Personal Mentoring Services

Terms of Service

PERSONAL MENTORING SERVICES (PMS) is a non-clinical, non-psychotherapy, non-mental health program service of NORTHERN ILLINOIS COUNSELING ASSOCIATES, P.C. (NICA).  By accessing, browsing and/or using web pages or other digital content on this web site, inclusive of your accessing and/or using any PERSONAL MENTORING SERVICES (PMS), you understand, accept, and agree, without limitation and/or qualification, to all of the following Terms of Service (TOS):

CONSENT:

You understand, accept and agree that your use of the PERSONAL MENTORING SERVICES (PMS) website and any uses of any PERSONAL MENTORING SERVICES (PMS) services or its materials are subject to your agreement with all of these Terms of Service and the website Privacy Policy. You also agree that you will not violate any local, state, federal or international laws in using this website or by accessing any material on this website or any other websites, or engage in any illegal activities.

SITE ACCESS:

PERSONAL MENTORING SERVICES (PMS) reserves the right to prohibit, restrict or discontinue your access to certain pages within the website if you violate any terms of this agreement. PERSONAL MENTORING SERVICES (PMS) may modify these Terms of Service at any time without notice. The modified Terms of Service will be effective upon posting on our website. To remain in compliance, PERSONAL MENTORING SERVICES (PMS) suggests that you review our Terms of Service at regular intervals. 

MEDICAL HEALTH/MENTAL HEALTH CARE DISCLAIMER:

IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING ANY MEDICAL HEALTHCARE OR ANY MENTAL HEALTHCARE SYMPTOMS OR COMPLAINTS OF AN EMERGENCY NATURE AND/OR IF YOU REQUIRE IMMEDIATE CARE AND/OR OTHER URGENT OR NON-URGENT CARE SERVICES, PLEASE CALL YOUR LOCAL EMERGENCY PERSONNEL OR SEEK EMERGENCY ROOM SERVICES AT YOUR LOCAL HOSPITAL IMMEDIATELY. DO NOT RELY UPON ANY ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS FOR ASSISTANCE IN REGARD TO YOUR EMERGENCY, IMMEDIATE, URGENT OR NON-URGENT MEDICAL HEALTH/MENTAL HEALTH CARE NEEDS UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES! YOU ARE ALSO ADVISED THAT PERSONAL MENTORING SERVICES (PMS), AS A NON-CLINICAL SERVICE, IS NOT A MEDICAL HEALTH/MENTAL HEALTH CARE SERVICE, CRISIS-RESPONSE CENTER, MEDICAL HOSPITAL OR MENTAL HEALTH FACILITY AND CAN NOT AND WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY OR ALL MEDICAL HEALTH/MENTAL HEALTH CARE EMERGENCY SERVICES OR FOR ANY OR ALL SERVICES OF AN IMMEDIATE, URGENT OR NON-URGENT MEDICAL HEALTH/MENTAL HEALTH CARE NATURE.

SECURITY:

All PERSONAL MENTORING SERVICES (PMS) electronic forms and associated electronic forms (e.g., PayPal, etc.) that request your personal information (name, address, email address, etc.) are believed to be reasonably secure and provide encrypted transmission over the Internet. For more information concerning security measures utilized by PERSONAL MENTORING SERVICES (PMS), please refer to our Privacy Policy.

DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTY:

ANY AND/OR ALL SERVICES, MATERIALS (INCLUSIVE OF PRODUCTS), AND OTHER INFORMATION ARE PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” BASIS AND SOLELY FOR EDUCATIONAL (OR ENTERTAINMENT) PURPOSES ONLY TO THE END-USER OR CLIENT, BY PERSONAL MENTORING SERVICES (PMS), AS A NON-CLINICAL SERVICE OF NORTHERN ILLINOIS COUNSELING SERVICES, P.C. (NICA),. BY YOUR USE OF THIS WEBSITE AND ANY OF ITS SERVICES, MATERIALS, AND OTHER INFORMATION, IT IS UNDERSTOOD AND AGREED BY THE END-USER OR CLIENT THAT PERSONAL MENTORING SERVICES (PMS), AS WELL AS NORTHERN ILLINOIS COUNSELING ASSOCIATES, P.C. (NICA), MAKES NO EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR USE, TITLE OR NON-INFRINGEMENT.

FURTHERMORE, PERSONAL MENTORING SERVICES (PMS), AS WELL AS NORTHERN ILLINOIS COUNSELING ASSOCIATES, P.C. (NICA), CAN NOT AND WILL NOT GUARANTEE THE ACCURACY, ADEQUACY, RELEVANCE, COMPLETENESS OR SAFETY OF ANY AND/OR ALL SERVICES, MATERIALS, AND OTHER INFORMATION AND CAN NOT AND WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY OR ALL ERRORS, COMMISSIONS OR OMISSIONS OR FOR THE RESULTS OBTAINED THEREOF FROM THE USE OF ANY AND/OR ALL SUCH SERVICES, MATERIALS, AND OTHER INFORMATION.

BY USING THIS WEB SITE AND ANY PERSONAL MENTORING SERVICES (PMS), WHETHER DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, INCLUDING ITS AFFILIATES, YOU FULLY ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT PERSONAL MENTORING SERVICES (PMS) DOES NOT OPERATE OR CONTROL THE INTERNET AND THEREFORE PERSONAL MENTORING SERVICES (PMS) CAN NOT AND WILL NOT GUARANTEE THAT THE USE OF THIS WEBSITE WILL BE FREE OF ANY USER RISK, ANY ERROR OR ANY TECHNOLOGY DOWNTIMES OR OTHER UNAVAILABILITY TO THE WEBSITE USER UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.

YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT PERSONAL MENTORING SERVICES (PMS) CAN NOT AND WILL NOT GUARANTEE AGAINST VIRUSES, WORMS, TROJAN HORSES, OR ANY AND/OR ALL OTHER UNAUTHORIZED USERS, HACKERS OR THIRD-PARTIES ATTEMPTING TO OBTAIN ACCESS TO THIS WEBSITE OR TO INFORMATION TRANSMITTED TO OR FROM THIS WEBSITE. CONSEQUENTLY, YOU FULLY ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE TO HOLD HARMLESS, PERSONAL MENTORING SERVICES (PMS), AS WELL AS NORTHERN ILLINOIS COUNSELING ASSOCIATES, P.C. (NICA), FROM ANY CONSEQUENCES OR ACTIONS, ABOVE, AND HEREIN, IN PERPETUITY.

WAIVER OF CLAIMS:

IF YOU ARE A CURRENT OR FORMER CLIENT OF NORTHERN ILLINOIS COUNSELING ASSOCIATES, P.C. (NICA), WHETHER FOR PURPOSES OF RECEIVING, OR HAVING RECEIVED, CLINICAL AND/OR NON-CLINICAL PROFESSIONAL SERVICES, BY USING THE PERSONAL MENTORING SERVICES (PMS) WEBSITE AND/OR ANY OF ITS SERVICES, MATERIALS (INCLUSIVE OF PRODUCTS), AND/OR OTHER INFORMATION, IT IS UNDERSTOOD, ACKNOWLEDGED AND AGREED, BY YOU, THAT YOU FOREVER WAIVE ANY AND/OR ALL CLAIMS FOR ANY AND/OR ALL SERVICES RENDERED TO YOU BY EITHER NORTHERN ILLINOIS COUNSELING ASSOCIATES, P.C. (NICA) OR BY PERSONAL MENTORING SERVICES (PMS), RESPECTIVELY.

