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Southdown offers three types of assessments:

  • Clinical Assessment is for individuals experiencing significant stress arising from personal problems or some difficulty in ministry or relationships. The assessment offers an in-depth diagnostic evaluation to identify presenting issues and to assist the individual and leadership in implementing a plan to address the concerns. The objective is to identify specific and measurable goals for personal development and determine what course of action may be most appropriate and beneficial to the individual. (Clinical Assessment Brochure)
    • Assessment Plus offers an extended stay for more in-depth diagnostic evaluation to identify issues which may surface over the initial assessment period. These typically include compromised cognitive functioning or the need for medication management. This service assists the individual and leadership in implementing a plan to address the identified concerns.
  • Candidate Assessment is for persons considering entry into priesthood or religious life. Since 1985, Southdown’s assessment service has assisted vocation and formation directors, as well as the leadership of dioceses and religious congregations, to learn about their candidates’ ability to minister, to live in community, and to relate meaningfully with others. The assessments have also been an effective tool for formators as they assist the candidates in their development throughout the formation process. (Candidate Assessment Brochure)
  • Neuropsychological evaluation is a valuable aid to both the individual and his or her leadership in understanding and planning for how best to deal compassionately with concerns related to cognitive functioning, whether from aging, injury or substance abuse.

Assessment Process

For the individual, the assessment process begins with arrival on a Sunday in the late afternoon or early evening. This allows for time to become familiar with the building and to connect with the nurse on duty. Over the course of the next four days, the assessee will talk with our professional staff – a nurse, a psychologist, a spiritual director, and an addictions counselor – each of whom brings a particular expertise to the assessment process. A battery of psychological tests provides additional information about personality dynamics to supplement the interview data. (Assessment Process Brochure)

Assessment Scheduling

  • Flexible scheduling is available whenever the person or the referring leadership needs the service.
  • Each person is housed in a comfortable, private room. Accessible rooms are available for residents with mobility issues.
  • Liturgy is available daily as part of our emphasis on prayerful contemplation and reflection.

For additional information or to discuss individual needs or concerns, please call us at:
905 727 4214 or email us.

Program brochures:

Southdown – General Program Brochure

Religious Leaders, Southdown Board, Alumni and Staff talk about our healing mission in this video produced by Salt and Light TV:

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