What We Offer
Individuals Couples Youth Families Groups
- Experience more happiness and peace, recover from depression, learn to live sober, break free from the effects of trauma.
- Restore harmony in relationships with children, your spouse, other family members; make deeper connections with friends and build community.
- Find your direction, live with more meaning and purpose.
- Handle life's transitions with grace, ease and support.
- Consultation and Education
- Workshops and Classes: Small groups, community and congregational seminars.
- Clergy Support: clergy spiritual renewal, continuing education and clergy family support.
- Supervision for Pastoral Counseling
The Counseling & Spiritual Care Center of Hawaii believes there is a close relationship between body, mind, spirit, and community and that the best counseling approach involves consideration of all four; however, our counselors also work with those who profess no religious ties or background. People seek counseling for help in facing difficult life situations such as conflicts in marriage and family life, depression, loss and grief, work stress, and anger management. Counseling may benefit persons who lack direction in life, who suffer a loss of meaning and purpose, or who face spiritual confusion. Pastoral counseling can provide guidance in coping with problems in living, in growing toward emotional and spiritual maturity, and enriching relationships through a deeper understanding of self and others.
How we are special
Our licensed, professional counselors and therapists know that there is a close relationship between body, mind, spirit, and community. Our approach considers all four, combining sci-ence with an understanding of religious tradition. Our counselors are trained to be sensitive to cultural context, respect the client's belief system and work with persons of all religious persuasions, including those who profess no religious ties.
Our mission is to provide professional and accessible counseling sensitive to the spiritual traditions of individuals, families, and communities in Hawaii. Our professional counselors and therapists understand the close relationship between mind, body, spirit and community. We combine the best practices of today with an understanding of the power of sacred traditions to enhance our lives.
We accept most major insurances and also have a client assistance fund to help low-income clients and those without insurance to access care.
The Counseling and Spiritual Care Center of Hawaii (formerly the Samaritan Counseling Center of Hawaii) is the culmination of a dream shared by two University of Hawaii at Mānoa social work students, Terry Fisher and Judy Hormell in 1984. They were motivated by and defined the Center's mission to support clients with faith-integrated counseling needs, regardless of their specific religious affiliation. Secondarily, they wished to provide professional counseling services to clients with a limited or no ability to pay. The Samaritan Institute in Denver, Colorado generously provided guidance and skillful leadership and in February 1989, SCCH opened its doors to the first clients. Over 20 years later, the co-founder and several of the founding Board members are still active on the Board.
Our therapists serve people across the lifespan. We provide individual, family/couples and group counseling. Whether you are experiencing the stresses of life's many transitions or in a major crisis, we are ready to meet your needs.
The unique perspective we bring is that we understand the domain of the spirit and how sacred traditions enhance our lives. We understand the important role that a spiritual life plays. It is not required that this be a part of treatment, but we do not ignore this important aspect of health.
Supporting clergy and ministers in their important job as spiritual leaders of their communities is also a part of our mission. In addition to minister psychological assessments and counseling, we offer two new programs designed specifically for clergy:
1. Minister Group Consultation
Develop leadership capacity and improve ministry through small group dialogue with clergy members representing different religious communities. Using a consultation model for discussion, this facilitated group will explore leadership issues through appreciative inquiry. Members identify topics by using a case consultation' method & selected readings from different perspectives. Examples of topics include Managing Change, Conflict in Congregations, or Growing the Membership.
2. Counseling Skills for Clergy
This is a three-part seminar series that covers basic counseling skills that can enhance ministry. The series provides an introduction to some common mental health problems in Western society. There is an overview of how ministers can support individuals and families through pastoral counseling. Topics include those most frequently encountered by ministers in the community (non-medical settings). Seminars can be tailored to specific cultural groups or offered for interfaith and multi-cultural participants.
Educational programs and community outreach to congregations are another way they we promote health. We have two types of congregational care programs:
1. Congregational Outreach
We provide outreach by speaking to congregations about our counseling and other services in various venues. We can speak during announcements; provide a table at resource fairs; provide adult education on mental health awareness and how we integrate spirituality into counseling to enhance the healing process. We can also provide services that speak to the mission of our center and how we are aligned with the ministries of many churches and temples.
2. Transformational Education for Congregations
These 1/2 day workshops can be offered as part of a weekend or Sunday program, or as a series of two evening meetings. These programs emphasize health and wellness in mind, body, spirit and community. The format is informational as well as experiential. Participants will hear about ideas, participate in exercises to go deeper with the information and have opportunities to role-play, question and discuss the topics. Two available topics are listed here, but other topics can be arranges by contacting the center directly.
Finding Balance-Women, Spirituality and Health
Finding Grace-Managing the Transitions of Aging
Partnership in Ministry Program
The partnership in ministry program supports and extends the ministry of a congregation or religious communities by making accessible the counseling, education and consultation services of the Center to the membership and the religious leadership. Partnerships can be renewed on an annual basis. Partner receive discounts and vouchers in exchange for an annual contribution to the center.
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