SUCH WAIVER OF CLAIMS FURTHER STIPULATES TO YOUR UNDERSTANDING, ACCEPTANCE, AGREEMENT AND CONSENT THAT ANY USE, BY YOU, OF ANY AND/OR ALL SERVICES, MATERIALS (INCLUSIVE OF PRODUCTS), AND/OR OTHER INFORMATION, FROM, OF AND/OR BY PERSONAL MENTORING SERVICES (PMS) AND/OR NORTHERN ILLINOIS COUNSELING ASSOCIATES, P.C. (NICA), WHETHER IN WHOLE OR IN PART, IS A VOLUNTARY AND ELECTIVE CHOICE YOU FREELY MAKE, WITHOUT ANY INFLUENCE OR DURESS AND, THEREFORE, YOU AGREE THAT THERE WILL BE NO CAUSE FOR ANY CLAIM OF CONFLICT OF INTEREST OR DUAL RELATIONSHIP, FOR ANY REASON, TOWARD OR AGAINST EITHER NORTHERN ILLINOIS COUNSELING ASSOCIATES, P.C. (NICA) OR PERSONAL MENTORING SERVICES (PMS). AS SUCH, THE CLIENT AND/OR END-USER WILL HAVE THE “FREEDOM OF CHOICE’ TO CHOOSE WHICH SERVICE(S), ARE SELECTED, WHETHER CLINICAL AND/OR NON-CLINICAL, FROM, OF, AND/OR BY EITHER NORTHERN ILLINOIS COUNSELING ASSOCIATES, P.C. (NICA) OR PERSONAL MENTORING SERVICES (PMS), RESPECTIVELY AND WILL BE PERSONALLY RESPONSIBLE AND PERSONALLY ACCOUNTABLE FOR SAID ELECTIVE CHOICE.

HOLD HARMLESS:

SINCE THE PRACTICE OF PERSONAL MENTORING SERVICES IS AN INEXACT "ART-SCIENCE", NO ASSURANCES ARE MADE AND THE END-USER OR CLIENT WILL HOLD HARMLESS, PERSONAL MENTORING SERVICES (PMS) AND/OR NORTHERN ILLINOIS COUNSELING ASSOCIATES, P.C. (NICA), [INCLUDING ITS OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS, AGENTS, ASSIGNS, DESIGNEES, AND/OR PERSONAL MENTORS], IN PERPETUITY, FROM ANY AND/OR ALL CLAIMS RESULTING FROM ANY AND/OR ALL SERVICES, MATERIALS (INCLUSIVE OF PRODUCTS) AND/OR OTHER INFORMATION RENDERED.

PERSONAL MENTORING SERVICES (PMS) reserves the right and the prerogative, in its sole discretion, to temporarily and/or permanently discontinue this website, in whole or in part, at any time, for any reason whatsoever and without notice.

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY:

IN NO EVENT SHALL EITHER NORTHERN ILLINOIS COUNSELING ASSOCIATES, P.C. (NICA) AND/OR PERSONAL MENTORING SERVICES (PMS) BE LIABLE OR RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR MONETARY DAMAGES, INCLUDING FEES, AND PENALTIES IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR USE OF ANY AND/OR ALL SERVICES, MATERIALS (INCLUSIVE OF PRODUCTS), AND OTHER INFORMATION POSTED ON THIS WEBSITE OR CONNECTIVITY TO OR FROM THIS WEBSITE TO ANY OTHER WEBSITE.

GOVERNING LAW:

You agree that any claim or dispute relating to and/or resulting from your use of or reliance upon the PERSONAL MENTORING SERVICES (PMS) website shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Illinois without regard to its conflict of laws and provisions, and all parties agree to be bound and shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the applicable local, state or federal courts located in the State of Illinois, USA.

USER NAME AND PASSWORD:

In the event you access any PERSONAL MENTORING SERVICES (PMS) service or product, etc., requiring a User Name and Password, you are solely responsible and accountable for keeping such User Name and Password strictly confidential.

