Please check the Diocese of Austin website for upcoming workshops.
You must sign-up for a workshop on the Diocese of Austin website.
"As volunteers, paid staff, religious and clergy who serve the Catholic Diocese of Austin, we share in the ministry of Jesus Christ, a great privilege and an awesome responsibility. Our diocesan policies on Ethics and Integrity in Ministry, are rooted in the Catholic understanding that each individual must be respected and honored. Jesus had a deep, abiding respect for each human being and would not harm or mislead anyone in their personal or spiritual life. We must attempt to do likewise."
Our diocesan E.I.M. policies and training focus primarily on the prevention of sexual abuse as is required by the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. However, from the beginning we realized that our policies must address more than the abuse of minors. As ministers in the Diocese of Austin we are called to demonstrate this by “doing our ministry” ethically and as people of integrity. Thus, our policies also address other behaviors that do not affirm our commitment that all who minister in the diocese do so with respect for all whom they serve. Such behaviors would include harassment, immoral conduct and breaches of confidentiality, to name a few."
There are two steps required to become E.I.M. compliant:
Complete an E.I.M. Application for Ministry and Background Check.
Attend a 3 hour E.I.M. Basic Workshop (E.I.M. Workshop Information).
The E.I.M. Application for Ministry is only submitted once. Submitting an application permits the diocese to run a confidential background check on each applicant and creates a field to record your workshop attendance.
The background check is automatically rerun every 3 years from the date of your application submission and does not require any additional action on your part.
The E.I.M. Basic Workshop teaches participants about boundaries, warning signs, appropriate interactions in our work with minors and vulnerable adults, how to respond to incidents and reviews diocesan EIM policies.
All parish employees and volunteers are required to attend either a Basic or Refresher Workshop every 3 years.
For more information on filling out an Application for Ministry and attending a Basic or Refresher Workshop go to the Diocese of Austin: Ethics and Integrity in Ministry Office Page.