Nurturing Body, Mind…and Spirit
Rogers Behavioral Health believes in treating the whole person – body, mind and spirit. As a result, Rogers offers spiritual care resources developed specifically to assess and address the spiritual or religious needs during treatment. Spiritual needs may include unresolved life questions, such as how an individual makes sense of their mental health situation, or how they define good and bad. Or, a person may be looking for the contiued sense of hope and community offered by their religion, which spiritual care can offer.
This program is sustained solely by private donations made through the Foundation. It is offered free of charge to patients and serves all faith backgrounds and worldviews. The spiritual care staff collaborates with the patients’ treatment teams as a part of the multi-disciplinary approach offered at Rogers.
Donations to this program directly contribute to all day-to-day operations of the department, including the salaries for three part-time chaplains and one full-time Spiritual Care Manager. This enables us to offer the following resources, depending on the patient’s treatment goals, program, medical status, and location:
- Spiritual care reflection groups within the patient’s treatment program
- Individual consultations with a chaplain
- On-site ecumenical worship services (Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Christmas Eve Day)
- On-site, one-to-one sessions with community clergy
- Transportation to churches for worship (in selected programs and not during the COVID-19 pandemic)
- Chapel, including a spiritual resource library (Brown Deer, West Allis and coming soon to Oconomowoc)
In 2018/2019, Chaplains made 6,825 patient contacts across all of its services.
The completed number of one-to-one consultations at the Oconomowoc, Brown Deer, and West Allis locations increased 16% over the previous year due to a greater desire for the individual attention these consults provide.
Onsite holiday services facilitated by Rogers’ Chaplains included Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, and Christmas Eve day. Due to the high number of residential patients at the Oconomowoc campus, two services were offered on both Christmas Eve day and Easter Sunday, resulting in a 45% increase in patient attendance.
There was a 14% increase in attendance at offsite worship services, including individuals who attended the Jewish High Holiday services offsite with staff accompaniment.
As far a onsite visits, there were 46 total clergy visits (41 for adults and 5 for adolescents). While the majority of requests were for Catholic priests, there were many religions represented, including Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Jehovah’s Witness, Presbyterian, and Unity.
Patients requested 420 Bibles and other devotionals to take home after treatment. These spiritual resources were distributed free of charge.
The Spiritual Care department accepted its first intern, contributing to the growing importance of spirituality in the behavioral health setting.
“Spiritual Care was the most significant part of the treatment process for me. When I came to Rogers, I was spiritually bankrupt. Then one day the Chaplain from Rogers walked in, and I decided to go to the group session. It changed my life, and I came to believe very quickly. But it was all so new, it was like I didn’t know what to do – I didn’t even know how to pray. The Chaplain told me, ‘Prayer isn’t about the position of the body, but the attitude of the heart,’ and that made so much sense. I think of that quote at least once a day when I pray.”