This month’s issue of The Harvard Gazette featured an article on Bridges team member, David Rosmarin. Rosmarin is the director of McLean’s Spirituality and Mental Health Program and an assistant professor of psychology in Harvard Medical School’s Department of Psychiatry.
The article focuses on Rosmarin’s SPIRIT (Spiritual Psychotherapy for Inpatient, Residential, and Intensive Treatment) project, funded by the John Templeton Foundation through Bridges Consortium. The SPIRIT project shows the benefits of spiritually-integrated therapy. 90 percent of the voluntary patients in the SPIRIT trial reported getting something positive out of the sessions and found spiritual or religious resources helpful in their broader treatment. None reported negative effects.
Rosmarin is excited about this new push for spiritually-oriented psychology. He tells The Harvard Gazette that, “Considering that for more than 100 years, religion and psychiatry have been at opposite ends of the universe, it’s pretty neat to be bringing them together at such a large scale within an academic psychiatry center.”
You can read the full article here: https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2019/12/mclean-program-blends-spirituality-with-counseling/