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ACPE Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy Training at Insight Counseling Centers

Learn how to work with your client's spirituality in session

The ACPE Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy (SIP) Training Program is a multi-disciplinary, inter-spiritual, multi-racial community of persons gathered for education, connection, and formation in the work of spiritually integrated psychotherapy. It serves licensed and pre-licensed mental health professionals (i.e., counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists, pastoral counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, addiction specialists, and more), as well as graduate students in any of those disciplines, who seek to explore the ways spirituality, religion, and the search for meaning influence their own lives and the lives of their clients.


Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy Training Program

  • For mental health professionals and graduate students
  • NBCC continuing education credit available through ACPE
  • Optional consultation, certification, and ongoing support that continue beyond the training

Curriculum Overview

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. 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 Conceptualization 3 hours
10 Spiritually Integrated Case Conceptualization 3 hours

Participants who complete the 30-hour curriculum are eligible to pursue certification in Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy by completing 20 hours of consultation and additional requirements with an ACPE SIP Trainer.

For information regarding NBCC continuing education credit for the SIP training, please refer to the ACPE website.

Our SIP Trainer

Carol T. Smith, LMFT Supervisor, MDiv, ACPE SIP Trainer
Director of Spiritually-Integrated Psychotherapy Training, Insight Counseling Centers, Nashville, TN

For more information, or to express interest in our next available SIP Training Program, please contact Carol.

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