Center for Spirituality and Healthcare serves as a mechanism
for promoting spiritually based research, education, and treatment
in the field of mental health at NYU.
Physicians are coming to realize that spiritual needs—and
not just biomedical treatments—are important to people’s
ability to cope with illness. Some examples of the areas that
go beyond everyday practice are complementary and alternative
medicine, Twelve-Step programs, and meditation. And this is
true not only for certain physical problems, but also for
helping people understand what good health, psychological
well-being, and illness mean to them.
In order to address what people need for spiritual and emotional
support, our Center has undertaken a number of projects which
meet the highest standards of medical education, research,
and treatment. These include studies on training and practice
for physicians and nurses, on adolescent needs, on substance
abuse, and on treating mental illness.