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Professionals in Crisis Program

Our Team

Our treatment team strives to understand and treat each individual as a whole person medically, psychologically, socially and spiritually. These multiple perspectives aid the evaluation of each person’s health, behavior and situations at work and home, as well as help in treatment planning.

A patient’s treatment team forms during the first days of a stay in Menninger’s Professionals in Crisis Program (PIC). This team includes the patient, a psychiatrist, a nurse and mental health associate, a psychologist, a psychiatric rehabilitation specialist and a social worker. If needed, specialists for addictions, eating disorders, suicidality or trauma can be added to the core team, and a neuropsychologist is routinely consulted. A full-time hospital chaplain is also available for ongoing spiritual consultation.
This team performs the following functions:
  • The psychiatrist generally leads and coordinates the team and manages medication.
  • Nursing staff are primary points of contact for patients throughout the day and attend to safety, physical and emotional healing, and wellness.
  • The social worker communicates with family and coordinates the aftercare discharge plan.
  • The individual therapist conducts psychotherapy, twice weekly.
  • The addictions counselor provides weekly addiction counseling and recovery support.
  • The psychiatric rehabilitation specialist helps each patient develop an individualized wellness and recovery plan, and leads groups related to wellness and creative expression.
  • The psychologist assesses for psychological testing needs, including personality assessment.
Together, the patient and treatment team set goals for treatment. With the diagnosis and goals in mind, the team designs an individualized course of treatment. This plan integrates empirically supported psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavior and family system approaches, with medication if it is needed.
Patients with addictions also receive additional therapy and education about addictions. They are encouraged to attend 12-step meetings such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous or Gamblers Anonymous. Rational Recovery and other evidence-based addictions work are also available.
Learn more about our program leaders.

Team Members

Mike McClam, MD, FAPA

Program Manager

Assistant Professor, Baylor College of Medicine


Dr. McClam is board certified in psychiatry and is a Fellow of the American Psychiatic Association.


Prior to joining Menninger, Dr. McClam was a staff psychiatrist at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Houston. He also served as a staff psychiatrist at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in Portsmouth, Va.


Upon graduating from medical school, Dr. McClam was commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy. He served in a variety of capacities in psychiatric medicine, including roles in support of both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has been awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Army Achievement Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, among others.


Dr. McClam graduated summa cum laude from Morehouse College with a bachelor of science degree and earned a medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine. He completed his psychiatry residency at Baylor and Menninger. 


Jennifer M. Jackson, BSN, RN-BC

Nurse Manager


A past recipient of a Pillar Award, Menninger's top employee award, Jennifer has served as the past chair of the Nursing Quality and Practice Council at Menninger. She is a member of the Texas Nurses Association, American Nurses Association, American Psychiatric Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau International, a nursing honor society.


Jennifer is currently pursuing a master's degree in nursing administration at the University of Texas at Arlington. She earned an undergraduate degree in psychology from Indiana University and a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington.



George Bombel, PhD

Staff Psychologist

Assistant Professor, Baylor College of Medicine.


Dr. Bombel's special expertise is in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, psychodynamic group consultation, personality assessment and clinical supervision.


His research interests include construct and predictive validity of personality assessment measures and scales. His most recent co-authored publications include "Standards, accuracy and questions of bias in Rorschach meta-analyses: reply to Wood, Garb, Nezworski, Lilienfeld and Duke" and "The validity of individual Rorschach variables: systematic reviews and meta-analyses of the comprehensive system," both of which were published in the journal Psychological Bulletin.


Dr. Bombel earned his doctorate degree in clinical psychology from the University of Toledo, his master's degrees in education from Washington State University and in psychology from the University of Toledo and his undergraduate degree in applied psychology and developmental psychology from Eastern Washington University.


He completed a post-doctorate fellowship at the Austen Riggs Center and a post-master's internship at the University of Texas Health Science Center - San Antonio.


Social Workers

Diane M. Benefiel, MSW, LCSW

Senior Social Worker


Diane has special expertise in grief, loss and substance abuse. Her research interests include grief and loss, mental illness in a medical hospital, palliative care and management training for social workers. She has presented at national conferences including the Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care and the Association of Oncology Social Workers. She is also a member of these professional organizations.


Diane earned her master's degree in social work from the University of Houston Graduate School of Social Work and her bachelor's degree from the University of St. Thomas in Houston.


Elizabeth Castrellón, LCSW

Senior Social Worker


A member of the National Association for Social Work, Elizabeth completed a post-master's fellowship in clinical social work at The Menninger Clinic. She earned her master's degree from the Smith College School for Social Work in Northampton, Mass., and her bachelor's degree in sociology from Rice University.


Lynn Q. Griffin, BA, MSSW, LCSW

Senior Social Worker


Lynn has extensive expertise in working with trauma victims, whether they be children, adolescents or adults, having had advanced training in trauma treatment, attachment therapy and family therapy, as well as significant cross-cultural experience. Her interests include the impact of yoga and non-verbal interventions on the remediation of trauma symptoms.


A member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society, Lynn earned her master's degree in science and social work from the University of Tennessee - Knoxville and her bachelor's degree from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn.


Psychiatric Rehabilitation Specialists

Chris Webb, CRC, CPRP, MT-BC

Rehabilitation Specialist


Chris has been with Menninger for 10 years. Her expertise includes dialectical behavior therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy skills, wellness planning, perfectionism, eating disorders and body image, music therapy, vocational assessments and counseling, functional assessments and leisure assessments. Her research interests include music therapy practices in psychiatry, music therapy and eating disorders, community integration and innovative practices in psychiatry and the creative arts.


Chris has presented at the national United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association conference and at the Houston Eating Disorders Specialists conference.


She is a member of the Gulf Coast Music Therapists, Southwest Texas Music Therapy Association, American Music Therapy Association, Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association, Houston Eating Disorders Specialists adn Sigma Alpha Iota, a professional music fraternity.


Chris earned her master's degree in rehabilitation counseling from the University of Kentucky and her bachelor's degree in music therapy from Sam Houston State University.