Privacy Policy & Terms of Use

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The Lay Counselor Institute (LCI) maintains this website as a service to its friends and guests. The Privacy Policy and Terms of Use set forth below govern your use of this website, and by using the website you agree to be bound by them. Therefore, please read the Privacy Policy and Terms of Use carefully before you use this website. If you do not agree with our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use, please do not use this website. Please be advised that the practices described in this Privacy Policy apply only to information gathered through this website only.

Privacy Policy

We are strongly committed to protecting the privacy of your personal information. LCI adheres to the highest standards of ethical practices in all of our operations and is dedicated to protecting the privacy of all visitors to our website.

Log Files

Like most websites, this website logs your IP address, browser type, hits on particular pages, and other general traffic information. This information is not linked to personally identifiable information and you remain anonymous.

Use of Personal Information

We collect and store personal information from you that you enter onto the website. For instance, we take your e-mail address when you sign up for a newsletter and we take information for online giving. If you give us personal information, we will not share that information with any third party, except to the extent necessary to complete transactions or if we believe that it is appropriate to share such information in order to comply with the law; to enforce or apply the Privacy Policy or Terms of Use; or to protect the rights, property or safety of the website, any user of the site, LCI, or any of its directors, officers, employees, agents or affiliated organizations.

Cookies

We never use or install spyware on your computer, nor do we use spyware to retrieve information from your computer. Like many websites, however, we use “cookies”, which are files stored on your computer’s hard drive by your browser. A “cookie” is a file that is sent from a web server to your web browser and placed on your computer. When you initially visit the website we create a cookie for your computer and then use it to track your clicks as you go through the site. There is no personal information stored within the cookie itself and we cannot use cookies to retrieve personal information about you or from your computer. While your activity may be tracked while you are at our website, we do not use cookies to track your activity before or after you leave the site.

Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)

While our website is not subject to COPPA, we love children and understand that it is very important to maintain their privacy. Therefore, our policy is that we will not knowingly collect, use or distribute to third parties any personally identifiable information from any child under 13 years old without verifiable parental consent and not knowingly allow any child under 13 years old to publicly post or distribute personally identifiable information without verifiable parental consent.

Security

We exercise great care in providing secure transmission of your information from your PC to our servers. Personal information collected by our website is stored in secure operating environments that are not available to the public. For financial transactions, such as registration payments or donations online which require credit card numbers your personal information is provided to Paypal which uses the highest possible encryption standards before you conduct your transaction through them. We also always provide the option to conduct any and all financial transactions via check or cash. While we try our best to safeguard your personal information once we receive it, no transmission of data over the Internet or any other public network can be guaranteed to be 100% secure.

Links To or From Another Website

This website may contain links to other web sites operated by third parties. Please be advised that the practices described in this Privacy Policy do not apply to information gathered through these other websites. These other sites may also send their own cookies to you, collect your data or solicit your personal information. Always be aware of where you end up. We are not responsible for the actions and privacy policies of third parties and other websites. We encourage you to be aware of when you leave this website and to read the privacy policies of each and every website that you visit.

Changes to This Policy

As our website continues to develop, we may add new services and features to our website. In the event that these additions affect our Privacy Policy, this document will be updated appropriately. We will post those changes prominently so that you will always know what information we gather, how we might use that information and whether we will disclose it to anyone. We do, however, recommend that you read this Privacy Policy each time you use our website in case you missed our notice of changes to the Privacy Policy.

Opt-Out and Correction Procedures

You may always opt-out of receiving future e-mail messages and newsletters. We provide you with the opportunity to opt-out of receiving communications from us at the point where we request information about you. You also will have an opportunity to change these selections by following the “unsubscribe” instructions contained in the promotional e-mails we send you. We also permit you to correct or update personal information that you have previously provided to us via our Contact form.

More Questions?

Questions regarding this statement should be sent to us via our Contact form.

Terms of Use

LCI reserves all of its rights under and does not grant any express or implied rights to you or any other user of the website under any trademark, copyright, trade secret, or other intellectual property law. This website and all of the text, graphics, pictures, audio messages, video materials, downloadable materials, and all other materials and content on the website are copyrighted by and are the property of LCI. You may not use them in any manner without the express written consent of LCI.

Accuracy of Information

We attempt to ensure that information on this website is complete, accurate and current. Despite our efforts, the information on this website may occasionally be inaccurate, incomplete, or out of date. We make no representation as to the completeness, accuracy or currency of any information on this website.

Disclaimer of Warranties

ALL MATERIALS AND OTHER CONTENT OF THIS WEB SITE OR ACCESSIBLE FROM THIS WEB SITE ARE PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” BASIS AND LCI EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR USE, TITLE, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT.

Limitation of Liability

BY USING THIS WEB SITE YOU AGREE THAT LCI AND EACH OF ITS DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, OTHER AGENTS AND AFFILIATED ORGANIZATIONS SHALL NOT BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR DAMAGE OF ANY KIND ARISING FROM OR RELATED TO THE USE OF THIS WEBSITE OR ANY WEBSITE FOR WHICH A LINK IS PROVIDED ON THIS SITE.

Applicable Law

Use of this website and any claim or dispute arising from or related to use of this web site is governed by the laws of the State of Virginia, without regard to any rule or principle regarding conflicts of laws. The exclusive jurisdiction and venue of any such claim or dispute shall be in the state and federal courts for Fairfax County, Virginia.

Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding our Privacy Policy or Terms of Use, you may contact us via our Contact form, or contact us at:

The Lay Counselor Institute
11260 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 501
Reston, VA 22190

Access and Interference

You agree that you will not use any robot, spider, scraper or other automated means to access the website for any purpose without our express written permission. Additionally, you agree that you will not: (i) take any action that imposes, or may impose in our sole discretion an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on our infrastructure; (ii) interfere or attempt to interfere with the proper working of the site or any activities conducted on the website; or (iii) bypass any measures we may use to prevent or restrict access to the website.

Force Majeure

Neither LCI nor you shall be responsible for damages or for delays or failures in performance resulting from acts or occurrences beyond their reasonable control, including, without limitation: fire, lightning, explosion, power surge or failure, water, acts of God, war, revolution, civil commotion, or acts of civil or military authorities or public enemies; any law, order, regulation, ordinance, or requirement of any government or legal body, or any representative of any such government or legal body; labor unrest, including without limitation, strikes, slowdowns, picketing, or boycotts; or inability to secure raw materials, transportation facilities, fuel or energy shortages, or acts or omissions of other common carriers. WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO MODIFY OR AMEND THE TERMS OF OUR TERMS OF SERVICE FROM TIME TO TIME WITHOUT NOTICE. YOUR CONTINUED USE OF OUR WEBSITE FOLLOWING THE POSTING OF CHANGES TO THESE TERMS WILL MEAN YOU ACCEPT THOSE CHANGES.

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McLean, VA

"Lay counseling at McLean Presbyterian began as a grass roots effort by several members of the church family. We sent a survey around to the church members and learned that our church was not doing well in attending to the brokenness both of our members and the larger community. As a result, a group was formed to figure out how we could better care for others. We found that the LCI model was the best fit for us. Since we began our Lay Counseling ministry several years ago, the lay counselors have been one piece of the pie in how God is moving MPC to be a care station for the hurt and broken.

We have seen lay counseling begin to change the culture of our church and it began by changing us. We have a better understanding of our own brokenness and the grace God has given each of us. We are able to live more authentically ourselves and in doing, so encourage others to live the same. We have seen God transform and redeem so many lives and situations in sometimes totally unexpected ways. LCI was, and continues to be, a driving force in this change process."

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