Menninger has long been known for its commitment to the biopsychosocial model of care. In fact, tending to patients’ spiritual dimensions is an integral part of that treatment model.
The Clinic’s chaplain, Rev. Salvador Delmundo Jr., meets individually with patients who have a clinician’s order for a consultation and pastoral counseling. In these instances, he serves as part of the treatment team, as patients’ spiritual issues impact their treatment and wellness.
Weekly Christian and interfaith services are held on campus for both adult and adolescent patients. A Catholic deacon offers communion for Catholic patients each week and arranges for a priest to visit for confessions. Once a month, a rabbi leads a Jewish service and is available to meet with patients as needed. A Buddhist monk conducts meditation classes regularly and is available to meet with patients. When a patient asks to see clergy of their faith community, the chaplain makes the arrangements.
Menninger’s Interfaith Chapel
is home to many of these services. With seating for 32, the double-height space is entered through a beautiful stained-glass door. Stained glass also adorns panels on each side of the lectern. It features a custom-dyed tapestry by artist Carol LeBaron and enjoys a view onto a peaceful meditation garden.
The Clinic has a labyrinth located in the heart of the campus. This sacred space is available for meditation walks and reflection.
Values & Meaning Groups
The chaplain is responsible for leading the treatment-focused Values & Meaning groups for each program. In the groups, patients explore their own values, beliefs and perspectives, complementing what they learn in other educational and therapeutic groups. These groups help motivate patients to commit to achieving and sustaining wellness.
Chaplain Delmundo is a graduate of the Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary in the Philippines and completed a clinical pastoral education residency at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in the Texas Medical Center. He was recently honored with one of five 2011 Pillar Awards, The Clinic’s highest honor for employees who demonstrate Menninger’s values of excellence, teamwork, hope, integrity and caring.