Bridging Mental Health and Chaplaincy
The three Bridging Mental Health and Chaplaincy Videos presented here provide introductory education on the rationale and basic considerations for integrating mental health and chaplain services.
Bridging Video #1 addresses the need to consider including spiritual care providers as part of the treatment team in an effort to provide holistic, patient-centered care. This video covers the rationale for integrating mental health and chaplain services, research findings in the domain of religion, spirituality, and health, and cautionary considerations in interpreting and applying research findings.
Bridging Video #2 features an in-depth examination of the similarities between the disciplines of psychology and chaplaincy in terms of their use of, and emphasis on, narrative. It explores the concept of narrative and narrative medicine, the way in which various disciplines can use narrative to improve patient care, and highlights potential benefits of including chaplains on treatment teams, given their unique perspectives on narrative.
Bridging Video #3 focuses on the research that has been conducted at VA and DOD sites regarding chaplaincy as it relates to mental health care, as well as the roles and duties of VA and DOD chaplains, and the strides that the mental health field has made in the inclusion of spirituality as a component of holistic health care. Research findings from the Integrated Mental Health Strategy report on chaplains’ roles in the VA and DOD are discussed, as well as an in-depth exploration of what chaplains do and what they can offer mental health care, and ways in which the mental health field is bridging towards spirituality.