Participants will learn how religion and spirituality function as part of multicultural diversity on individual and societal levels, and serve as both resources and sources of struggle throughout the lifespan. This workshop will also review the process of psychospiritual assessment, including ethical and professional issues relevant to spiritually integrated therapy and becoming a spiritually literate clinician.
Presenter: Krystal Hernandez-Kane, Ph.D., Associate at Affirmations Psychological Services.
4 CE/CPE credits for psychologists, counselors, and social workers. Meets ethics requirement for psychologists.
Lunch will be provided. Please email Dr. Hernandez-Kane (email@example.com) with special dietary needs, questions, or for additional information about the program.
* Develop a rationale for integrating religion and spirituality in therapy
* Define religion and spirituality, and how they function as part of multicultural diversity on individual and societal levels
* Integrate theoretical and empirical knowledge of religious/spiritual resources and struggles throughout the lifespan in therapy
* Conduct an initial psychospiritual assessment
* Identify ethical and professional issues relevant to spiritually-integrated therapy
9:00-10:00am -- Registration
10:00-10:30am -- Welcome and Introductions, Review of Rationale and Learning Objectives
Process barriers to addressing religion and spirituality in therapy among clinicians and agencies. Discuss religion and spirituality as a key aspect of human development and diversity. Review empirical literature supporting positive correlations among religious/spiritual constructs and individual and social experiences, such as quality of life and healthy relationships.
10:30-11:00am -- Defining Religion and Spirituality, National Trends in Religiousness
Discuss commonly used definitions of religion and spirituality that guide theory and research. Introduce diverse perceptions of what is found to be sacred in the world, including constructs directly and indirectly tied to religion as an institution and spirituality as a process. Introduce recently published research regarding trends on religiousness and spirituality in the U.S., including affiliations, importance of religion, and frequency of religious and spiritual practices. Review how to integrate such findings into how one understands and conducts a psychospiritual assessment with a client.
11:00am-12:00pm -- Spirituality as a Process
Outline a theory for understanding spirituality as including three dynamic processes of discovery, maintenance, and transformation. Introduce categories of spiritual struggles, including interpersonal, intrapersonal, and divine spiritual struggles and how these may manifest for clients. Discuss specific case examples so clinicians may identify how spirituality is expressed, valued, and integrated into a client’s life as well as ways in which religion/spirituality serves as a resource and source of struggle for clients.
12:00-1:00pm -- Lunch (provided)
1:00-1:15pm -- Criteria for Spiritual Integration vs. Disintegration
Distinguish between a spiritually integrated vs. dis-integrated clinician, including necessary training, openness, ethical mindfulness, and self-awareness that benefits spiritual integration on a personal and professional level. Review implications for the decision to practice spiritually-integrated therapy.
1:15-2:15pm -- Conducting Psychospiritual Assessments and Interventions
Discuss general characteristics of and rules of thumb for a psychospiritual assessment, including ways in which this assessment is ongoing and applicable to diverse therapeutic orientations. Review sample assessment questions and exercises that highlight clients’ religion/spiritual orientation, salience, coping, process (i.e., discovery, maintenance, transformation), and struggle (interpersonal, intrapersonal, divine). Integrate case examples to provide opportunities for practicing psychospiritual assessment. Provide an overview of formal spiritual assessment and intervention tools available to clinicians.
2:15-3:00pm -- Ethical Considerations with Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy. Conclusion and Evaluations
Discuss ethical issues involved in the diagnosis and treatment of spiritual concerns. Introduce ways to differentiate between culturally-appropriate religious belief and behaviors from those that may be associated with imminent risk, harm, or violence. Address issues of integrity, specifically blurred boundaries and dual relationships, to consider when establishing your practice, working directly with clients, and expressing clinician’s own religious/spiritual orientation in the community. Discuss related competency issues, including how to decide whether one feels competent and is appropriately trained to deliver culturally-sensitive, ethical spiritually-integrated therapy. Review components of spiritual self-care for clinicians, integrating diverse religious/spiritual (non)affiliations. Integrate and consult about case examples illustrating these ethical dilemmas.