Catholic Charities development of a Behavioral Health Counseling program has been temporarily halted. However, you may still learn about the program parameters below, including a Diocesan-approved counseling network (third link), as well as about Coping.us, a behavioral health project consisting of online self-help library of tools and resources provided by Dr. Jim Messina and Constance Messina.
Mission of the Behavioral Health Project of Catholic Charities:
The Behavioral Health Project of CCDOSP aims to provide services with charity and compassion to promote the emotional, physical and behavioral well being of all people who live within the Diocese of St Petersburg. The services to be provided are to be offered to instill hope in those in need while uniting with and supporting the providers of mental health, substance abuse and other behavioral health services within the Diocese of St. Petersburg.
Value Statement of the Behavioral Health Project of Catholic Charities:
The Behavioral Health Project makes a Commitment to Serve all people with Respect, Compassion and Cooperation in the spirit of a unifying God.
Jim Messina, Ph.D., CCMHC, NCC, DCMHS-T
Licensed Psychologist PY2445
Behavioral Health Professional
Project Website: http://coping.us/behavioralhealthprojectccdosp.html
Dr. Messina’s Biography:
Since 2010, Dr. Messina has been an Instructor at the Troy University Tampa Bay Site Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program. Prior to that he worked for 20 years beginning in 1980 as the Behavioral Health Consultant at United Cerebral Palsy in Tampa where he worked with a team of Rehabilitation Specialists, Neurologists and Pediatricians in providing behavioral medicine interventions. After retiring from private practice in 2000, Jim worked at St Joseph’s Hospital for 5 years and also spent 7 years working in rehabilitation and nursing facilities with Primary Care physicians in an Integrated Care Model.
Dr. Messina has authored 16 books which are available free on his website www.coping.us. He has written and spoken on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Integrated Primary Care Model of Behavioral Medicine since the ACA was signed into law. Jim was the co-founder and second President of the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) and was on the founding board of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). He is currently the Treasurer of Florida Mental Health Counselors Association (FMHCA) and the Coordinator of the Integrated Medicine Community on the AMHCA Connection website.