Simply stated, the most fundamental purpose and inherent part of our mission is to (a) restore and promote spiritual wellness and wellbeing, (b) assure that spiritual based services are offered professionally and ethically for protection and benefit of clients, (c) protect and advance the rights of spiritual providers who wish to offer these services, and (d) assure access to such services for all those seeking them. Click here to see the PMA Constitution
There are essentially three ways to offer health and counseling related services. Those are with a state license that provides a legal basis for practice; under very vague health freedom provisions that offer very little if any legal basis for practice; and, under exempt status that offers a legal basis for practice that is constitutionally protected and state approved.
PMA license sets practitioners apart from non-regulated health freedom based practitioners such as health coaches and similiar, by providing membership in a professional association, promotion of licensees, credibility, and, a constitutionally protected and state approved path to offer ecclesiastical based physical, mental and spiritual wellness services.
PMA has been licensing pastoral providers for almost two decades and is the world leader in pastoral based health and wellness ministry.
Applicants must pass a comprehensive background review; have no felony convictions or charges involving moral turptitude; must be over 21 years of age; must meet specific educational requirements; must have a defined spiritual orientation which includes an established doctrinal code of conduct; and, must be approved as a suitable candidate for ecclesiastical license.
PMA reserves the right to deny license to any applicant.
PMA license permits the licensee to offer ecclesiastical wellness services intead of, or in addition to state licensed services, but does not extend any state licensed scope of practice.
State licensed services have a specific scope of practice and are "secular" based services that limit or prohibit ecclesiastical belief or services to be included.
PMA licensed services are ecclesiastical based services that are based on a licensees doctrinal guide and that meet specific rules of PMA license.
These are two separate services and every individual has a constitutional right to offer either or both. Neither a state or eccesiastical entity can interfere with an individuals right to work, or to choose an occupation or several, or a religious belief.
PMA licensees are provided with unlimited support and a step by step guide to assist them in properly establishing their practice; choose the right services, products and equipment; meet compliance standards and more. This is a broad subject that requires understanding of ecclesiastical services and more.
Ecclesiastical rights are the same in all U.S territories. The states set forth criteria by which they will recognize a practitioner as ecclesiastical, and this criteria varies from state to state.
More insight on this topic is available to applicants as they proceed through the PMA license process, and by viewing "Ecclesiastical Practice ".
No. Neither the PMA or PMA license has ever been challenged anywhere in the world. Practitioners licensed by the PMA have been challenged when they fail to follow the rules of license and encroach on state regulated activities. This is no different than state licensed providers treading on each others scope of practice, it is a common occurence that is certainly not isolated to PMA licensees.
Importantly, no PMA licensee operating within the confines of PMA license regulations, has ever lost the right to offer services under PMA license in the U.S. or anywhere in the world!
Validity of PMA license has never been a question.
In any health or counseling related practice, it is always a good idea to have legal counsel to oversee the setup and operation of practice, and to be ready to defend any challenge to the practice.
PMA's national counsel is the National Center for Life & Liberty (NCLL), and in addition to protecting the rights of the PMA and it's license, the NCLL attorney network stands ready to assist PMA licensees.