Spiritual and Religious Competencies in Clinical Practice

Public Programs and Performances WKS 118 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, Spiritual and Religious Competencies in Clinical Practice: Guidelines for Psychotherapists and Mental Health Professionals, 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 practic; 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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