Category: Spirituality and Religion
Keywords: Spirituality and Religion | Evidence-Based Practice | Treatment-CBT
Presentation Type: Clinical Roundtable
A key component of evidence-based psychological practices is that they are not applied in a rigid, dogmatic fashion but instead are tailored to individuals. Such a “flexibility within fidelity” approach allows for the most ethical use of various well-researched therapies within diverse contexts. Recently, greater attention has been paid to the impact of personal religious beliefs and religious traditions on both mental health and therapeutic change. Unfortunately, while graduate training and continuing education often cover issues like race, gender, and socioeconomic status in relationship to clinical practice, they often fail to discuss this important aspect of multicultural competence. Understanding both an individual’s personal religious beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors, as well as how those interact with religious-cultural contexts can be critical in deciding how best to “flex” cognitive and behavioral therapies while still adhering to best practices. This clinical roundtable will bring together clinicians and researchers who have expertise in applying CBT to individuals from a variety of religious and non-religious backgrounds to discuss important aspects of treatment with such populations. The panelists will present information on working with atheist, secular, or non-religious clients; Christian clients ranging from fundamentalist Evangelicals to liberal denominations to non-denominational; Islamic populations such as Sunni, Shi’ah, or “just Muslim”; and Jewish clients from across a spectrum of religious observance and identity, from Orthodox to Jewish by heritage. Of particular focus will be how to incorporate religious or non-religious beliefs and ideas into therapy and how to position yourself in working with these groups. There will also be opportunities for audience contribution to the discussion.
McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Belmont MA
Friday, November 17
10:15 AM – 11:45 AM
University of Maryland, Baltimore
University of Regina
Saturday, November 18
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
University of Central Oklahoma
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