• Program for Psychology & Religion


    How do I schedule an appointment and get more information?

    If you are a minister interested in an assessment or one of the P&R intensive programs, please call 314-289-9411. If you are interested in Christian Counseling, or another one of our general outpatient services, call our intake coordinator at 314-298-9411 to schedule an appointment. Mention you are calling for the Program for Psychology & Religion.

    Where do clients who come from outside the St. Louis area stay when they are receiving an assessment or other services?

    Clients who come from other cities, states or countries often stay with religious communities (Catholic Sisters or Brothers), or stay within local parishes and sometimes continue to practice a sacramental ministry. Lutheran pastors coming for an assessment may stay at Concordia Seminary. We assist clients with locating appropriate housing options that fit their needs. 

    How long does the assessment process take?

    The assessment process is not one size fits all. Generally is consists of one to three days of assessment and a feedback session. These appointment can be spaced out, or scheduled all within a 5 day work week depending on the needs of the individual.

    How long do clients typically remain in treatment? 

    The length of treatment varies entirely upon the particular need of the individual. The length of care ranges from one-week for those who come only for evaluation and recommendations, two to three months for those who enter a brief focused program, to four to eight months for those who enter our traditional intensive program. 

    Does the Program only serve Catholic priests and religious? 

    No, we serve clergy from a wide range of faith traditions. Although many of our clients are Catholic clergy or religious, we also work effectively with other denominations and other faith traditions. We are pleased to work with Concordia Health Plans to provide assessment and treatment for Lutheran (LCMS) pastors.  We have also had the honor of assisting United Methodist, United Church of Christ, Evangelical Lutheran, Presbyterian Church (USA), and other Protestant denominations.  

    How is spirituality integrated in your psychological approach? 

    In the Program for Psychology and Religion, we integrate the spiritual dimension of the problem and the solution into all phases of a client’s work. Spiritual directors play a critical role in both the assessment and treatment phases. Individual meetings with a personal spiritual director and participation in a spirituality group are integral components of the intensive program. Additionally, our staff members have diverse, unique backgrounds: some hold advanced degrees in dual disciplines (psychology and religion) while some are members of Catholic religious congregations.   All members of the team are trained in respect for religious faith, recognition of spiritual issues, and the importance of scientific research as the foundation of psychological evaluation and care. 

    Do you involve religious leadership in treatment and planning? 

    Yes. Religious leaders are closely involved from the evaluation of their member to the recommendations for aftercare at the conclusion of treatment. Regular contact with leadership is a part of any extended treatment plan. 

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