Clinical Applications of Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy
Steven Lucero, Ph.D.
Most practitioners lack systematic training experiences to adequately address religion and spirituality (R/S) within the therapeutic context (Jafari, 2016). While 85% of psychologists believe they should receive training in and demonstrate competence in R/S, only 10% rate themselves as having formal, comprehensive training in this domain (Vieten, et al., 2016). To help decrease this discrepancy, this webinar will provide an overview of Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy (SIP), a trans-theoretical model that includes a focus on specialized spiritual competencies (Sperry, 2016).
This webinar, sponsored by UPA's Diversity Committee, begins with a description of sanctification, the sacred, and an empirically based model of R/S coping. Then, we will review how people respond to R/S struggles through the process of discovery and then conservational and transformational coping in dealing with R/S disengagement or desecration on the path to bio-psycho-social-spiritual integration (Pargament, 2011). The essential features of SIP and the various steps in R/S assessment will be discussed. Specific types of questions to better identify “pathways” and “destinations” focused methods in which R/S may be part of both the presenting problem as well as the treatment protocol. The overall goal of this webinar is to help participants gain increased comfort and background expertise in helping clients to live-out their R/S identities in more healthy and integrated ways.
As a result of attending this webinar, participants will be able to:
1. Understand the theoretical background for how people may approach R/S in (un)healthy and (dis)integrated ways
2. Conduct initial, implicit, and explicit R/S assessments
3. Help clients to distinguish between “pathways” and “destinations” focused elements of healthy spiritual integration
4. Learn and integrate SIP techniques into clinical practice, including use of the R/S genogram, autobiography, and history interventions
Rates and Payment Information:
The Lunchtime Learning webinar series is offered for free to UPA members as a member benefit. It is not available to non-members. This event offers 1 CEU to participants who demonstrate attendance and complete and return a quiz following completion of the webinar.
There is a two-step registration process for this webinar. After you register for this event on the UPA website, you will be sent a link to register for the webinar through Zoom. Information on completing your quiz and receiving your CEU will be sent to you when you register for the webinar. The quiz itself will be delivered the day after the webinar. If you do not receive a confirmation from UPA with the webinar link, please contact Teresa Bruce at
801.410.0337 before the start of the webinar to get the link.
This is a webinar series and registrants are responsible for making sure they meet the system requirements for accessing the webinar through Zoom. Please visit https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362023-System-Requirements-for-PC-and-Mac to learn more.
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