Treating Mind and Spirit as One


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.

Psychotherapy & Spirituality Institute, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0252, and the State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0081, licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0044, and licensed creative arts therapists #CAT-0076. Psychotherapy & Spirituality Institute, Inc. is recognized by the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services as an approved provider of continuing education for credentialed alcoholism and substance abuse counselors #1153.


 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:

  • Exploring the Inner Addict in the Time of COVID with Dr. Richard Schwartz
  • Mindful Therapy for Anxious Times. Mark Epstein, MD
  • 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

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 Summer Certificate Program

PSI Summer Certificate Program will return in Summer 2023. Details TBA.

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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 NYSED certified LMSWs, LCSWs, LMFTs, LMHCs and LCATs in NY State. Graduates of the summer certificate program will become PSI alumni and program affiliates.

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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.