Since 1994, the South-Central Synod’s ASSIST program has encouraged our rostered leaders and their family members to utilize confidential psychological consultation by providing for an initial 3 sessions at The Integral Psychology Center in Madison.
The intent is to provide early consultation before things get too overwhelming as well as ease the way for getting help when things are severe.
In addition to in-office services, drop-in services are typically offered at the Bishop’s annual Bishop’s Convocation where both rostered leaders and spouses are encouraged to attend. Presenting concerns center on depression, anxiety, work stress, marital and family issues, congregational conflict and other concerns common to ministry, such as loneliness.
Phone consultation is also provided throughout the year to address counseling and referral needs for parishioners as well as to support clergy with challenging congregational issues. As a preventive mental health program, ASSIST also provides subscriptions to an email wellness publication, Psyche & Spirit, written by ASSIST providers, addressing self care for clergy and the psychological aspects of ministry. Synod members are also allowed to reprint articles for their congregational newsletters for the benefit of congregational wellness.
For more information view the ASSIST brochure.