Legionnaires Vocational Specialties
As a military Confraternity each Legionnaire holds a rank (see Ranks of Chivalry ) and is trained and assigned to a vocational specialty. There are thirteen Vocational Operational Classifications (VOC), plus an associate status for those not qualified, or do not wish to be Legionnaires. Level 15 is a special oversight committee. Below are the descriptions of those VOCs (vocational specialties).
All Vocational Specialties [VOCs] (levels of involvement) must complete Basic Training (Module 1 in the Legionnaires). This module prepares the Legionnaire to be a Prayer Warrior (Level 3). Levels 1 and 2 must also attend the Basic Training. Additional training modules are available to those who wish to advance in the enlisted ranks, and an Academy for those who wish to pursue non-commissioned officer (leadership) and Warrant Officer (technical) ranks.
After completion of Basic Training there may be Advanced Training specifically for each VOC (Levels 4-6), if a Legionnaire wishes to pursue those vocational specialties. Legionnaires desiring to work toward VOCs in Levels 7-14 must apply for admission to the St. Michael Academy for Spiritual Warfare and Deliverance Counseling (See the Training Brochure page for eligibility, expectations, financial requirements, and other information for Academy students, and a link to the application).
A Legionnaire need not advance in rank, or pursue any vocational specialty other than Prayer Warrior, if he does not believe God is calling him to do so. One should never attempt a VOC (speciality job) unless there are some indications (if not definitive answers) to God's will to pursue that speciality. It is enough to have a general idea of God's will to begin training in a particular VOC. It is during training for the selected VOC that the call from God will be better discerned, determined, and tested.
A Legionnaire is not locked into his initial VOC. The Legionnaire may hold more than one VOC or transfer to a different VOC, according to God's will as discerned by the Legionnaire and the command authority.
1. Associate: An Associate is a person who believes and is supportive of our mission but either is not otherwise qualified to be a Legionnaire, such as a non-Catholic Christian, or a person who otherwise cannot or wishes not to serve in another capacity. The Associate is limited to the Support Staff and Prayer Warrior specialities as auxiliary members. This is the only speciality classification available to non-Catholic Christians.
2. Support Staff: Support Staff are those Legionnaires who support our efforts as secretaries, clerks, researchers, BBS Moderators, computer or Internet technicians, programmers, records secretaries, and other such jobs to assist the leadership in their tasks.
3. Prayer Warrior: The Prayer Warrior is a Legionnaire who commits to praying daily for our Confraternity, our teams, and for our clients. Prayer Warriors will have access to limited personal information of our clients in order to pray specifically for them. This is the foundational task of all Legionnaires. In some instances Prayer Warriors may be present in telephone deliverance sessions after additional training for that task.
4. First Responder: The task of a First Responder is to administer "first aid" to a poor soul who is suffering from demonic harassment. The First Responder is not a deliverance counselor and should never attempt deliverance, but is one who is trained to deal with emergency and immediate situations until the afflicted person can meet with a Deliverance Counselor.
5. OnSite Prayer Team: The OnSite Prayer Team is trained to participate in Field (face-to-face)Deliverance. The Field Deliverance is a "power encounter" and can be intense. The OnSite Prayer Team assists and supports the Deliverance Counselors with prayer during the deliverance and in any other way the counselors need.
6. Case Manager: The Case Manager audits the Client Charts to be sure the charts are updated and complete. The Case Manager, with the assistance of Records Secretaries, may transcribe or otherwise enter notes in client charts, prepare reports, prepare hard copies client charts, and other similar tasks.
7. Intake Counselor: The Intake Counselor performs the initial Intake Interview with our clients. This task notes essential information about a client and brief descriptions of his problems and complaints. The Intake Counselor is qualified to give the client general information and advice not requiring a Counselor if that is all that is needed. Otherwise, the Intake Counselor refers the case to his superiors for a decision on what type of counseling the client needs. The types of counseling we provide are Ad-hoc (one session), Short-Term (two-five sessions), and General (the complete deliverance process).
8. Assessment Counselor: The Assessment Counselor interviews the clients who are candidates for full General Deliverance Counseling (determined after the Intake). The basis of this interview is a Pre-Counseling Inventory prepared by the client in advance. This Inventory gathers information about all aspects of the client's life. The Assessment Counselor reviews this Inventory with the Client, gathers any additional information needed, and then makes a recommendation as to whether or not we should take this case for Deliverance. The Director or Associate Director, or their delegates, make the final decision whether or not to take the case.
