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 needs of patients.

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 provide the following services for patients:

  • Disorder-specific curriculum developed by staff
  • 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)
  • Chapel, including a spiritual resource library (Brown Deer, West Allis and Oconomowoc)

2015/2016 Highlights:

In 2015/2016, the Chaplains made 7,505 patient contacts through one-to-one and group sessions. This is up 28% since last year. In fact, due to increased patient care needs in the past seven years, Spiritual Care has nearly tripled weekly patient contacts and doubled the number of group sessions and Chaplain hours.

Scrupulosity manual was published: In conjunction with Dr. Brad Riemann, PhD, and Mark Rossing, MD, Chaplain Carol Jefferies completed a 93 page resource entitled “Religious Scrupulosity: A Training Manual,” which will be used with Rogers’ patients with a diagnosis of religious scrupulosity, an obsessive compulsive disorder which negatively impacts faith and spirituality. The handbook has been used to train clinical staff to more effectively serve our patients dealing with scrupulosity.

Spirituality group sessions started at Rogers in Brown Deer, Wisconsin: Rogers Behavioral Health sessions took hold at Rogers Behavioral Health – Brown Deer. Two of the groups occurred each week on the adult inpatient unit and have been well received.

New Chaplain joined the team: Reverend Better Flannagan, M.Div., joined the spiritual care team. Better possesses a bachelor’s degree in social work and a master’s of divinity.


“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.”


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