The word psychotherapy means “care of the soul” (from the Greek psyche + therapeia). While the history of psychotherapy includes theorists and practitioners with a bias against spirituality and religion, there have always been those who found effective ways to include spiritual wisdom in psychotherapeutic work. In recent years, there has been an outpouring of research and instruction in spiritually integrated psychotherapy, and empirical evidence demonstrating the therapeutic efficacy of attending to clients’ spiritual beliefs and practices.
The ACPE SIP Curriculum draws upon diverse spiritual traditions and psychological research to provide practical, usable resources to help therapists integrate spirituality into their work. It teaches therapists how to elicit and make therapeutic use of their clients’ spiritual perspectives and how to make ethically appropriate use of their own spiritual perspectives.
The program consists of 10 three-hour courses, offered for continuing education credit. These are:
|Course #||Course Title||Contact Hours|
|1||Foundations and Ethics of Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy||3 hours|
|2||Developing Spiritual Conversations in Psychotherapy||3 hours|
|3||Spiritual Assessment||3 hours|
|4||Spiritual Interventions: Working with Spiritual Resources, Part 1||3 hours|
|5||Spiritual Interventions: Working with Spiritual Resources, Part 2||3 hours|
|6||Spiritual Interventions: Working with Harmful Spirituality and Religion||3 hours|
|7||Spiritual Interventions: Working with Spiritual Struggles||3 hours|
|8||Spirituality and Belief System of the Therapist||3 hours|
|9||Spiritually Integrated Case Consultation, Part 1||3 hours|
|10||Spiritually Integrated Case Consultation, Part 2||3 hours|
Participants who complete the 30-hour curriculum are eligible to pursue certification in Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy by completing 20 hours of consultation with an ACPE SIP Trainer.