Specialized Assessment / Treatment for Clergy & Ministers
To help ministers achieve balance, wellness and excellence in their ministry, we offer integrative behavioral, emotional, cognitive, interpersonal and spiritual health assessments. Recommendations to facilitate healing and growth are made based on the assessment results. The assessments are offered in two formats: Clinical Assessment and Developmental Assessment.
Commonly, ministers referred for a clinical assessment are experiencing difficulties in their ministry and/or relationships. They may be suffering from burn-out, fatigue, depression, anxiety, interpersonal stressors, addictive or compulsive behaviors, or other concerns.
The assessment is always conducted in a collaborative manner with the goal of providing recommendations to resolve the current problem while at the same time helping the minister better understand herself/himself. The assessment is conducted with sensitivity to the minister, in a manner that is respectful of his/her privacy, while also providing the necessary communication with the minister’s ecclesiastical supervisors or leadership as appropriate.
The comprehensive clinical assessment typically consists of the following components:
- Intake Consultation
- Clinical Interview and Psychosocial History
- Psychological Testing
- Spiritual Health Assessment
- Psychiatric Assessment (added as needed)
- Feedback Session and Written Summary with Recommendations
Developmental (Candidate) Assessment
We created this form of assessment to be less “intrusive” while focusing on the client’s forward movement toward healthy integration of body, mind, and spirit.
While major psychological problem areas are screened for, we place a particular emphasis on the client’s strengths and areas of growth.
The person seeking this form of assessment ranges from seminarians and ministry candidates to clergy, religious, and persons of faith who desire to know themselves better and desire to use the results of the assessment to map a path for personal and spiritual growth.
For more information or to schedule a consultation for either a Clinical or Developmental Assessment, please call Sue Mertens at 314- 289-9407.
Spirituality Integrated Treatment Programs for Clergy and Ministers
The Program for Psychology and Religion at St Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute takes pride in offering personalized treatment programs specifically for ministers. We address the mental, physical, and spiritual elements of health to support optimal well-being of mind, body, and spirit. Rather than a “one size fits all” approach, we utilize a comprehensive assessment process to develop treatment plans that address the individual’s specific needs.
We offer spiritual direction, alongside traditional psychotherapy/counseling and psychiatric care, indicative of our emphasis on holistic care.
We offer individualized intensive programs for clergy and religious in partnership with the Center for OCD and Anxiety Related Disorders and the Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Program of St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute. Paths for symptom resolution or growth are considered according to the needs of each minister’s unique situation.
All of our services can be personalized, tailored, and even combined with other treatment offerings at SLBMI. For more information or on our specialty services for ministers, please call Sue Mertens at (314) 289-9407.