9. Assistant Field Investigator: The Assistant Field Investigator, as the name suggests, assists the Field Investigator. See the entry under Field Investigator for details. An Assistant Field Investigator may remain in this classification if he so desires. Advancement to full Field Investigator is not required.
10. Field Investigator: The Field Investigator has the task to investigate and assess alleged paranormal activity and experiences in places such as houses, other buildings, cemeteries, or in any other properties or lands.
The Investigator does use some scientific equipment in his tasks, but he does not rely upon that equipment since, at best, it is a very limited tool for investigating paranormal phenomena. Contrary to the ideas of "ghost hunters", scientific instruments cannot prove the existence or lack of existence demons or their infestations, nor can it prove most paranormal phenomena in general.
The equipment is helpful, however, in discovering alternative explanations for the phenomena. Scientific instruments are helpful in detecting various fields (e.g. sound, electromagnetic, radiological, and such) that may have psychological or mental effects. For example, certain frequencies of sound waves hitting the eye can cause visual hallucinations. Thus, in these cases, the "apparitions" are not spirits or demons or anything paranormal, but a mere consequence of sound waves effecting the optic nerve.
Thus, much of the task of the Investigator is in interviewing the client to ascertain the client's experience and veracity and to perform a House Cleansing and Blessing. The gathered information is also used by a Case Counselor to evaluate and assess what else may be needed to help the clients gain freedom from the demonic harassment.
While this job may seem similar to what happens on the various "ghost-hunter" TV shows, it is not. The so-called "paranormal investigators" know next to nothing about what they are doing. They all have seriously erroneous ideas about the paranormal, spirits, and demons. They conduct practices that are unnecessarily dangerous, even stupid, and certainly ineffective overall. Much of what is seen on TV is not real, but staged or psychologically enhanced or manipulated to create drama, and thereby, ratings and money.
The purpose of our Investigators and Counselors is to help poor souls deal with demonic infestations of their property. We seek to cast out any demonic presence in a house or other property regardless of whether or not any phenomena is captured with scientific equipment.
11. Case Counsellor: The task of the Case Counselor is to counsel with his client, assess the client's needs throughout the deliverance process, conduct the counseling sessions, and to perform the actual deliverance. A Case Counselor may remain in this classification if he so desires. Advancement to Senior Case Counselor is not required.
12. Senior Case Counsellor: The Senior Case Counselor receives advanced training in issues in Occult Phenomena, the Science of Spiritual Warfare, Basic Apologetics (many clients need basic catechises in the faith), and Leadership in a Spiritual Warfare Apostolate. A Senior Case Counselor may remain in this classification if he so desires. Advancement to Counsellor-Practitioner is not required.
13. Academy Instructor: The Academy Instructor is an experienced Deliverance Counselor with teaching skills who trains Legionnaires in our academy in subjects commensurate to their expertise.
14. Counsellor-Practitioner: The Counsellor-Practitioner is a highly experienced deliverance counselor of many years, with qualifications and experiences not only in the usual "Truth Encounter" of our normal deliverance counseling (Counseling Steps 1-7), but also in far more intense "Power Encounter" deliverance (Counseling Steps 8 and 9), whose skills and experience allows them to successfully perform counseling and deliverance independent of supervision.
The Counsellor-Practitioner is also trained in advanced levels of lay psychological and religious counseling by Father Benedict J. Groeschel, an Introduction to Psychology from Yale University, Introduction to Nouthetic (Biblical) Counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary, basic apologetics, advanced theology, and advanced topics in psychology and psychiatry. This training does not make one a professional counselor or psychologist, but it does familiarize the student with this issues to better serve the client who will generally have spiritual and psychological issues.
15. Council of Visitors: The Council of Visitors is composed of three to nine councillors. These directors may be Spiritual Warriors taken amongst any of the Levels, or those extern to LSM with specialties useful to LSM (such as lawyers, doctors, accountants). At least two of the councillors must be Deliverance Counselors holding a Licentiate of Deliverance Counseling (CCL). The job of the Council of Visitors is to oversee the operations of the LSM and the SPCDC, evaluate and make decisions on special procedures, approve policies, investigate complaints and grievances.