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RACN & Cokesbury Counseling Center

9919 Kingston Pike

Knoxville, TN 37922




Assessment and Treatment for Pastors and Church Staff


To serve those clergy persons and church staff who are struggling with emotional or mental health issues.   These challenges include:

  • chemical addictions
  • obsessive or compulsive behaviors
  • codependency
  • pornography
  •  sex addiction
  • marital or relationship conflicts
  • burnout as the result of workaholism


Clinicians and the pastoral staff from the Cokesbury Counseling Center (CCC) and the Recovery at Cokesbury Network (RACN) will develop customized treatment plans that will propel individuals toward holistic recovery.


At the recommendation of district superintendents and/or conference episcopacy, clergy and church staff will attend a weeklong series of batteries and assessments to determine what course of action they should pursue. Clergy are encouraged to reach out to their conference leadership before their conference leadership is forced to reach out to them, but candidates will only be accepted if they receive a referral from said leadership



While initial inquiries from individuals or their conference representatives may take place via email, the client will be required to complete an intake assessment over the phone at least two weeks before visiting Knoxville for evaluation. Additionally, the client will need to secure a medical physical to assess his/her capacity to receive mental health services and to identify any underlying medical conditions which might exacerbate their current condition. Other pre-assessment paperwork may be assigned as is relevant to each client on an individual basis.


All phases of assessment, up to and including the furnishing of a treatment plan, will take place at the CCC or Cokesbury Church in Knoxville, Tennessee. Transportation to and in Knoxville are the responsibility of the client at the discretion of their home conference. Housing in Knoxville will be arranged by the RACN prior to the client’s arrival. Staff from CCC and RACN will be available to assist the client as needed upon their arrival in Knoxville and throughout their stay.


  • Initial Intake
  • Schedule an appointment for 2 weeks after receiving requested documentation
  • Day One (Monday) – Client Arrives in Knoxville
  • CCC or RACN staff will welcome client and ensure their housing needs for the visit are met
  • Day Two (Tuesday) – Clinical Assessment
  • Assessment of mental health history, family of origin issues, and current stressors
  • Readings will be assigned on an as needed, individual basis to be completed prior to next counseling session
  • Client will have access to healthy activities and support personnel
  • Day Three (Wednesday) – Psychological Testing
  • Client will complete 2 objective personality tests and other assessments TBD based on information garnered from Day One’s intake assessment
  • Client will have an opportunity for an extended therapy intensive session
  • Day Four (Thursday) – Therapy Intensive
  • Client will receive multiple hours of individual therapy
  • Treatment team (clinicians and pastors) will discuss assessments and therapy sessions to prepare a comprehensive treatment plan for the client
  • Client will have access to healthy activities and support personnel
  • Day Five (Friday) – Treatment Plan
  • Client will meet with primary counselor to receive treatment plan
  • Client and counselor will set short and long-term goals for the client
  • Appointments will be made as needed for inpatient, residential, IOP, or outpatient treatment centers