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How to Integrate Spirituality into Psychotherapy: An Evidence-Based Workshop

General Information

Title: How to Integrate Spirituality into Psychotherapy: An Evidence-Based Workshop

Presenter: Kenneth I. Pargament, PhD

Date: May 16, 2024: 9AM--4:30 PM ET.

Fee: $250. Earlybird discount until 3/1/24 $165

Venue: Brooklyn, NY (Best Western Gregory Hotel) OR Online Webinar

Includes full technical support, handouts, access to recordings, and CE credits. For live attendees, includes snacks and lunch.

How to Integrate Spirituality into Psychotherapy: An Evidence-Based Workshop

Description

People are spiritual as well as psychological, social, and spiritual beings.  Until recently, however, therapists largely overlooked the spiritual dimension of their clients’ lives. Fortunately, in recent years, important progress has been made by researchers and practitioners in the integration of spirituality more fully into psychotherapy.  This day-long workshop will focus specifically on helping participants (1) identify how spirituality can be both a resource in treatment and a source of struggles, and (2) address the spiritual resources and struggles of their clients to enhance their well-being in treatment.

 

In the first half of the workshop, I will provide an empirically-based rationale for why spiritually integrated psychotherapy makes good sense.  We will consider the meanings of spirituality and spiritually integrated therapy, the challenges involved in addressing spirituality in treatment, and the attitudes, skills, and knowledge that make up spiritually competent care.  Drawing on advances in clinical research and practice, we will then review the variety of ways in which spirituality can serve as a resource in treatment and as a source of struggle.  I will offer several rules of thumb for dealing with spiritual resources and spiritual struggles in therapy. 

 

In the second half of the workshop, I will focus practically on how therapists can assess and address spirituality in concrete ways in treatment.  To illustrate the richness of this process, I will weave videoclips of the ways I integrated therapy in one of my cases, a woman who had experienced severe trauma.  The workshop will conclude by considering one specific and commonplace type of spiritual struggle – struggles of ultimate meaning.  We will discuss how therapists can foster deeper meaning in the lives of their clients and focus specifically on one particularly potential resource according to empirical research – sacred moments. 

 

Instructor

Kenneth Pargament is a professor emeritus of psychology at Bowling Green State University and adjunct professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Baylor Medical College. He has authored over 300 refereed articles on the relationship between religion and mental health.  He has written The Psychology of Religion and Coping and Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy.  Dr. Pargament is Editor-in-Chief of the two-volume APA Handbook of Psychology, Religion, and Spirituality. With Julie Exline, he has authored the recently released Working with Spiritual Struggles in Psychotherapy:  From Research to Practice. He was Distinguished Scholar at the Institute for Spirituality and Health at the Texas Medical Center.  His awards include the Oskar Pfister Award from the American Psychiatric Association in 2009, the Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Professional Chaplains in 2015, the first Outstanding Contribution to the Applied Psychology of Religion and Spirituality Award from Division 36 of APA in 2017, and an honorary doctor-of-letters from Pepperdine University in 2013.  He was named One of the 50 Most Influential Living Psychologists.

 

 

 

How to Integrate Spirituality into Psychotherapy: An Evidence-Based Workshop

Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be better able to:

1) Present three reasons why spiritually integrated psychotherapy makes good sense;

2) Describe five competencies for effective spiritually integrated psychotherapy;

3) Describe three spiritual resources of potential value to clients in therapy;

4) Describe three forms of spiritual struggle and their implications for the health and well-being of clients in therapy;

5) Distinguish between initial, implicit, and explicit spiritual assessment;

6) Describe three ways to help clients access their spiritual resources in treatment;

7).  Describe three ways to help clients dealing with spiritual struggles;

8).  Define sacred moments and how they may be of value to clients facing struggles of ultimate meaning.

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Application Deadline

May 14, 2024, or until all training spaces are filled, whichever comes first.

Notification of Acceptance

Applicants will be notified, via email, of acceptance when registration is complete, and payment is received.

Refund/Cancellation Policy 

Tuition/registration payments are refundable (minus $25) until April 16, 2024.  Cancellations after this date are non-refundable. In this situation, we will attempt to find someone to take your slot (based on our waiting list).

Accessibility

Conference is via webinar. For live options, there will be handicap accessibility.

Course level

Introductory

Level of clinician 

Introductory

Accessibility

If you require ADA accommodations, please contact our office 30 days or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification

The Grievance Policy for trainings provided by NEFESH INTERNATIONAL is available here. Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often, and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.

CE Information

Continuing Education Credit is granted through Nefesh International for the following professions: Psychologists, Social workers, Mental Health Counselors, and LMFTs. It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state. NEFESH International, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0116. NEFESH International is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0046 NEFESH International is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Mental Health Counselor #MHC-0082 NEFESH International is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0048. This program is co-sponsored by NEFESH International and Neuhoff Psychological Consulting . NEFESH International is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NEFESH International, maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

References

Bockrath, M. F., Pargament, K. I., Wong, S., Harriott, V. A., Pomerleau, J., M. Homolka, S., Chaudhary, Z. B., & Exline, J. J. (2021). Religious and spiritual struggles and their links to psychological adjustment: A meta-analysis of longitudinal studies. Psychology of Religion & Spirituality. Advance online publication.

 

Padgett, E. A., Kusner, K. G., & Pargament, K .I. (2015).  Integrating religion and spirituality into treatment:  Research and practice.  In S. J. Lynn, W. T. O’Donohue, & S. O. Lilienfeld (Eds.), Health, happiness, and well-being: Better living through psychological science (pp. 272-295).  Los Angeles: Sage.

 

Pargament, K. I., & Exline, J. J. (2022).  Working with spiritual struggles in psychotherapy:  From research to practiceGuilford.

 

Pargament, K. I., Lomax, J. W., McGee, J. S., & Fang, Q. (2014).  Sacred moments in psychotherapy from the perspectives of mental health providers and clients:  Prevalence, predictors, and consequences.  Spirituality in Clinical Practice, 1, 248-262.

 

Pearce, M. J., Pargament, K. I., Oxhandler, H., Vieten, C., & Wong, S. (2019).  A novel training program for mental health providers in religious and spiritual competencies.  Spirituality in Clinical Practice, 6(2), 73-82.

 

Satisfactory Completion:

Participants must have paid the tuition fee, signed in or logged in and out each day, attended the entire webinar, and completed an evaluation to receive a certificate (for pre-recorded program, a post-test with a passing grade of 80% is required.) Failure to sign/log in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. Certificates are available electronically after satisfactory course completion. A link will be provided for those who have completed the training.

 

How to Integrate Spirituality into Psychotherapy: An Evidence-Based Workshop

Schedule

May 16, 2024

8: 15 – 8:30  AM:  Welcome and Introduction

 

8:30 – 9:40 AM; Why Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy Makes Good Sense:  An Evidence-Based Approach

 

9:40 – 10:00 AM: Guided Discussion

 

10:00 – 10:20:  Midmorning Break

 

10:20 – 12:00:  Recognizing the Variety of Spiritual Resources and Spiritual Struggles in Psychotherapy

 

12:00 – 1:00:  Lunch Break

 

1:00 – 2:20:  Assessing and Addressing Spirituality in Psychotherapy (including videoclips of case)

 

2:20 – 2:40:  Midafternoon Break

 

2:40 – 4:00:  Does it Matter?  Helping People through Struggles of Ultimate Meaning

How to Integrate Spirituality into Psychotherapy: An Evidence-Based Workshop

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