North Academic Center
We study and implement an integrative lifespan-development and prevention-science based program of Clergy Outreach and Professional Engagement (COPE), which facilitates the de facto continuum of care between community clergy and mental health clinicians. COPE investigates responses to emotional distress and mental disorders by religious communities, as well as responses to religiosity by clinicians. Our community-based participatory research includes people with lived experience and their families.
COURSES DEVELOPED and TAUGHT AT CITY COLLEGE
1. Identity Formation across Culture Frontiers: Enculturation, Immigration, Acculturation
2. Prevention/Promotion Science to Change Risk/Resilience of Mental Health
3. Human Creativity and the Development of Religion
4. The Peopling of New York City and the Civic Engagement of their Religions (Macaulay Honors Class)
Culture and Health
Culture is developmentally biological. Each healthy human brain born today could be nurtured into any culture, learn any language, receive any religion. The language(s) we learn, and the culture(s) we integrate are mediated by our interpersonal relationships across the lifespan.
The foundation of Dr. Milstein’s work is the study of how beliefs are imbued in us through our cultural milieus. His bilingual (Spanish & English) research follows three paths:
Religion and Mental Health:
Implement prevention science models to facilitate the continuity of mental health care, through collaboration between clergy and clinicians.
Immigration & Psychological Resilience:
Identify variables that promote resiliency, in response to the developmental disruptions caused by migration.
Through interpersonal relationships the abstract ideas that are culture become material in the neurophysiology of the developing human brain.
Selected Recent Presentations:
To Chaplains from the Departments of Defense & Veterans Affairs
To Community Hospital Chaplains
Religion and Mental Health
Continuity of Mental Health Care through –
COPE: Clergy Outreach & Professional Engagement –
COPE Diagrams (Click for PDF)
Peer Reviewed Publications:
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Milstein, G., Manierre, A., Susman, V., & Bruce, M. L. (2008). Implementation of a Program to Improve the Continuity of Mental Health Care through Clergy Outreach and Professional Engagement (C.O.P.E.). Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 39(2), 218-228.
Milstein, G., Midlarsky, E., Link, B. G., Raue, P. J., & Bruce, M. L. (2000). Assessing problems with religious content: a comparison of rabbis and psychologists. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 188(9), 608-615.
> Gender Difference
Milstein, G., Bruce, M. L., Gargon, N., Brown, E., Raue, P. J., & McAvay, G. (2003). Religious practice and depression among geriatric homecare patients. The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, 33(1), 71-83.
> Ethnic Difference
Guarnaccia, P. J., Parra, P., Deschamps, A., Milstein, G., & Argiles, N. (1992). Si dios quiere: Hispanic families' experiences of caring for a seriously mentally ill family member. Culture Medicine and Psychiatry, 16(2), 187-215.
Milstein, G., Guarnaccia, P. J., & Midlarsky, E. (1995). Ethnic Differences in the Interpretation of Mental Illness: Perspectives of Caregivers. In J. R. Greenley (Ed.), Research in Community and Mental Health: the Family and Mental Illness(Vol. 8, pp. 155-178). Greenwich, CT: JAI Press, Inc.
Immigration & Psychological Resilience
Community Mental Health & Religion Manuals —
Milstein, G., Dugan, T., Siegel, C., & Haugland, G. (2011). A Pastoral Education Guide: Responding to the Mental Health Needs of Multicultural Faith Communities: Center of Excellence in Culturally Competent Mental Health, The Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research, New York State Office of Mental Health, http://ssrdqst.rfmh.org/cecc/sites/ssrdqst.rfmh.org.cecc/UserFiles/mentalhealthclergyguide101711A.pdf .
Milstein, G., Dugan, T., Siegel, C., & Haugland, G. (2011). A Pastoral Education Workbook: Responding to the Mental Health Needs of Multicultural Faith Communities: Center of Excellence in Culturally Competent Mental Health, The Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research, New York State Office of Mental Health, http://ssrdqst.rfmh.org/cecc/sites/ssrdqst.rfmh.org.cecc/UserFiles/mentalhealthworkbook101711A.pdf .