New Aging and Memory Evaluation
Over 47.5 million adults suffer from declines in memory and thinking. While many people may assume cognitive decline in older adults is due to dementia, there are a number of possible causes: psychological, neurological and physical.    A comprehensive evaluation is an important step for diagnosis and determining the appropriate treatment.    Saint Luke Institute's new Aging and Memory Evaluation is a three-week evaluation at our main center in Silver Spring, Maryland. The assessment ...
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Following Jesus to Healthier Ministry
The president of Saint Luke Insitute recently authored an article in The Priest magazine (published by Our Sunday Visitor). In the article, Fr. David Songy, O.F.M.Cap., S.T.D., Psy.D., offers practical tips for priest self-care and a focus on Jesus for setting a standard of self-care.    Following Jesus to healthier ministry To care for others, priests must care for themselves   Living in an age plagued by self-centeredness — and conscious of the steadily decreasing ...
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Saint Luke Free Webinar on Trauma in News
The free SLIconnect webinar, "Shepherding in Times of Tragedy," now available on-demand, is featured in an article published by Religion News Service.   The free webinar - originally presented live on Aug. 31 - is led by Monsignor Steve Rossetti, Ph.D., D.Min., president emeritus of Saint Luke Institute, who also has given in-person presentations on this topic.   Noting that faith groups are first responders who "bring our faith and our compassion and our care and our community to ...
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Shepherding in Tragic Times: Caring for Self and Others in Trauma
In times of trauma or tragedy, Catholic priests, deacons, sisters, educators and other staff are called upon to bring comfort and healing. They also may be struggling with the trauma themselves while trying to help others.  Join priest-psychologist, Monsignor Stephen J. Rossetti, for a free webinar on August 31 (and on-demand afterward): "Shepherding in Tragic Times: Caring for Self and Others in Trauma."  Msgr. Rossetti will explore the psychological and spiritual impact of trauma on ...
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Treating Addiction Recovery Relapse
A person living with an addiction faces the possibility of relapse. Addiction is a chronic disease and, as with other chronic diseases, the management approach may need to be adjusted over time.  Learn what may trigger a relapse, the warning signs and how serious addiction relapse is treated in the latest issue of Lukenotes, a publication of Saint Luke Institute. Then, follow "Fr. Tim" on his road to recovery in the accompanying case study. Lukenotes: ...
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New Catholic Counseling Center Opens in Towson-Lutherville
Caritas Counseling Center is now open in the Towson-Lutherville community, just north of Baltimore, Maryland. Services include individual and group therapy, assessments, short-term educational/skill-building workshops, workshop speakers, coordination with psychiatric services, as well as consultation for leadership.  A ministry of Saint Luke Institute, Caritas Counseling Center offers supportive, confidential care from a professional staff who understand the importance of faith. As a Catholic organization, the mission is inspired by the healing ministry of Christ ...
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Ethics for Treating Catholic Clients
The American Psychological Association Ethics Code requires psychologists to consider a client's religion and culture, factors that are fundamental to the treatment of Roman Catholic priests, consecrated religious and laity. This continuing education presentation by Rev. David Songy, O.F.M.Cap., S.T.D., Psy.D., president of Saint Luke Institute, will help establish an anthropological framework for considering the religious values and cultural attributes of Catholic clients. The ethical application of the Guidelines for Providers of Psychological Services ...
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Risk Assessments and Safety Plans
The latest Lukenotes newsletter focuses on the importance of risk assessments for safety planning. Dr. Christopher Block, a psychologist on the clinical team at Saint Luke Center, notes the components of a risk assessment includesActuarial instrumentsInterviews with the individual and, possibly, othersReview of the individual's fileFinal report, including a risk level and recommendations.Saint Luke Institute president, Capuchin Father David Songy, who also is a psychologist, walks through how this works in ...
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Self-Compassion
We tend to be compassionate toward others, but what about ourselves? Sometimes, it seems that's the one person we forget to take care of.  As Dr. Sam Stodghill writes in a new Renew & Reflect from SLIconnect, "There is growing evidence that treating ourselves kindly when confronted with personal failures can improve emotional well-being and increase our ability to withstand the impact of negative events. In turn, this type of intentional self-care ...
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Lukenotes: Intervention 101
"Intervention 101" is the topic of the newest Lukenotes. Learn how to plan, implement and follow-up an intervention Dr. Steve Alexander's article. He is on the clinical staff of Saint Luke Institute's Halfway House Program. In the accompanying case study, Holy Child Sister Peggy Crowley, a member of Saint Luke's continuing care team, explores "little 'i' interventions": small decisions and events that can have a powerful impact.  Also online is an easy-to-access archive of ...
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