McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School

The Spirituality and Mental Health Program is a multifaceted initiative to meet the spiritual needs of McLean patients by providing spiritually-integrated care within multiple clinical programs throughout the hospital. In addition, the initiative provides chaplaincy services, develops new methods to incorporate faith into clinical treatment, conducts research on the relevance of spirituality to anxiety, mood, substance use, and other disorders, and trains and educates to raise greater awareness about spirituality and mental health. We are available due to philanthropic generosity.

Studies have shown that more than 50% of patients receiving medical or psychological care express a desire to discuss spiritual matters with their health care providers. Whether they are seeking help for depression, anxiety, addiction, or other psychiatric conditions, thousands of people avail themselves of McLean’s clinical services each year through one or more of our inpatient, residential, day treatment or outpatient programs.

Under the leadership of David H. Rosmarin, PhD, ABPP, the Spirituality and Mental Health Program works with nurses, social workers, mental health counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, and other clinicians throughout the hospital in order to offer individuals spiritually-sensitive care within a world class medical center.

McLean is uniquely poised to advance best practices in spirituality and mental health on a broader scale. The Spirituality and Mental Health Program thus aims to create replicable services and training programs and greatly advance current knowledge about spiritual issues for psychiatry, and ultimately change the field’s approach to spirituality and mental health by disseminating our practices and findings to other medical centers around the world.

Books by McLean Authors

McLean Hospital staff have penned more than 50 books in recent years, including Dr. David Rosmarin, author of Spirituality, Religion, and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: A Guide for Clinicians.

Treatment Approach

The Spirituality and Mental Health Program conducts clinical, research, and educational activities across multiple clinical programs throughout the hospital. We coordinate spiritually-based treatment groups for patients and their families. We also provide a chaplaincy service for those who seek a more individually tailored approach to the integration of their spirituality in the context of their care at McLean.

To facilitate referrals to McLean programs and ease the process of transition after discharge, the program maintains relationships with regional and national leaders of religious communities.

Alongside these clinical initiatives, the Spirituality and Mental Health Program engages in research collaborations with laboratories and clinical programs throughout the hospital into the clinical relevance of spirituality to mental health, including the effectiveness of spiritually-integrated interventions. The program also educates the public about these topics by disseminating key findings through the media. View publications from the Spirituality and Mental Health Program.