Cutting-edge Behavioral Healthcare is holistic & integrated with all life domains …

Effective treatment presumes accurate understanding of any targeted condition, and the whole-person nature of behavioral health disorders therefore argues strongly in favor of integrated, whole-person approaches to improving quality-of-life and level-of-functioning for those we serve. Strides have been made, and will continue to be advanced, in the area of integrated primary care services for improved physical health. The model of Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC)1 has become positioned as a primary strategy for improving the delivery of fully-integrated, “one-stop shopping” care that is as coordinated and comprehensive as possible, for the benefit of the service recipient. Another domain of human functioning that has been historically bifurcated and under-included is that of the spiritual. As long-recognized by the Motivational Interviewing model, all clients have personal values, increasingly recognized as potent sources of motivation to drive efforts to change in pursuit of each client’s desired life-worth-living. Some clients subscribe to a framework of beliefs, or faith practice, that represents additional resources and potential natural supports for the advancement of their healing and recovery. Confusion about the separation of church and state has sometimes gotten in the way of addressing this important domain in publicly-funded settings, but no less a secular entity than the World Health Organization has included the evaluation of spiritual beliefs in its research since 2011, when it introduced its statistically reliable and valid Spiritual Health Scale.2,3  Cutting-edge behavioral healthcare providers now routinely assess for the presence & type of religious or spiritual beliefs & practices that are recognized by each unique client, with subsequent efforts made to include such in treatment if/as the client desires. Housing stability, and financial and vocational well-being are also being increasingly recognized as both evidence of client well-being and stability, as well as motivation and support for attaining and maintaining a satisfying quality and level of functioning that may not yet be realized, and the effective behavioral healthcare provider of the 21st century will include and integrate all such domains in a holistic manner.


2 Dhar N, Chaturvedi S, Nandan D. Spiritual Health scale 2011: Defining and Measuring the 4th Dimension of Health. Indian J Community Med. 2011 Oct;36(4):275-82.

3 World Health Organization. (‎2002)‎. WHOQOL-SRPB field-test instrument : WHOQOL spirituality, religiousness and personal beliefs (‎SRPB)‎ field-test instrument : the WHOQOL-100 questions plus 32 SRPB questions, 2012 revision. World Health Organization.