PSI is committed to providing quality programs and educational opportunities that explore the role of spiritual resources within the compendium of current psychotherapeutic theories. We work to foster deeper dialogues around therapy practices and spiritual awareness – for our clinical colleagues, for interested clergy, and for the general public in our larger communities.
In New York, PSI is recognized as an approved provider of continuing education by the State Board of Social Work (Provider #0252), the State Board for Mental Health Practitioners (Provider #MFT-0044 and #MHC-0081), and the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (Provider #1153). Additionally, PSI maintains programmatic partnerships with both the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and the Interfaith Center of New York.
PSI’s Spring Speakers offer an opportunity to learn from the specialized practices of PSI staff members and other practitioners. We particularly welcome clinicians, clergy, and helping professionals to these interactive Wednesday morning presentations to explore special topics with us. Past topics have included among others, Spiritual Self-Care, The Amazing Adaptable Brain, and The Art of Referral: What Clergy and MH Professionals Need to Know About One Another.
Look for videos of these and other presentations as well as PSI staff articles in the Resources section of this website.
Summer Certificate Program
The Psychotherapy & Spirituality Institute joins with the Interfaith Center of New York to offer a summertime continuing clinical education certificate program in spiritually-informed psychotherapies. This program gives qualified professionals providing mental health or pastoral care services an opportunity to undertake structured and sustained study of key intersections between spiritual wisdom and psychological insight. In a seminar setting, students consider a wide array of topics relevant to practice – including intimacy, family life, diversity, addictions, conflict, grief, and trauma – incorporating spiritual perspectives into each area. A brief final integrative paper will allow students to apply what they have learned to their own work.
This program is meant to enrich professionals’ clinical practice and deepen their understanding of how spiritual dynamics figure in holistic care. 18 CEC’s are available to LMSWs, LCSWs, LMFTs, and LMHCs in NY State. Graduates of the summer certificate program will become PSI alumni and program affiliates.
PSI Annual Conference
PSI’s annual Conference, our largest public event, is designed to inspire dialogue, raise awareness, and build a community of professionals interested in the intersection between spirituality and psychotherapy.
Traditionally, many therapists have shied away from discussing religion and the spiritual dimension of the psyche because they felt out of their depth and wary of wading into ministry. But that is changing as research supports the benefits of holistic approaches to mental health. Mindfulness has become more mainstream. Additionally, research has shown that healthy normative religious practices are often associated with better coping, and less depression, isolation, suicide, anxiety and substance use.
PSI embraces a diverse array of speakers on timely issues. Past topics and keynote speakers have included:
- Embracing Diversity and Difference: Empathy as a Bridge to the Other with Rev. Pamela Cooper-White, PhD
- The Future of Spiritually Informed Treatment with Pilar Jennings, PhD
- Mindful Listening: Culling and Shifting Client Narratives with narratologist Gail Noppe-Brandon, LCSW
- Bridging Spirituality & Healing with Kenneth Pargament, PhD
- Struggling with Forgiveness & the Journey of Healing with Rev. Michael Lapsley
For information and updates about our January, 2019 Conference, please sign up to receive email alerts.
Workshops, Seminars and Outreach
IN OUR OWN VOICE – Women Veterans Tell Their StoryIN OUR OWN VOICE is a 90-minute program in two parts: the first is a play-in-monologues, drawn from interviews given by women veterans and those still serving in the Armed Forces; the second part is a discussion with the audience, led by a mental health professional and women veterans.
This project uses the arts as a form of advocacy. We believe that the experience of women in the military is not adequately represented in film, theater and other forms of media. Click here for more information.