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Spirituality in Psychotherapy: Ethical Issues

  • Wednesday, September 21, 2022
  • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Online ZOOM
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  • $25 per credit hour
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  • $15 per credit hour

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Presenter: Jacqueline Wallen, PhD, MSW, LCSW-C

CEUs: Category 1 | 3.0 (ETHICS CREDIT)

This event will be useful for social workers at all levels of practice, including graduate students.

Workshop Objectives:

Participants will:

  1. Describe the value of addressing clients' spiritual issues and concerns in psychotherapy.
  2. Differentiate between the role of a psychotherapist, a pastoral counselor, and a member of the clergy.
  3. Identify the most common ethical issues that arise when addressing spiritual issues with clients and be able to apply the appropriate ethical guidelines.


    2-2:30 pm -- What is spirituality? Why address spiritual issues in psychotherapy?

    2:30-3 pm -- What are the most common spiritual issues raised in psychotherapy?

    3-3:30 pm -- What are the major ethical considerations?

    3:30-4:30 pm -- Presentation and discussions of cases involving ethical decisions

    4:30-5 pm -- Wrap-up and suggestions for further reading and exploration

    Spiritual Competence for Mental Health Professionals takes a holistic developmental approach toward spirituality in psychotherapy and counseling. This means that it considers an understanding of spiritual development to be as germane to mental health practice as an understanding of physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development and that it views spirituality as shaped by developmental processes. Common spiritual issues at each stage in the individual and family life course are discussed. Tools for understanding one's own and one's clients' spiritual orientations and goals along with interventions and practices that foster spiritual growth in the client and the practitioner are presented. Reflection and discussion topics are provided at the end of each chapter. Ultimately, this book aims to help mental health practitioners, educators and students to change their approach from 'meet the client where they are spiritually' to 'meet the client where they are spiritually and help them develop further.'
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