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Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St Petersburg

Behavioral Health Project Description

Mission of the Behavioral Health Project of Catholic Charities DOSP
The mission of the Behavioral Health Project is based on the Mission of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Petersburg (CCDOSP).

Mission Statement
Catholic Charities serves with charity and compassion to promote the sanctity and dignity of all people with God. As a member of Church, Catholic Charities offers hope by helping those in need and unites with others in service.

Given this Mission Statement of Catholic Charities, the following is the Behavioral Health Project Mission:

Mission of the Behaviorial Health Project of CCDOSP

The Behavioral Health Project of CCDOSP aims to provide services with charity and compassion to promote the emotional, physical and behavioral well being of all people who live within the Diocese of St Petersburg. The services to be provided are to be offered to instill hope in those in need while uniting with and supporting the providers of mental health, substance abuse and other behavioral health services within the Diocese of St. Petersburg. 
Value Statement of the Behavioral Health Project of Catholic Charities DOSP

The value statement of the Behavioral Health Project is based on the value statement of Catholic Charities:
Value Statement
Catholic Charities makes a Commitment to Serve all people with Respect, Compassion and Cooperation in the spirit of a unifying God.

Given this Value Statement the Value Statement of the Behavioral Health Project is:

Value Statement of Behavioral Health Project of CCDOSP

The Behavioral Health Project makes a Commitment to Serve all people with Respect, Compassion and Cooperation in the spirit of a unifying God.

Goals of Project - As of January 2017

Components of Project

1. The Provider Technical Assistance Program focused on training those in pastoral, spiritual, and leadership roles with technical training to better handle dealing with individuals with physical, mental health and substance use disorders and to improve staff morale in the various administrative departments and parishes within the diocese- start date no later than July 1, 2017.

Develop a Comprehensive Mental Health/Substance Abuse Curriculum for the Project’s Training Programming for Priests, Deacons, Sisters and other clergy or Parish Staff Members in the Diocese who want more in-depth training in how to deal with parishioners, community members and program clients who need more intense counseling due to: Suicide, Substance Abuse, PTSD, Veteran and Military Issues, Chronic and Persistent mental illness etc.

Develop a Leadership Training Program with an emphasis on Responsivity to the needs of our consumers, be they parishioners, staff, students, clients in our service programs, and community members in our region of Florida with a focus on:

  • The CAN-DO attitude needed to enrich an organization
  • Productive ways to improve the culture of an organization
  • Ways to insure the corporate culture remains healthy
  • Steps to achieve to gain consumer loyalty in our Diocesan Organizations
  • Risk taking and its benefits to improving the culture in an organization
  • What it takes to be a “change agent” within an organization          


2. The Wellness Program (Psychoeducational Programming offered at the local level in parishes and/or deaneries)- start date no later than July 1, 2017.

Develop Psychoeducational Programming Modules for a Network of Behavioral Health Counselors and other Mental Health Professionals in the diocese on topics including:

  1. Marital Enrichment and/or Pre-Marital Assessment and Decision Making (based on Marriage Workout:
  2. Parenting Programs for Parents of children with 1. Preschoolers, 2. Elementary age, 3. Middle school age; 4. High Schoolers; 5. College and working age; and 6. Adult Children (based on Pathfinder Parenting: Raising Responsible Children:
  3. Balanced Lifestyle Program-A Health Supportive Wellness Program (based on Balanced Lifestyle: )
  4. Self-Esteem Seekers Anonymous Program (SEA’s Program) a 12 Step Program which can be conducted in the community through Faith Based Counselors in local parishes (based on )
  5. Tools for Handling Loss:
  6. Tools for Personal Growth: 
  7. Handling Stress, Progressive Relaxation, Meditation, Mindfulness etc.:
  8. Time Management:
  9. Tools for Relationships:
  10. Tools for Communications:
  11. Tools for Anger Workout:
  12. Tools for Handling Control Issues:
  13. Victorious Living-Scriptural Foundation for Healthy Living and Coping:
  14. Tools for Healing One’s Inner Child:
  15. Other topics on the Tools for Coping Series on

3. Interface with the BayCare Parish Assistance Program
The Behavioral Health Project will work closely with the BayCare Parish Assistance Program and offer their faith based counselors technical assistance and training to conduct wellness programs in the parishes for which they provide this program.

