Site: Meier Clinics
About Meier Clinics
Dr. Paul Meier and his sister, Nancy Brown, opened the first Meier Clinics in 1976 in Texas with the goal of reducing the stigma of mental health treatment by providing quality Christian care. When Nancy’s family relocated to the Chicago area in 1986, she started the first Meier Clinics in Wheaton with just one counselor. By the end of the first month, she needed to hire another. Meier Clinics has continued to grow and is currently a non-profit organization with thirteen clinics in seven states. The clinical staff at Meier Clinics Wheaton includes 35 psychiatrists, psychologists, LCPC’s, LCSW’s, and LMFT’s. Meier Clinics Wheaton has one of the largest training programs in the Chicagoland area and trains over 20 doctoral students each year at every level of training. Meier Clinics Wheaton is the national headquarters for Meier Clinics and encompasses outpatient, intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization, psychiatric, and neuropsychological programs in order to meet multiple needs of care.
Meier Clinics strives to integrate biblically-based, Christian beliefs with psychological principles to treat the whole person – emotionally, physically, and spiritually. As a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, Meier Clinic’s goal is to provide excellent, professional, psychological care to as many people as possible.
An important component of the Meier Clinics philosophy of training is the belief in the need to integrate scholarly knowledge, research findings, and critical thinking into clinical practice and clinical decision making. We encourage the consumption of scholarly research and facilitate regular interaction with current research literature through a weekly journal club discussion. In addition, interns are encouraged to engage in contributing to the existing body of research literature by pursuing individual or group research study. Ample data is available on site for scholarly inquiry. Interns are also encouraged to present their dissertation findings through didactic presentation to the Meier Clinics staff, interns and practicum students.
Community outreach, marketing and consultation opportunities are available through Meier Clinics and provided to the surrounding community on an as-needed basis. An important component of the Meier Clinics philosophy is to educate and de-stigmatize mental health treatment in faith-based communities, and Meier Clinics consistently reaches out to local churches and schools to provide consultation, psychoeducational presentations, and other services in order to accomplish this goal. Meier Clinics also sponsors the Chicago Christian Training Conference (CCTC) that is well attended by area colleges, churches, and providers. Opportunities for interns to learn conference development and implementation skills are also available.