Course Overview

The Spiritually Augmented CBT course is a 12 week program that will run via live 1.5 hour Tuesday evenings, 5:00 PST, June 9-September 1. By participating in this course, you will be a pioneer in offering this work to your clients receiving credentials of this variety. If live attendance is not possible, recording will be made available. Participation in assignments is mandatory for certification. Upon completion, certification from the International Institute of Organizational Psychological Medicine will be granted. This certificate is valid for Masters level psychotherapy or clinical counselor students, as well as continuing education for current professionals. Certification for the Dates and times are TBA.

The SACBT Course curriculum consists of 7 parts consisting of the following:

  • Integrating Spirituality in Therapy: Examined are the relationships between health, spirituality and treatment, as well as assessing spirituality and integration into psychotherapy.
  • Cognitive Therapy: Reviewing and addressing the cognitive model
  • Components of SACBT: Introduction to SACBT and exploring the cognitive domains of hope, acceptance, forgiveness, meaning and purpose. Mindfulness, meditation, prayers and rituals will be covered as well.
  • Spiritual Issues in Treatment: Integrating ones spiritual history will be taught, as well as behavioral approaches to enhance spirituality. Spiritual surrender is examined.
  • Application: Putting the theories into action will be covered including planning, informed consent, assessment, treatment goals, therapeutic interventions, and additional session structure
  • Post Therapy Evaluation: Important to add is evaluation measures for post therapy treatment. Evaluating outcomes will be discussed, as well as relapse prevention, assessing the client’s values and incongruencies in their behaviors, as well as correcting and confronting these value conflicts.
  • Conclusion: Understanding diversity in Spiritual and Religious issues, inclusing of meditation and ritual forms.

As of 2002, “only 13% of APA accredited clinical psychology programs included any formal coursework in religion/spirituality, and 90% of psychologists reported that spiritual and religious beliefs were not discussed in their academic training.” This is very low considering the role these beliefs and practices may play in one’s mental health. If one truly has a holistic model of healing in mind, exploring these beliefs and practices should be considered and incorporated into treatment plans. This course is not for implementing personal or preferred spiritual and religions beliefs with clients, but more for meeting them where they are at in their own and incorporating those into treatment and intervention planning.

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