• September 18, 2015
  • 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • California Institute of Integral Studies
    1453 Mission Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103
Add to Calendar 09/18/2015 7:00 pm 09/18/2015 9:00 pm America/Los_Angeles Spiritual and Religious Competencies for Clinical Practice with Shelley Scammell and Richard Mendius This workshop will provide you with practical tools for working with your clients’ spiritual and religious beliefs and practices (SRBP) in the therapy room. California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
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This lecture will provide you with some 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 talk about:  

1) How to take an oral, written or visual history of your clients' SRBP.
2) Understanding your client's lived experience with SRBP.
3) Exploring religious and spiritual diversity.
4) Lifespan development of SRBP.
5) Recognizing harmful involvement in SRBP.
6) How to differentiate spiritual and religious experiences from psychopathology.
7) Helping clients recognize and access their religious and spiritual resources.
8) 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.
9) 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.  

Shelley Scammell, PsyD has been a clinical psychologist in the San Francisco Bay Area for the past 18 years.  She is an alumni of CIIS as well as an adjunct professor in the East West Program.   She has taught psychology in the PsyD department at CIIS, Sonoma State University and at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine for 10 years, as well as English as a Second Language at NYU for 15 years.  Her book, Spiritual and Religious Competencies for Clinical Practice, co-authored with Cassi Vieten, PhD, CEO of IONS, is being released August, 2015 by New Harbinger Press.  With several colleagues, they conducted research over six years to develop these competencies. In addition, Dr. Scammell has worked with numerous clients experiencing spiritual emergence and emergency over the past 10 years.  

Richard Mendius, MD has been a neurologist in clinical practice for 35 years, the past 20 in the Bay Area.  A graduate of UCLA Medical School, he also taught at Stanford as an alumni.  He is a co-author of Buddha's Brain with Rick Hanson, and presents around the Bay Area on meditation and its potential neurological consequences.  Drs. Scammell and Mendius are married, raising two teen children while proud grandparents through their eldest married daughter.  



September 18, 2015
CIIS Main Building
$15/$20 at the door

Saturday & Sunday
September 19-20, 2015
CIIS Main Building $240/$260/$280 (when one price tier sells out, that tier is closed)
*Includes Friday's Lecture
13 BBS and APA CEs are available (MFT, LCSW, RN, and PsyD)

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