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Working with Spirituality and Religion in Therapy

  • Friday, October 09, 2020
  • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Online ZOOM
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Presenter: Jeffrey Bryan, LICSW

Category 1 | 3 CEUs 

For beginning, intermediate, and advanced clinicians.  This workshop will explore making use of the client's spiritual and religious beliefs in therapy for inspiration and comfort, as a reference point, and as a guideline for behavior change. In addition we will discuss: applying some basic principles and interventions of therapy to this area of work with clients, the role of beliefs in living and in therapy, what to do when the therapist’s and the client’s beliefs conflict, challenging a client’s destructive/dysfunctional beliefs, countertransference issues, and exploring the therapist’s own beliefs about spirituality and religion.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the benefits of using a client’s spiritual and religious beliefs for inspiration and comfort, as a reference point, and as guidelines for behavior change
  2. Apply some basic principles and interventions of therapy to the area of spiritual and religious beliefs
  3. Understand the role of beliefs in life and in therapy
  4. Identify spiritual and religious beliefs
  5. Identify specific techniques for using spiritual and religious beliefs during a therapy session
  6. Encourage constructive beliefs and identify, discuss and challenge a client’s dysfunctional/destructive beliefs
  7. Recognize and work with countertransference issues.
  8. Identify some of their own spiritual and religious beliefs.

You can read a series of six discussions about beliefs, called Letters for Insight and Innovation. Go to the index for the Letters at Scroll down to section on beliefs beginning with February 2018.

Book recommendation: Bryan, Jeffrey. The Operating Manual for the Self. 2016.

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