MRT Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the general process of the MRT?
The first step in the process is the referral of the couple to the MRT team by a NW leader, who has already discussed this referral with the couple themselves. Subsequently, the second step in the process is that the Coordinator of the MRT will set up an interview for assessment and evaluation with the couple, which is crucial to the development of the recovery plan. The results of this assessment will be shared with the MRT, along with other information that is collected from others that have been involved with the couple and have been aware of their marital struggles and that might help in developing a viable recovery plan (i.e., small group leader, pastor, counselor, family member). The MRT will discuss this information, and conjointly develop a recovery plan, which will subsequently be offered to the couple by the Coordinator and/or the MRT itself. Following the couple’s feedback and acceptance of the plan, the MRT Coordinator will monitor the implementation of the plan by the couple by means of updates from the couple and any other persons that are taking part in its implementation (i.e., small group leader, pastor, counselor, family member, doctors, etc.) The MRT, via the Coordinator or an elder that is on the MRT will keep the elders of NW apprised of the couple’s progress on an as needed basis.
What is the level of confidentiality with the MRT?
Confidentiality is important to the MRT, and we will carefully guard the information entrusted to us. The couple will supply the MRT administrator with a Release of Information waiver in order to interview persons the couple feels knows them best and could offer a time-line and/or pertinent information concerning their care. Persons that may also be interviewed to provide insight on their care for the couple includes: a small group leader, pastor, counselor, or family member. There are situations, however, when it may be necessary for us to share certain information with others not expressly stated in our guidelines.
When there is reasonable suspicion of child or elderly abuse or neglect;
When there is reasonable suspicion of suicidal or homicidal or criminal intent and/or actions;
When a person persistently refuses to renounce a particular sin and it becomes necessary to seek the assistance of elders via church discipline to encourage repentance and reconciliation (see Proverbs 15:22; 24:11; Matthew 18:15-20).
If we believe that information needs to be shared with others, we will attempt to discuss this with the couple first, unless to do so would put someone at risk of harm.
What constitutes the level of marital conflict that would warrant an MRT referral?
The MRT seeks to tackle marital dysfunction when it reaches a level that the marriage is at risk. The MRT is more of a re-active approach to marital crisis. It is not a pro-active approach to marital discord.
How does a Small Group Leader refer a couple for the MRT?
There is a form called the “MRT Referral Form”. This form is to be completed by the Small Group Leader. It is imperative that this form is not completed without the knowledge of the couple you wish to refer. It is expected that you, the Small Group Leader, have attempted to care and pray for this couple already. It is also expected that you have shared with the couple the purpose of the MRT and shared your recommendation that they be referred for the MRT. The couple must be desirous for the care from the MRT. No successful restoration can occur without willing participation by both the husband and the wife.