Intensive Outpatient Program
Saint Luke Consultation Center, St. Louis, Missouri
Intensive Outpatient Treatment
Our Intensive Outpatient Program provides in-depth treatment in a non-residential environment. Participants first undergo an initial assessment.
Requirements for Care
Participants come to us from around the world. They must have the capacity to communicate in English even if it is not their native language; be safe in an outpatient environment and not at risk of self-harm or harm to others; and be able to commute to the center by public or private transportation.
We assist with housing through the generous hospitality of local communities or parishes who can offer short-term housing during treatment.
This six-month program offers interpersonally focused and psychoeducational treatment for Catholic clergy and religious. Services are offered six days per week, Monday-Saturday, and include:
- Intensive group therapy (three days per week)
- Spirituality group (once per week)
- Groups include 6-8 clients and two facilitators (male and female)
- Wide range of issues is addressed, depending on the needs of the clients in attendance
- Direction and feedback by the therapists, and feedback from group members to an individual working in the session
- Two elective groups, on addictions and sexual health
Individual Therapy and Spiritual Direction
- Offered, at a minimum, on a weekly basis
- Tailored to the needs of the individual client
- Twice weekly, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and led by a member of the staff or adjunct staff
- A different topic is introduced each week during the duration of the six-month program
Progress and Feedback
- Progress is tracked during monthly staff meetings and a mid-term written evaluation
- At the conclusion of the intensive program a discharge conference is held with the client, therapeutic staff and the superior/referring contact person
- Recommendations for maintaining progress and follow-up care are provided
Clients who complete the intensive outpatient program are encouraged to participate in aftercare workshops. These are held twice a year, in March and September.
Aftercare workshops offer an ongoing community of care, as well as time and space for clients to evaluate their transition from treatment to ministry or other living situations. It also allows clients to track their growth, and revise their aftercare plans with feedback from staff, their diocese or community, and peers. Written reports are provided for each aftercare workshop.
Additional follow-up care includes individual and group therapy at our center in St. Louis, specifically tailored for individuals who have completed an Intensive Program, or therapy through Saint Luke Institute or other treatment programs.