CHILDREN AND MINORS:

PERSONAL MENTORING SERVICES (PMS) does not knowingly or intentionally collect personal information from children under age 18, unless otherwise indicated. The content of our website is directed at adults, and therefore this site is solely intended for use only by adults over the age of 18. If you are under the age of 18, please consult a parent or guardian for guidance, help and supervision in learning about this website. If you are not currently of legal age to enter into a contractually binding legal agreement, without parental consent, then do not use this website and/or any of its services.

INBOUND LINKS:

You may not, under any circumstances, establish any electronic and/or other unauthorized link, inclusive of deep linking, to the PERSONAL MENTORING SERVICES (PMS) website without obtaining the written consent of PERSONAL MENTORING SERVICES (PMS).

EXTERNAL LINKS:

Please note that pages of this site may be linked to other sites which may have different terms of service or use. PERSONAL MENTORING SERVICES (PMS) does not have any proprietary interests in or own, control, manage, supervise, direct or otherwise have any involvement in the business or affairs of any third party website, and is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of the third party site. Once you link to another website, you are subject to the unique privacy policy of that website. PERSONAL MENTORING SERVICES (PMS) encourages you to be aware whenever you exit our website, to carefully review read the terms of service and privacy policy of each and every website that you visit before providing any personally identifiable information.

TEXT, TRADEMARKS AND COPYRIGHTS:

All text, trademarks, service marks, copyrights and logos which are displayed and used in and by this website are the property of their respective owners. Nothing in this site should be construed as granting any right or license to use any trademarks, service marks, copyrights and logos without the written permission of its owner.

PRIVACY:

Please read the full text of our Privacy Policy, which is hereby incorporated, in its entirety, into the PERSONAL MENTORING SERVICES (PMS) Terms of Service.

MODES OF COMMUNICATION:

PERSONAL MENTORING SERVICES (PMS) are currently available via phone, Skype, or in person (30-minute minimum). 

RECORDING SERVICES: 

PERSONAL MENTORING SERVICES (PMS) provides private, individual, personal mentoring services.  Consequently, NO recordings of any personal mentoring services are permissible without the express, written authorization of PERSONAL MENTORING SERVICES (PMS). Additionally, NO recordings or written reports of any personal mentoring services, except for recording dates of PMS services, corresponding fees and applied payments, shall be made by PERSONAL MENTORING SERVICES (PMS). Furthermore, your privacy shall be held in confidence, except for such disclosures as may be required by either Illinois or Federal law.

PROMOTIONAL OFFERINGS:

In the event PERSONAL MENTORING SERVICES (PMS), in its sole discretion, renders any promotional offerings via social or other marketing media, or by providing any promotional incentives, then please be aware of the following:  "Any offer cannot be combined with your health insurance; your insurance will neither be billed for any services offered under any ad nor will you be required to provide your health information at the time services are rendered; if you receive an explanation of benefits or any other document showing that your insurance was billed for services, you should contact your insurance carrier immediately."

Additionally, any and/or all promotional offering incentives are limited to "Standard Access" PERSONAL MENTORING SERVICES (PMS) services only. 


FEES:

"STANDARD ACCESS" fees are one hundred dollars ($100.00) per half-hour and are rendered in half-hour increments, or fractions, thereafter.

Rates apply Monday through Friday (except for U.S. holidays) from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. “Standard Access” is the preferred access mode for most all PMS Protégés.

PERSONAL MENTORING SERVICES (PMS) offers three additionalaccess availability services, as follows:

"PREMIER ACCESS" fees are one hundred and fifty dollars ($150.00) per half-hour and are rendered in half-hour increments, or fractions, thereafter.

Rates apply Monday through Friday (except for U.S. holidays) from 6:00 A.M. to 9:00 A.M. and from 5:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. and Saturday (except for U.S. holidays) from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

“Premier Access” is the preferred access mode for PMS Protégés who choose to receive personal mentoring services either before or after “regular business” hours.

“CONCIERGE ACCESS” fees are two hundred dollars ($200.00) per half-hour and are rendered in half-hour increments, or fractions, thereafter.

