Shalem’s Congregation Assistance Program (CAP) continues to grow as additional congregations and more denominations see the value of this model in providing accessible, Christian counselling services for their church families.
CAP is a program through which faith communities can provide faith-based counselling support to all their members. Beginning in 2009 with 5 churches from 1 denomination, CAP is currently used by 51 churches from 6 denominations!
In addition, several schools have recognized the value of being able to provide counselling to their students, and have adopted the program as well! Find out more about the Counselling Assistance Plan for Students (CAPS) program, including a list of the schools involved, and information about how you can get your school on the list!
Together, the CAP and CAPS programs have provided over 2500 session of counselling in 2014 alone, resulting in 542 households receiving necessary personal, emotional, relational or mental health support.
Shalem’s Clergy Care program is also growing. This program provides a unique counselling support for Clergy and their families, and in 2014, 118 sessions were provided.
Clients of all of these programs continue to provide positive feedback. Some report that the CAP program removed the financial barriers that many families experiencing in accessing counselling support. Other clients express appreciation for the way the CAP service supported their families in dealing with difficult issues or unexpected crises in healthy ways.
If you are wondering how this program might benefit your faith community, school or organization, don’t hesitate to contact Marg, our CAP and CAPS coordinator.