A tale of two churches: the development of a Congregational Assistance Program.
PublisherJournal of Spirituality in Mental Health
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AbstractDrawing upon the principles of employee assistance programs, a congregational assistance program was piloted in two churches: one urban and one rural in Ontario, Canada. The developmental processes of a faith-inclusive, external counseling service with no direct-cost user fees is discussed highlighting the distinct issues addressed by each congregation. Despite uncertainties, the use of the program for a range of personal issues exceeded utilization expectations with the program’s ease of access, confidentiality and lack of fees cited as significant factors.
CitationSmit-Vandezande, M., Vander Vennen, M., Van Wyk, K. & Csiernik, R. (2013) A tale of two churches: the development of a Congregational Assistance Program. Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health, 15(1), 34-46.
Keywordcongregational assistance program
Employee assistance programs