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Stress and Vulnerability to Illness

How does stress affect us physically, psychologically, spiritually? Knowing the answer may prompt us to seek treatment before chronic stress takes too great a toll.

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Stress and Vulnerability to Illness: Case Study

Learn how Father Philip addresses his anger issues by first reducing his stress levels.

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The Saint Luke Institute Candidate Assessment Program

When done well, the combination of interviews, psychological testing, and specific feedback provides seminary staff and vocations and formation personnel with a clear understanding of how best to support a candidate in the discernment process and beyond.

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The Saint Luke Institute Candidate Assessment Program: Case Study

Learn how the evaluation process helps James and his vocation and formation directors identify his psychological and spiritual vulnerabilities and capitalize on his many strengths.

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The Negative Effect of ADHD on Emotional Intelligence

Self-awareness and the capacity for empathy, both foundational components of emotional intelligence, can be compromised in individuals with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

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The Negative Effect of ADHD on Emotional Intelligence: Case Study

Discover how cognitive behavioral therapy helps Father Toellner learn skills for managing his ADHD.

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Habit versus Addiction

The earlier a problematic behavior or habit is addressed, the less likely it is to progress into a more severe addiction.

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Habit versus Addiction: Case Study

Discover how a young seminary student learns to manage his video game usage in a healthier way.

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The Imperfection of Perfectionism

Setting high standards for ourselves can stimulate personal growth and push us to reach a peak level of performance. These high expectations can become problematic, however, when they are unrealistically high and inflexible.

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The Imperfection of Perfectionism: Case Study

Discover how, through cognitive behavioral therapy, Fr. John learns to overcome his fear of failure and rejection and better manage his compulsive, anxious behaviors.

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Gratitude as a Daily Practice: Case Study

Learn how Father Tom, diagnosed with anxiety and depression, is positively impacted by an intentional daily practice of gratitude.

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Gratitude as a Daily Practice

Gratitude, integral to our Christian faith, is also a critical factor in ongoing health and well-being. Practicing gratitude is strongly correlated with an increased sense of personal happiness, decreased anxiety and depression, and beneficial changes in brain chemistry.

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Support Team: Case Study

Learn how Father Richard’s support team helps him stay healthy when he returns to ministry after residential treatment.

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Support When It’s Needed Most

Successful recovery involves simple, daily decisions that will continue to lead a person toward or away from health. Learn what it means to be a member of a support team for a priest or religious who completes residential treatment and is returning home.

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Is it ADHD?: Case Study

Learn how Father Alex receives a diagnosis of both depression and ADHD and learns to manage his symptoms and the emotional issues that often accompany ADHD in adults.

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Is it ADHD?

It has become common to hear people self-diagnose that they have ADHD, but do they? A number of moods and behaviors can mimic ADHD and the wrong diagnosis can mean the wrong treatment. Learn ten criteria we use to help determine if someone has ADHD.

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Cultural Identity and International Ministers: Case Study

Learn how Father Charles struggles with the transition to parish ministry, but after a caring intervention and intentional support from the diocese is able to connect with others and thrive in his new community.

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Cultural Identity and International Ministers

The transition for international ministers can be smoother when the receiving community has an understanding of identity development, what influences identity,
and how cultural identity is formed.

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Diagnosing Adult Autism: Case Study

Misdiagnosed with ADHD early in life, Sister Monica was surprised to learn she actually had autism. With the help of the Saint Luke Institute team, she gained the skills for more effective ministry.

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Diagnosing Adult Autism

The effects of autism on adults can be broad and at times limiting as they typically face challenges in three core areas: communication, social interaction and repetitiveness. These adults may also have depression, ADHD or medical conditions such as epilepsy and may have been misdiagnosed in the past.

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Depression or Dementia? Case Study

Learn how the Saint Luke Institute team helps Sister Moira and her community address her symptoms of depression and dementia and discover ways to engage her more effectively.

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Depression or Dementia?

It can be difficult to determine if certain behavior changes that occur as someone ages are due to depression or dementia since the two conditions share a number of symptoms. Neuropsychological assessment helps identify the cause of behavior change so a person can get the right treatment.

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Which Therapy? Case Study

Sr. Patty is surprised during her assessment, discovering there is more to her relapse than she realized.

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Which Therapy?

How can two people referred for the same problem, such as depression, receive two very different treatment recommendations? Why is residential treatment recommended for one and outpatient therapy for the other?

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Relapse Recovery: Case Study

Follow Father Tim on his journey to relapse and back to recovery.

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Relapse Recovery

Relapses are not uncommon in addiction recovery. Successful treatment focuses on identifying what happened, why the process of recovery failed and then adjusting a person’s skills and knowledge to the situation, not unlike the treatment of any chronic disease.

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Risk Assessment & Safety Plans

A risk assessment that includes actuarially-based indicators as well as clinical judgment provides important information on the risk of re-offending.

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Risk Assessment & Safety Plans: Case Study

Learn how the risk assessment process helps Fr. George and his provincial develop a comprehensive safety plan.

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Intervention 101

Every intervention is different because every person and situation is different. Learn how to manage an intervention successfully, including planning, messaging and follow-through.

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Case Study: Intervention 101

Often, healing comes from a series of “small interventions.” Together, each small step is valuable and can impact the impaired thinking, shame and  unmanageability that are intrinsic to the belief system that drives the addictive cycle.

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Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder

Being organized, controlling impulses and striving to do one’s best are positive personality characteristics that can contribute to success. These traits can have adverse consequences when taken to the extreme, however.

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