Mission: The pastoral institute offers counseling, consulting and educational resources to care for the emotional, relational and spiritual needs of individuals, families and communities.
Programs: Outpatient mental health treatment. There were approximately 3,828 intakes of new patients. There were 14,810 outpatient sessions provided. There were approximately 1,827 individuals in the community that participated in health fairs that provided mental health information and resources in addition to being screened for depression. In addition, 431 participants attended the divorcing parents program that is required by the state for couples who are divorcing and have children. Children's department. There were 2,898 outpatient services provided to children and adolescents. In addition, 26 social skills groups for children/teens with aspergers/autism, social anxiety and/or adhd were offered with a total of 213 that attended and completed the groups. This program continues to grow and currently has a waiting list for families seeking child assessments. In addition, professionals in this program have facilitated educational events to promote healthy lifestyles and assisting families on how to take care of yourself when raising children with special needs. Training of mental health professionals and pastoral counselors. Pastoral counselor training residents and interns provided 3,141 hours of individual, couples and family counseling for those with limited resources, and 1,445 hours of counseling and group psycho-education for homeless women in columbus. Training faculty offered graduate courses to trainees in the areas of pastoral counseling. The training partnership with columbus state university & ft. Benning completed 2014 with a graduating class of 3 u. S. Army family life chaplains. Additionally, faculty provided interdisciplinary cases conference, group video supervision, spiritual roots and theological integration groups for residents and interns and pastoral institute counseling staff. The training program is actively providing training in the areas of pastoral care and post traumatic stress disorder on the state and national level. Clergy resource center program assists members of the clergy and congregations through counseling, consultation and education. 18 clergy took part in our clergy-in-crisis program and our congregational assistance program consisted of 33 participating churches in 2014. The program conducted a total of 3 pastor psychological assessments, 103 clergy consultations, 24 clergy support group hours, 124 hours of clergy mentoring and phone consultations. In 2013, the pastoral care specialist program was re-introduced to help train and support clergy with regard to thinking about the church and ministry systemically. The program began in october with 13 participants who graduated in june of 2014. 77 ministry outreach meetings for clergy and congregations provided support to approximately 991 participants. Business resource center provides employee assistance programs (eap) to over 156 local organizations. Trauma services provided critical incident debriefing for 244 individuals resulting from 13 occurrences. There were approximately 1,673 employees from regional companies that attended training and development workshops. A total of 1,827 employees attended health fairs conducted at local organizations. Center for servant leadership fosters the development of a community that cares and cooperates, a community that emphasizes service to others, a balanced approach to work and the sharing of responsibility and recognition. The center works closely with columbus state university to educate and train students in servant leadership. Approximately 90 stipend students participated in 8,600 hours of community education and volunteer services in 2014. The senior class chose to recreate the very first senior project from 1999, a servant leadership conference for high school students. The vision for this conference was to provide students in columbus and surrounding areas with a free opportunity to learn about the values of servant leadership. The long-term goal of this conference was to serve as a resource for students taking servant leadership back into their individual communities to create a sustaining ripple effect. Attendees were broken into 4 different teams. Each team rotated through four different sessions: principles of servant leadership, team building, community outreach, and communication. Highlights of the conference included a presentation by jason mackenzie, columbus entrepreneur and owner of rideon bikes, and a volunteer reception where students were able to gather information and speack with representatives from several local agencies. We had about 80 students in attendance. In 2014, the center for servant leadership presented 42 workshops, 8 speaking engagements, and 9 dialogue sessions in 9 different cities and touched 1,613 lives. Emerging leaders is a new leadership training program launched in 2014 with columbus water works. 9 employees were selected to participate in this 9 month program designed to provide employees with the skill set to become future leaders in the company. The center continues to expand its monthly email newsletter to a national and international audience. The collaboration with brookstone school and hardaway high school continues to create partnerships with others who would like to spread servant leadership in our community and region. Right from the start (rfts) marriage and family initiative goals are to lower divorce rates, lower unwed pregnancy rates, and to increase father involvement in the lives of children in muscogee county. In 2014, rfts had 4. 740 individuals participate in an evidence-based relationship skills class, continuing the trend of impacting more people each year. 1,585 individuals heard the message of rfts at a community event. Through a strong partnership with the muscogee county school district and grant funding we have expanded the wait curriculum for sexual risk avoidance to 6th grade. In 2015 we expect to provide this training to over 4,000 public school students. In 2014 the program had 250 participants in the amazing marriage chase in uptown, the highest number of participants to date. Our annual luncheon had 300 participants and the program has launched a partnership with the columbus lions for the 2015 season to provide more all pro dad meetings for fathers and their children to strengthen their relationships.