CHAPLAINCY

The Chaplaincy Department seeks to foster the patient’s growth as a whole human being. It is helping the person to affirm their human existence and to develop human potentialities inherent in them. The pastoral concern is to give support during the recovery process and nurturing and helping patients in the interpersonal relationships. The purpose is to help patients discover meaning in their lives even in the midst of illness.

To cater to this task, a range of services are offered.

  • Professional Services: Working in an interdisciplinary setting the pastoral counsellor provides information to the other members of the treatment team about the religious ideation of the patients. An assessment from a religious point of view of the patients provides important information in understanding the patient’s needs.
  • Supportive counselling: This is provided to the chronically mentally ill and their families in collaboration with other mental health professionals.
  • Individual Counselling: The immediate goal is to reduce the impact of the illness and help the patient be at peace for the moment. The process goal of counselling is to discover insight into the unconscious factors that might have pre-disposed and precipitated the problem. The ultimate goal of counselling is to help the patient handle the stress of life and cope with crisis situations. It also helps the patient understand himself, solve his problems, make adjustments, change and develop potentialities for growth.
  • Family Counselling: Mental illness is also a family disease as it affects the normal functioning of all its members. The family is a context for individual growth and therefore a healthy interpersonal relationship among family members is vital for the patient’s recovery. SAN-KER provides psycho-education to the family members about the nature of the illness of the family member and the subsequent treatment process.
  • Group Counselling: Role plays in group counselling helps the patient reintegrate. It boosts his confidence after a psychotic attack and also helps them develop insight into their illness. During these sessions the patient is encouraged to ask questions about the nature of his illness and to clarify doubtsSubstance Dependence.
  • Community Meetings: There is a community meeting of all the patients and staff from 9am to 10am where the Chaplain takes a passage from the Bible as a Thought for the Day to be meditated upon.
  • Community Worship Services: Every Sunday morning there is a worship service for the patients and staff. Religious instruction is provided in the form of group discussions, individual teaching for specific and immediate religious needs. The Full Gospel Fellowship conducts a Bible study every Friday at 2pm.
  • After-Care and Outpatient Services: These consist of counselling sessions with patients and family members focussing on the problems they encounter as they reintegrate into society. Some patients use this facility to acquire psycho-education on particular illnesses and to learn coping strategies to the illness. The outpatient facility also caters to the needs of managing personal and interpersonal problems.