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An intensive residential program is offered for clergy and religious who experience psychological difficulties, interpersonal conflicts, emotional or sexual problems, grief and loss issues, stress and exhaustion, transitional trauma, sexual abuse, addictions or other related issues. The length of stay varies according to the needs of each person. Residents engage in individual and group counseling. spiritual direction, expressive art therapy, education and spirituality seminars, skills building workshops, an exercise program and outdoor work projects. Participation in 12-step groups is available when indicated. Also available are massage, Tai-Chi and arts and crafts. Visits from designated leadership persons are encouraged particularly at the conclusion of the program. A written report is provided which offers a summary of a resident’s progress, recommendations and limits to ministry if applicable.
Shalom Center interweaves the spiritual and human journey of a person’s life. Each morning, the community gathers to celebrate the Eucharist and continues to break the bread of their lives in a supportive faith community. Evening praise is prayed together daily. Weekly faith sharing is focused on the word of God as it touches our lives and brings healing. Varied spiritual experiences encourage a deepening of personal prayer life, as well as spiritual reading. Spiritual direction and seminars that encourage spiritual growth are offered weekly.
Residents of Shalom Center meet with their primary therapist two times each week. Therapists and professional counselors skilled and licensed in a variety of counseling specialties, such as addictions and sexual abuse, are available to the resident for individual counseling. In individual therapy, a resident formulates a treatment plan in collaboration with the primary therapist. Week by week, the resident measures his or her progress towards specified goals. As new issues arise and personal insight grows, the treatment plan may undergo modifications. Ultimately, the resident achieves greater self- awareness and personal growth in areas that need healing and change.
Residents of Shalom Center participate in multiple group therapy experiences per week. The group is co-facilitated by professional therapists. Residents are given the opportunity to share the issues that have brought them to Shalom Center and are confronted to face realities preventing them from personal acceptance and growth. A variety of psychotherapy.
The education seminar seeks to expand the participants’ knowledge of issues related to integral living as well as reinforce existing knowledge about professional behaviors and attitudes in ministry. Audio-visual materials and presentations are utilized to address themes such as co-dependency and addictions, family systems, sexuality, relationships and ministerial boundaries.
Expressive therapy seeks to facilitate a harmonious integration of body, mind and spirit. The therapist uses a number of techniques and activities to help participants externalize experiences and feelings which are otherwise difficult to articulate. Such techniques include music, art, psychodrama, singing, movement, journaling and guided imagery.
Skills Building Workshops
The skills building workshop provides the residents of Shalom Center with the opportunity to develop a repertoire of skills and strategies that enables them to manage their life and their interpersonal relationships effectively. Topics may include: stress management, regulating emotions, assertiveness, communication, conflict resolution, relaxation training, cognitive restructuring, the power of a positive “No,” boundaries, etc. Residents will engage in activities that will allow them to practice the skills they learned in a fun and friendly atmosphere.
Residents of Shalom Center may participate in evening 12-step groups. These support groups enable a person to pursue and maintain healthy living in a community of people who have experienced the same or similar “unmanageability.” Anonymity and confidentiality is the rule of all group experiences.
Prior to a resident’s departure, a plan of action is composed to maintain emotional, spiritual and physical health. It typically may include ongoing counseling (if applicable), spiritual direction, the participation in a support group, 12-step group meetings and visits with a mentor priest, brother or sister. Former residents are encouraged to return to Shalom Center for a minimum of two intensive follow-up programs during the first 2 years after discharge. Follow-up visits allow the staff to assess the progress and integration of a person’s holistic health plan. At the conclusion, a report is sent to appropriate leadership persons.