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Using Spiritual and Religious Tools in Mental Health Treatment
Course # - CPSY x840
Loyola Hall Room 160
Credit Hours: 6
· To outline the physical and mental health benefits of spiritual and religious engagement
· To articulate the tension and rapprochement between psychology and religion in clinical practice
· To list and apply to clinical practice 13 spiritual and religious tools for the psychotherapist
· To articulate 7 principles for therapists working with spiritual and religious clients
· Discuss 4 typical ethical problems with psychotherapy and spirituality integration
There has been a remarkable amount of interest in the relationship between spirituality, religion, psychology, and health of late. Contemporary interest in spirituality and religion is hot among not only the general population but among professionals in the mental and physical health disciplines. While most people believe in God and consider themselves to be spiritual, religious, or both, most mental health professionals have little if any training in this area. Mental health professionals can use spiritual and religious principles and tools to better serve their clients even if they do not share the same religious interests. The purpose of this workshop is to offer thirteen spiritual and religious tools common among all of the major religious traditions that can be used by contemporary professional mental health professionals in clinical practice to enhance the already high quality professional services that they provide. Examples of spiritually and religiously integrated treatment along with a variety of ethical precautions are outlined as well.
Thomas G. Plante, Ph.D., ABPP is the Augustin Cardinal Bea, S.J. University Professor and director of the Spirituality and Health Institute at Santa Clara University and adjunct clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine. He has authored or edited 19 books including, Spiritual Practices in Psychotherapy: Thirteen Tools for Enhancing Psychological Health (2009, American Psychological Association) and Religion, Spirituality, and Positive Psychology: Understanding the Psychological Fruits of Faith (2012, Praeger). He recently served as Vice-Chair of the National Review Board for the Protection of Children and Youth for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and is past-president of the Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality (Division 36) of the American Psychological Association. His website address is www.scu.edu/tplante. He maintains a private clinical practice in Menlo Park, CA.