(Until a COVID vaccine is widespread, the program will be 4-day, with a maximum of two participants.)
The morning sessions begin at 8:00 a.m. and schedules are individualized for each day. Afternoon group consultations typically conclude around 4 p.m., and evenings are free to explore the area, have a leisurely dinner (often with other participants), or have time to reflect and relax. On Friday, lunch is provided and the program is adjourned in early afternoon (typically 1:30 p.m.). Throughout the program, participants receive:
- Daily individual consultations with a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
- Consultants are state-licensed, have served in parish ministry, or have extensive experience counseling pastors, and bring a faith-based perspective.
- Consultants focus their work using systems analysis, cognitive behavior, and positive psychology. Positive psychology emphasizes the development of personal agency, self-efficacy, learned optimism, mindfulness, and hope.
- In these consultations, clergy assess their emotional health and develop short- and long-term goals to initiate positive changes.
- Afternoon Seminars
- Build on individual consultations and are led by specialists in the areas of stress management and resiliency, systems dynamics, secondary stress, personal call to service and maturity, and forming a plan with specific goals.
- Individual Physical Assessments
- Personal Fitness Evaluation and personal fitness training
- Individual consultation with a nutritionist
- Individual Spiritual Direction
- Goal-Setting Consultations
On the last day of the program, the participant meets with a Professional Coach to discuss his or her goals. The Coach then helps the client to set out a specific plan that will include:
- Two months of follow-up coaching after the initial session
- Telephone or email consultation with any of the consultants upon request, and availability to contract additional sessions with any of the consultants.