2024 Curriculum*

Summer Certificate Program in Spiritually Informed Psychotherapies

* Course details are subject to change

 

June 19, 2024

1A – INTRODUCTION TO SPIRITUALLY-INFORMED PSYCHOTHERAPY (SIP):

9:00 am – 10:30 am EDT

Facilitator: Sarah McCaslin, MDiv, LCSW, and PSI Executive Director

Spiritually-Informed Psychotherapy (SIP) will be introduced as an integrative modality that tends to the spiritual/existential/religious/meaning-making aspects of a client’s lived experience as tools for achieving mental wellness. Experience of religious/spiritual trauma are not overlooked, but rather treated with care and an eye toward increased ‘spiritual autonomy.’

At the conclusion of this module, participants will be able to:

  • Identify, define and describe Spiritually-Informed Psychotherapy (SIP) as an integrative model of psychotherapy that aligns with both traditional and contemporary approaches;
  • Explaining the rationale for Spiritually-Informed Psychotherapy;
  • Take advantage of the written resources available about SIP for further study and clinical practice.
 

1B – MODES OF SPIRITUAL ASSESSMENT

9:00 am – 10:30 am EDT

Facilitator: Sarah McCaslin, MDiv, LCSW, and PSI Executive Director

Both implicit and explicit spiritual assessment will be introduced as helpful tools for integrating spiritual experiences and practices into psychotherapeutic work with various clients. Specific learning objectives include:

  • Introduction to Spiritual Assessment as a specific tool for Spiritually-Informed Psychotherapy (SIP) broadly, and, more specifically
  • Introduction to specific models of spiritual assessment, both implicit and explicit;
  • Guidance toward use of basic assessment tools for psychotherapy practice.

June 26, 2024

2A/B – EXPLORING THE INTERSECTION OF AI AND SPIRITUALITY IN THERAPY:

9:00 am – 12:00 pm EDT

Facilitator: Vivianne Zaccour

As AI becomes an increasingly relevant technology, it is important to consider its multidisciplinary application to the future of mental healthcare. This course delves into the cutting-edge realm where artificial intelligence meets spiritual practices in therapeutic settings. Specific learning objectives include:

  • Understanding how AI technologies can be integrated into practice to enhance client outcomes.
  • Gaining insight into the latest AI tools and applications transforming the therapeutic landscape.
  • Covering the practical applications of AI in therapy, ethical considerations, and potential future developments by exploring the balance between technology and the human touch.

 July 10, 2024

3 – INTRO TO DEPTH PSYCHOLOGY:

9:00 am – 12:00 pm am EDT

Facilitator: Shivam Gosai, MS, LMHC

This journey through depth psychology uncovers the hidden elements that shape our existence and influence our practice. This course aims to explore foundational concepts of depth psychology, including the collective unconscious, archetypes, and the numinous. Specific learning objectives include:

  • Delving into the transformative power of dreams.
  • Learning to interpret the symbolic language of dreams to unlock deeper insights into the psyche.
  • Acquiring practical dream work techniques for clinical application, such as amplification and animation, facilitating profound therapeutic interventions and personal growth.

 

July 17, 2024

4A/B – MINDFULNESS FOR SPIRITUAL SELF CARE AND CLINICAL PRACTICE:  

9:00 am – 12:00 pm EDT

Facilitators: Dharmachi Ananta, Craig Sloan

Cultivating mindfulness increases resilience, self-acceptance and contentment and reduces
symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression, and chronic pain. This module presents mindfulness as
spiritual self-care for helping professionals. We will explore formal and informal mindfulness
practices that can address stress (MBSR), vicarious trauma, job burnout, and compassion
fatigue. Other topics include potential benefits and risks of mindfulness and meditation, the
state of research on mindfulness in mental health practice, tools for developing and
maintaining a personal mindfulness practice, and the steps that clinicians can take to
incorporate both implicit and explicit uses of mindfulness in clinical work. This experiential
workshop will be nurturing and resourceful whether you are new to mindfulness or are seeking
to reconnect with or deepen your practice. After this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Describe mindfulness and the potential benefits and research supporting
    mindfulness practice
  • State the Buddhist origins of mindfulness practice
  • Understand the value of mindfulness as an approach to spiritual self-care
  • Practice incorporating techniques of mindfulness into daily life
  • Describe how mindfulness practices can enhance clinical practice regardless of
    theoretical orientation
  • Describe how to begin to apply mindfulness practice in a therapeutic setting

July 24, 2024

5A – CARE FOR GENDER EXPANSIVE CLIENTS 

9:00 am – 10:30 am EDT

Facilitator: Lana Hurst, MHC-LP

This module considers the clarifications necessary for the ethical practice of spiritually informed psychotherapy in contexts where clients identify as transgender and/or gender – expansive. Specific learning objectives include:

  • Relating cultural competence to the ethical provision of care in contexts with clients who are transgender and/or gender-expansive;
  • Deepening students’ understanding of the spiritual concerns that may arise with transgender and/or gender-expansive clients
  • Gaining clarity and a clinical perspective about how gender identity may affect clients both spiritually and psychologically.

5B – RECOVERY FROM RELIGIOUS TRAUMA:

10:30 am – 12:00 pm EDT

Facilitator: Lana Hurst, MHC-LP

This module delves into the considerations crucial for providing effective therapy when addressing religious and spiritual trauma. Focusing on the nuances of cultural competence, spiritual exploration, and clinical insight, participants will gain the necessary tools to ethically navigate the complexities of therapy with individuals recovering from religious and spiritual trauma. Specific learning objectives include:

  • Cultural Competence in Trauma Recovery: Participants will examine the intersection of cultural competence and ethical care in therapy with individuals recovering from religious and spiritual trauma, understanding the significance of cultural sensitivity and respect in facilitating healing.
  • Exploring Spiritual Concerns and Issues: This module will deepen participants’ understanding of the spiritual dimensions inherent in the recovery process from religious and spiritual trauma, equipping them with strategies to address spiritual concerns and issues sensitively and effectively.
  • Integrating Trauma and Spirituality: Participants will gain clarity and clinical insight into how religious and spiritual trauma intersect with psychology, fostering a holistic understanding of trauma recovery within a spiritual context.

July 31, 2024

6A – INTEGRATING SPIRITUAL APPROACHES INTO TREATMENT:

9:00 am – 10:30 am EDT

Facilitator: Sarah McCaslin, MDiv, LCSW, and PSI Executive Director

This module considers the elements involved in successfully integrating spirituality into psychotherapeutic treatment for clients and clinicians alike in the interests of improved mental health care. Specific learning objectives include:

  • Articulating the role spirituality can play in improving various client outcomes and promoting individuals’ resilience;
  • Addressing the spiritual needs and desires that might underlie an array of presenting problems; and
  • Connecting with a full range of spiritual resources available to clients and clinicians.

6B – CONSOLIDATION AND REFLECTION:

10:30am – 12:00 pm EDT

Facilitator: Sarah McCaslin, MDiv, LCSW, and PSI Executive Director

For this final module, participants will engage in large and small group discussions to consolidate their understanding and ‘practice’ SIP through brief case presentations.

PSI is recognized by the NYS Ed. Dept. Office of Professions:  Provider #SW-0252 /#MFT-0044/#MHC-0081/#CAT-0076

 

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