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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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Identifying and Treating Childhood Trauma in Women Religious

Defenses developed in response to childhood trauma can become default behaviors that play out in community life.

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Awakening Your Strength Journey: Discovering Happiness in Ministry

Focusing on our strengths in life and ministry, rather than our weaknesses, has been shown to promote greater well-being and life satisfaction.

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Incomplete Grief: A Catalyst for Addiction and Recovery

A major loss that has not been sufficiently processed can become the catalyst for addictive behaviors.

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Trauma: Recognizing It and Treating It

What happens when traumatic experiences overwhelm our ability to cope?

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Understanding Cybersex Compulsion

Realities, risks and treatment for compulsive Internet pornography use.

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Why Bring the Body into It? Mind-Body Approaches in Therapy

Awareness of one’s physical body and sensations is an integral part of psychological well-being and can be a resource for emotional regulation.

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Mapping Out Changes

Understanding the dynamics of behavior change can help us move from self-sabotaging patterns to healthier behaviors.

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Anything but Group Therapy!

Group therapy fosters authentic communication, better relationships and self-discovery.

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Neuroplasticity: The Brain’s Ability to Change Itself

Neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to reorganize itself, forming new connections and pathways in response to neurological damage, learning new skills, or creating new memories.

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Benefits and Challenges of 12-Step Work

Learning to ask for help is a critical part of effective 12-step group therapy.

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Changing the Way We Change

Learning how to achieve small goals creates a motivating sense of accomplishment and self-confidence.

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Attitudes and Skills for Co-Laboring

It is important to balance presenting one’s views (advocacy) with seeking the perspectives and knowledge of others (inquiry).

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Change: It Is About Doing and Not Doing

Learn how to develop positive, healthy approaches to achieving wellness goals.

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Antisocial Personality Disorder or Traits?

It is important to understand the many factors contributing to antisocial personality disorder.

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Perfectly Miserable

Perfectionist thinking plays a role in several diagnoses, including depression, anxiety disorders, excessive anger, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, and many relationship problems.

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Weathering Transitions in Religious Life

Despite the myriad challenges for religious communities experiencing transition, members are called to have faith that God worked through their efforts and that God continues to work today.

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Embrace Change For Fitness

Small changes in your exercise routine can yield big results.

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Hope Matters

With the experience of hope comes a sense of empowerment and inner strength.

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It Is Their Drama, Not Yours

An overview of the purpose and positive benefits of psychodrama in a therapeutic setting.

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Make Some Resolutions To Your Resolutions

Safe, practical resolutions for the over-exerciser and under-exerciser alike.

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An Open Letter to Seminary Formators

Some underlying issues can be addressed during initial formation to help prevent problems in the future.

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Holy Narcissism

It is important to make a distinction between pathological or malignant narcissism and healthy narcissism or self-love.

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Chronic Pain and Depression

There are a number of psychological and biological similarities between chronic pain and depression.

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Will I Get Better in Treatment?

A candid overview of the typical success rates for common disorders and recommendations for managing expectations of the healing process.

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Lessons Learned From A Marathon

In recovery, an individual is able to tap into mental, emotional, social and even physical resources when they encounter difficulty.

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Timeshifting

We can re-learn how to rest by paying attention to the pace and rhythms of our bodies and emotions.

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The Softer Side Of Fitness

Relaxation is an essential element in fitness that allows our bodies to make some changes. A fitness plan must be well-rounded enough to give the body a chance to benefit.

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Art Therapy and Healing

Art therapy can be a revealing and very powerful part of the healing process.

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Understanding & Treating Psychoses and Schizophrenia

Although many times a psychotic process does not completely go away and requires life long treatment, with appropriate care, the person’s condition may improve so they can lead a fuller and more rewarding life.

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Adults

An overview of the causes, impact and treatment options for adults with ADHD.

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Mindfulness: Living With The Lights On

Mindfulness helps us to live life “with the lights on,” and to see God’s ongoing gift of creation with open eyes.

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Busyness

Why are we so busy? Do we have a choice? What are the emotional and spiritual consequences?

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Understanding and Treating Bipolar Disorder

Medication, psychotherapy, and psycho-education are essential for successful treatment of bipolar disorder.

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Spontaneity and Health

Spontaneity helps us adjust to stressful events more readily and can be critical to the recovery process.

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