Southdown offers two types of Assessments:

  • Clinical Assessment
  • Candidate Assessment

Our Clinical and Candidate Assessments can be tailored according to individual needs, or to meet the specific requirements of the referring entity.

All assessments are conducted in a welcoming, respectful, culturally sensitive and collaborative manner, ensuring client confidentiality, and privacy in accord with all mandatory reporting obligations.

Assessments are offered in person at Southdown’s fully accessible campus in Holland Landing, ON or virtually through a secure, encrypted video conference platform.

Assessment services are available in English, French and Spanish.

Clinical Assessment

Our multidisciplinary Clinical Assessment is designed for ordained clergy, vowed religious, and lay pastoral ministers who may be experiencing symptoms of distress, arising from personal problems or some difficulty in ministry or relationships.

At Southdown, our comprehensive and integrated model for clinical assessment offers an in-depth diagnostic evaluation of the presenting issues and assists the individual and leadership in creating and implementing a tailor-made plan to address key areas of concern.

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. Possible recommendations in the evaluation may include Outpatient care or referral to Residential treatment.

Candidate Assessment

Our multidisciplinary Candidate Assessment is designed for individuals who are discerning entry into ordained priesthood, vowed religious life, transitional diaconate, vocational diaconate or permanent diaconate.

At Southdown, our comprehensive approach to candidate assessment serves to underscore aspects of mature development and offers insight pertaining to the candidate’s strengths and areas of growth. Assessment’s assist 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.

All candidate assessments are conducted in accord with best practice guidelines of the local ecclesiastical authorities.