Category: Spirituality and Religion

Mini Workshop

Mini Workshop 3 - Spirituality & Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Friday, November 17
10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Location: Aqua 300 A & B, Level 3, Aqua Level

Keywords: Spirituality and Religion | Case Conceptualization / Formulation | Diversity
Presentation Type: Mini Workshop
Level of Familiarity: Basic

Even in this ostensibly secular age, more than eight in ten people worldwide identify with a religious group (Pew Research Center, 2010), and in the United States nearly three-quarters of individuals profess “certain” belief in God (Gallup Poll, 2011). More importantly, consistent research highlights that many people turn to spirituality/religion to cope with distress, and this domain can have important effects on mental health (Pargament, Koenig & Perez, 2000). However, due to a lack of training, most Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) practitioners lack core competencies in how to address patient spirituality/religion, and as a result many practitioners ignore this important aspect of diversity in clinical practice (Green, Pirutinsky & McKay, 2013). This presentation will describe a clinically-relevant case formulation framework for how to conceptualize spirituality in the practice of CBT. The psychological functions of spirituality will be framed using central concepts from learning theory (1st wave CBT), cognitive theory (2nd wave CBT) and emotion regulation theory (3rd wave CBT). Participants will also learn step-by-step how to implement a brief assessment procedure to initiate clinical discussions with patients about spirituality/religion, and identify clinically-relevant facets of spiritual life. Throughout the presentation, research findings and case examples will be provided to illustrate key points.

Learning Objectives:

Recommended Reading: Pargament, K.I. (2007). Spiritually integrated psychotherapy: Understanding and addressing the sacred New York: Guilford Press.
Hook, J. N., Worthington, E. L., Davis, D. E., Jennings, D. J., Gartner, A. L., & Hook, J. P. (2010). Empirically supported religious and spiritual therapies. Journal of clinical psychology, 66(1), 46-72.
Rosmarin, D.H., Auerbach, R.P, Bigda-Peyton, J., Björgvinsson, T., & Levendusky, P. (2011). Integrating spirituality into cognitive behavioral therapy in an acute psychiatric setting: A pilot study. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 25(4), 287-303.

David H. Rosmarin

McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Belmont MA


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