Skills-based Approach to Integrate Spirituality into Psychotherapy

Location Details
The Royal
Associates in Psychiatry Auditorium
1145 Carling Avenue, Ottawa


This workshop is designed to provide mental health professionals with skills in addressing spirituality in psychotherapy.  Historically, therapists have shied away from the spiritual dimension of their work.  This workshop will challenge this pattern of avoidance by providing an evidence-based rationale for why spiritually integrated psychotherapy makes sense. We will provide a framework for understanding and evaluating spirituality and religiousness in the context of treatment. We will present a multi-level model of spiritual assessment that moves from initial questions to more intensive exploration. This workshop will underscore the importance of the therapist’s own religious and spiritual orientation.  We will then illustrate some of the ways practitioners can help clients access their spiritual resources, and how they can help clients experiencing spiritual struggles and problems. The workshop will conclude by focusing specifically on one spiritual resource - sacred moments - that therapists can cultivate for the benefit of both clients and themselves. We will draw on research, clinical vignettes, video clips, and discussion.


Dr. Kenneth Pargament
Dr. Kenneth I. Pargament, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Psychology, Bowling Green State University

Kenneth Pargament is a professor emeritus of psychology at Bowling Green State University and adjunct professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry at the Baylor Medical School. He has published over 300 articles on religion, spirituality, and health. Dr. Pargament was recently cited as “One of 50 Most Influential Living Psychologists in the World.”

Learning Objectives

  1. Articulate a rationale for addressing spirituality in psychotherapy
  2. Identify positive spiritual resources and signs of spiritual struggles
  3. Raise questions in therapy that facilitate spiritual dialogue and assessment
  4. Identify ways to help clients draw upon their spiritual resources and address spiritual struggles and problems in therapy
  5. Identify and discuss sacred moments with clients in the process of psychotherapy

Target Audience

This event will be of interest to Spiritual Care Providers, Psychiatrists, Physicians, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Nurses, Counselors, and Students of all related disciplines.

Date and Time

Thursday, April 2, 2020 
8:15 AM – 4:00 PM


Student Rate: $125 (limited availability)
Regular Rate: $150 


To register please click here.

Contact information

For information, please contact Robyn Sauret,  +1 (613) 722-6521, ext 6570.

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