Clinical Assessment and Consultation combines research validated tools and methods from clinical and counseling psychology, executive coaching, team building, spiritual assessment and consultation, spiritual direction, Ministry assessment and consultation, and counseling and psychotherapy. Referrals come to us from denominational and ministry network entities, individual churches, colleagues and family members. Rarely do individuals in need self refer. The issues involved in referral include burnout, compassion fatigue, moral failure, at risk for moral failure, criminal activity, loss of vision and drive, disappointment, and the perception that God’s will and call for the individual or church exceeds what is currently being accomplished.
The Consultation begins with the initial phone or email contact. Sufficient information is acquired to conceptualize the assessment. A 3 day Intensive Assessment/Consultation is scheduled and staffed with the team that is deemed most appropriate for the situation. Online counseling is provided while preparing for the Intensive and is available as follow-up. Participants complete a personal/relationship and ministry history and several personal and relationship tests prior to arrival.
The Clinical Intensive Assessment and Consultation is designed to assess what is happening in the leader’s life, develop a plan for restoration and take the first steps down a path of healing and wholeness. The initial assessment/consultation is a 20-hour process conducted in 3 days in our offices in Norfolk, Virginia. It consists of:
- Extensive evaluation including several validated tests
- Personality assessment
- Psycho-social assessment
- Spiritual life assessment
- Organizational assessment
- If spouse is a part of this a “marriage assessment”
- An individualized plan that may include a number of components
- Individual counseling/consultation/coaching
- Spiritual direction
- Marital counseling/consultation/coaching
- Team consultation
- Executive coaching
- Follow-up plans and assessment with the availability of additional Intensive Consultations as needed. Appropriate accountability is established within the family, church, denomination or social network.