At the Center for Anxiety, we understand the important role clergy and religious leaders often play with congregants who are struggling. In the United States, individuals who suffer from mental distress are considerably more likely to seek support from clergy (25%) than mental health professionals (16.7%), even for impairing mental disorders (Health Services Research, 2003). Further, in several recent studies, more than 50% of patients seeking mental health treatment report a desire to address spiritual matters in treatment (Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology, 2016).
Under the guidance of clinic founder David H. Rosmarin, PhD, ABPP, the experts at the Center for Anxiety incorporate a sensitivity to and knowledge of spiritual issues into our work. Dr. Rosmarin is recognized as a clinical innovator whose work on integrating spirituality into cognitive behavioral therapy has wide acclaim, including media attention from ABC, NPR, Scientific American, the Boston Globe and the New York Times. In addition to directing the Center for Anxiety, Dr. Rosmarin’s roles as director of the Spirituality and Mental Health Program at McLean Hospital and a part-time assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School underlies our sensitivity to issues of spirituality and the connection between religion and mental health.
We offer training sessions designed specifically to educate religious leaders on mental health issues. In addition, our team of specialists is available for confidential consultations. Please contact us for more information.
Through an ongoing collaboration with the Center for Kehilla Development in Jerusalem, we have developed a series of workshops for clergy in how to serve as first responders for mental health needs within religious communities. Specific topics include:
- Current information about the prevalence, severity & impact of mental disorders.
- Introduction to the principles and practices of evidence-based treatments such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
- The relevance of spirituality/religion to mental health.
- In-depth lectures about scrupulosity (religious OCD), psychosis, self-injury, and community-based prevention of sexual abuse.
Please contact us for more information or to arrange for a workshop (groups of 10 or more participants only, please).