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.