To Do List for Project:


Steps to be taken by Project Director prior to July 1, 2017:

1. Identification of the components of the project which will address specific targeted populations in our diocese including:

  1. People at risk for suicide and implementation of Prevention and Intervention Programs which help them to not feel like a burden to others and recognize that they are Children of God whom He loves and cares about and is putting His helpers in their present lives to help them grow in hope and trust in His Goodness in their life so that they can cope in more productive ways and handle the issues in their current lives in a healthy and safe manner.
  2. Children and Adults with histories of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE factors) and steps to take to help increase their resilience and improve their physical and emotional wellbeing
  3. The stress of aging and programming to help adjust to the new life style that retirement, or becoming a Senior Citizen or becoming less than what they were when they were young brings to their lives
  4. Homeless who also suffer chronic and persistent mental health disorders and substance use disorders and finding stable enough setting to address their emotional and behavioral needs so that they can get on with their lives and gain training and skills to gain full employment and permanent homes
  5. People below the financial cut off for Medicaid and not able to afford health insurance on their own
  6. Individuals with unidentified substance use disorders and/or mental health disorders with special focus on dealing with co-morbidities
  7. Pre-marital, marital, post-divorce, annulment counseling for couples dealing with the emotional strain of coping with the stress these circumstances bring to their lives
  8. Handling the stress of pregnancy, childbirth, parenting and empty nest syndrome within couple, marital and family relationships
  9. The emotional adjustment of being an immigrant (documented or not documented) and learning how to “fit in” and adjust to this new life style in America
  10. The “Millennial Syndrome” of youth questioning the American Dream, their futures, the uncertainty of life and suspicion as to how their current spiritual homes will provide them the appropriate guidance to help them gain hope for their future and peace in their current lives
  11. People suffering from the current Opioid, Pain Killer and Heroin Epidemic, to find a safe nurturing place to recover, regain their way and embrace a lifetime of recovery which their Spiritual Home can provide (need for 12 Step like Recovery Programs in church settings)
  12. People with Disabilities, Chronic Illnesses, and other debilitating conditions who need emotional and physical supports to live as full lives as possible in safe and nurturing settings (need for special ministries in church settings to address this need)
  13. People who are dealing with grief and loss in their lives
  14. Assisting LGBT community members to cope with the trauma involved in the loss of family and community support once they come out to their families, friends and workplaces
  15. Working with the unemployed and underemployed to help them cope with the stressors in their lives so that they are better able to handle the emotional impact of needing to gain additional training and vocational coaching to gain employment in a different field than the one they were last working in
  16. Individuals (children, adolescents and adults) who are victims of bullying
  17. Individuals who have been released from incarceration and have a need to come to grips with their emotional response to the “reentry process”
  18. Individuals who need to cope with stress, anxiety and depression in their lives
  19. Individuals who suffer from Pornography and/or Computer Addiction
Wellness Program-Psychoeducational Programming of the Project: Developing Ongoing Continuing Educational Programming offered free of charge to The Network of Behavioral Health Counselors including programs on:
  1. Scriptural and spiritual basis for mental health and substance abuse counseling and intervention
  2. Motivational Interviewing
  3. Identifying and treating for Adverse Childhood Experiences
  4. Identifying effective clinical tools including
  5. Comprehensive Treatment Plans
  6. Clinical Assessments
  7. Clinical Interventional Tools
  8. Use of Apps to support treatment goals
  9. How to utilize Telehealth Technology in providing services to clients
  10. Evidence Based Suicide Prevention and Intervention
  11. Helping people to cope with grief and loss
  12. Evidence Based Practices for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders
  13. Effective Treatment for comorbid Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorders
  14. Solution Focused Brief Therapy
  15. Maintaining Healthy Ethical Boundaries with Clients
  16. Becoming a Behavioral Health Consultant in an Integrated Medicine Setting
  17. Preventing and Dealing with Compassion Fatigue and Burnout
  18. Improving Multicultural Competence to be more effective with clients from other cultures
  19. Review of Psychopharmacology in Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Treatment
  20. Review of Neurological basis for mental health functioning
  21. Treatment for Pornography and/or Computer Addiction
  22. How to organize a 12-Step Recovery Program at the Parish or Deanery Level