Rates apply Monday through Friday from 9:00 P.M. to 6:00 A.M.; Saturday from 5:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. and Sunday from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

“Concierge Access” is the preferred access mode for a select number of PMS Protégés who choose to receive personal mentoring services, ad lib.

“SPECIAL ACCESS” reduced fees are available for qualifying individuals who are: (1) full-time students at an accredited school (proof of continuous enrollment required); (2) active-duty U.S. military personnel (proof of active duty required) or U.S. military veterans post-9/11 (proof of honorable discharge required); or (3) others with “special needs” who can substantiate significant, bona fide, financial hardship (proof of Federal tax return past two years required).

Rates apply Monday through Friday (except for U.S. holidays) from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Please note that “Special Access” services shall be limited to one (1) half-hour service per appointment, up to a maximum total of twenty-four (24) services within a twenty-four (24) month period commencing with the first date of service,. For “Special Access” eligibility and fees, in the sole discretion of Personal Mentoring Services (PMS), call 1-815-455-6736.

“Special Access” is the preferred access mode for PMS Protégés who are just “launching” into young adulthood, are serving or have served their country through military (or comparable) service, or those who are truly in great financial need.

 
Times listed are based on Central Daylight Saving (CDT) and Central Standard Time (CST) for Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA.

All fees are subject to change without notice.

PERSONAL MENTORING SERVICES (PMS) does not require the user to sign-up for any length-of-term contracts and offers "pay-as-you-go" for your personal mentoring needs.

All services are scheduled by appointment only.

Twenty-four hour prior notification to our office is required to avert full charge for cancellation.


PAYMENT:

Pre-payment for all personal mentoring services is required unless there is a continuous payment guarantee on file.

Pre-payment may be made via cash (U.S. currency only); personal check; business check; cashier's check; money order; credit card; debit card; other similarly purposed merchant services "charge card" and/or other payment mechanism acceptable to NICA (e.g., PayPal, etc.), in NICA's sole discretion.  If pre-payment is made by check, check must clear before services are rendered.

A continuous payment guarantee provides NICA with your credit card, debit card, or other similarly purposed merchant services "charge card" information for continuous payment as PERSONAL MENTORING SERVICES (PMS) are rendered.

Please be aware that your credit card numbers will be kept on file, off-line, at our office and applicable fees will be charged automatically without notification to the end-user or client.

"AS-IS":

PERSONAL MENTORING SERVICES (PMS) Terms of Service, in its entirety, stands, "as-is."  Consequently, no revisions, modifications, or strike-overs are permissible and will not be accepted.  This includes the Personal Mentoring Services Terms of Authorization Form.

NOTIFICATION AND ATTESTATION:

BY USING THIS PERSONAL MENTORING SERVICES (PMS) WEBSITE, AND/OR BY ACCESSING PERSONAL MENTORING SERVICES (PMS), YOU ACKNOWLEDGE NOTIFICATION OF THE TERMS OF SERVICE AND ATTEST TO AN UNDERSTANDING OF, ACCEPTANCE OF, AND AGREEMENT TO ALL OF ITS TERMS OF SERVICE.

Last updated: January 01, 2017


COPYRIGHT: © 2011-2017 Personal Mentoring Services (PMS) is a non-clinical program service of Northern Illinois Counseling Associates, P.C. (NICA) and all of its website contents are the intellectual property of NICA, PMS, Dr. Larry B. Gelman and Dr. Glenn B. Gelman, collectively, unless otherwise noted. We sincerely welcome your non-commercial use, enjoyment and sharing of all articles, without our express written permission, but only on the condition that copied content be copied, in-full, with all copyright, contact, creation and information intact. Please note all other use is strictly prohibited and all rights are reserved. Consequently, any use by you, of any of our legally and morally protected copyrighted materials, will constitute, without reservation or exception, your full and complete acceptance, agreement and consent, in perpetuity, for you to be bound by the letter and spirit of all copyright laws, both, in the United States of America and the rest of the world.

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