Continuing Care services are an integral part of Southdown’s residential program. This follow-up program provides crucial support to both the individual and diocesan or community leadership during the critical period following residential treatment for a minimum of 18 months.
During the last month of residency, participants meet weekly, both as a group and individually, with a Continuing Care Coordinator to reflect on their experience and to prepare for the transition back to ministry and daily life. A Discharge Planning Conference—a meeting with the resident, the primary therapist and the leadership representative—is facilitated by the Continuing Care Coordinator.
Following residential treatment, each individual is scheduled to return to Southdown for a minimum of two intensive workshops. The first three-day workshop is usually scheduled between three and six months following residential discharge, with a second workshop scheduled around the 14 – 18-month mark. At these workshops, wellness issues specific to each individual, as well as concerns regarding ministry or placement, are addressed.
Each person’s leadership representative is invited to attend the first day of the initial workshop. Sessions specifically directed toward leadership concerns, including strategies for intervention and mental health education are provided.
The Continuing Care Coordinator maintains contact with former residents and their leadership in various ways. At any time during the post-residential period, the Coordinator is available for consultation with leadership.
To contact a Continuing Care Coordinator, please call 905 727 4214 or email us.
Religious Leaders, Southdown Board, Alumni and Staff talk about our healing mission in this video produced by Salt and Light TV: