Spiritual and Religious Compentencies for Clinical Practice

Public Programs and Performances WKS 119 1.00

This workshop will provide you with practical tools for working with your clients' spiritual and religious beliefs and practices (SRBP) in the therapy room. Following 16 research-based guidelines as described in her 2015 book, Shelley Scammell, PsyD will guide you through multiple exercises to enhance your awareness, knowledge and skills on a number of important topics. These will include how to take an oral, written or visual history of your clients' SRBP; understanding your client's lived experience with SRBP; exploring religious and spiritual diversity; lifespan development of SRBP; recognizing harmful involvement in SRBP; how to differentiate spiritual and religious experiences from psychopathology; helping clients recognize and access their religious and spiritual resources; becoming aware of legal and ethical issues and boundaries when working with SRBP, including when to make referrals if issues are beyond your scope of practice; and learning how meditation and other practices may impact brain functioning. Enhance your confidence in working with clients who meditate, practice yoga or engage in other practices from which unexpected consequences, challenging as well as wonderful, may arise.

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