The Pastoral Care department at F.R.E.S.H. Counseling Solutions is dedicated to providing spiritual and emotional support to individuals of all denominations, ages, race, creed or national origin. We can facilitate and assist with the relationship between the patient and other hospital departments and/or patients and their own faith community.
We provide the following services and ministries:
Supportive visitation and pastoral counseling Crisis intervention Communication with area community clergy and congregations Prayer Grief and bereavement support relating to issues of loss Assistance in decision making and ethics consultations Information and assistance with Health Care Proxy Assistance at family conferences
The Pastoral Care Program is an advocacy effort to find practical methods of incorporating spirituality into the mental health programs of individuals that may not have previously considered its benefits. Of particular concern is the African-American community.
There is a powerful
relationship between spirituality and mental health in the African American
culture, though the systemic impact is not entirely clear. Black clergy, as
Pastoral Counselors, often provide the only mental health care many individuals
and families receive. The Pastoral Care Program will explore some of the alternatives of
integrating spirituality into secular mental health programs, expanding
treatment options, and the implications from psychological, and sociological,
scientific and economic perspectives.
By identifying the role of Black clergy,
reasons African- Americans traditionally do not seek mental health treatment,
and proposing actions to increase participation, this program will determine when
and which areas of treatment spirituality are most applicable. Through
increased awareness of spirituality as a potential resource in mental health
prevention, intervention, and recovery, clinicians can build a more effective
practice and clients experience an enhanced sense of empowerment and positive
quality of life. By incorporating spirituality in wellness and recovery centers
and training mental health clinicians on spiritual assessment, spirituality can
play a positive role in mental health recovery.