Our Commitment of Care

1. Clients are served without regard to age, race, income, nationality, religious affiliation, disability, marital status, or other arbitrary circumstances.

2. Clients are treated with kindness, compassion, and in a caring manner.

3. Clients always receive honest and open answers.

4. Client information is held in strict and absolute confidence. Client information is only disclosed as required by law and/or when necessary to protect the client or others against imminent harm. Limits of confidentiality are explained in detail to the client before services are rendered.

5. Clients receive clear and accurate information regarding the affects and ramifications of domestic abuse/violence. Clients will also receive information and insight into behaviors that contribute to the maintenance of the abuse cycle.

6. All of our advertising and communications are truthful and honest and accurately describe the services we offer.

7. We do not counsel for or against divorce. When safety of the client and/or her children is at issue, separation may be advised based on the level of lethality currently or potentially present in the situation.

8. All of our staff and volunteers receive proper training to uphold these standards.


Our Statement of Faith 
We provide our statement of faith as disclosure while at the same time requiring no one to accept our beliefs in order to receive services.

1. We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible authoritative Word of God.

2. We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

3. We believe in the diety of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.

4. We believe that for the salvation of the lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential, and that this salvation is received through faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and not as a result of good works.

5. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life and to preform good works.

6. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto resurrection of damnation.

7. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.


Adapted from the National Association of Evangelicals’ statement of faith

Our Statement of Principles

1.      The Well of Sychar is an outreach ministry of Jesus Christ through His church. Therefore, The Well of Sychar, embodied in its staff and volunteers, is committed to presenting the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, both in word and deed, to women and their children in domestic abuse situations. Commensurate with this purpose, those who labor as board members, directors, clinicians, staff, and volunteers are expected to know Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord.

 

2.      The Well of Sychar is committed to adopting and enforcing internal procedures to assure that all education, counseling, and assistance is performed in a caring and compassionate manner with due respect for the emotional sensibilities of each client. All materials will be reviewed by qualified clinical personnel to ensure its clinical accuracy, situational appropriateness, and biblical rectitude.

 

3.      The Well of Sychar is committed to the Body of Christ becoming aware of cases of domestic abuse within the Body itself. The Well of Sychar is further committed to the eradication of domestic abuse within the Body through education and counseling. If requested we would assist any congregation in biblical discipline within their own Body.   

 

4.      The Well of Sychar does not discriminate in providing services because of race, creed, color, national origin, age, marital status or other arbitrary circumstances.

 

5.      The Well of Sychar is committed to providing its clients with accurate and complete information about the short and long term affects of domestic abuse on the individual and the intergenerational transmission of abusive attitudes and behaviors.

 

6.      The Well of Sychar is committed to assisting its clients in overcoming the aforementioned affects of domestic abuse, and to break the cycle of abuse in the present and future generations. The Well of Sychar seeks to assist its clients in growing to spiritual and emotional health and maturity by facing and dealing with, not only the abuse received, but also the unhealthy styles of relating that have developed as a result of abuse.

 

7.      The Well of Sychar is committed to integrity in dealing with clients, earning their trust, and providing promised information and services. The Well of Sychar denounces any form of deception in its corporate advertising or individual conversations with individuals.

 

8.     The Well of Sychar is committed to assisting women establish a safe and healthy lifestyle for themselves and their children through supportive and educational biblically based counseling. Counseling is based on God’s plan for the family including, but not limited to, marital fidelity, sexual purity, mutual respect and love, protection, and provision.

 

9.      The Well of Sychar is committed to the biblical representation of marriage and the family. While The Well of Sychar will not turn away any woman seeking counseling regarding domestic abuse, The Well of Sychar will not support, promote, or commend any sexual relationship outside of the biblical model of marriage (husband and wife).

 

10.  The Well of Sychar does not recommend, provide, or refer married women for divorce. Where safety is an issue, separation may be advised conditioned on the lethality of the situation and the potential for increased lethality should she seek to leave. Women seeking divorce will be urged to seek counsel from their pastor. Women choosing divorce will not be turned away from The Well of Sychar.

 

11.  The Well of Sychar is committed to creating awareness within the local community of the dynamics of domestic abuse and needs of abused women and their children. The Well of Sychar is committed to correcting mistaken assumptions concerning domestic violence and abuse.

 

12.  The Well of Sychar is committed to Christian ethical practices. As such, the clinical staff will adhere to the ethical principles set forth in the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) Code of Ethics. Clinical staff will be recommended to join the AACC. All clinical staff will maintain current professional liability (malpractice) insurance.

The Well of Sychar is committed to the excellence of clinical practice and education. All clinical staff will be, at a minimum, at the Master's level of counseling or clinical psychology and progressing toward licensure. Once obtained, all clinical staff will maintain  licensure as prescribed by the State of Florida, obtaining at least the minimum requirement of Continuning Education Credits.  

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