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Believe it or Not! Developing Religious Competency in Mental Health Treatment

What do you do when a devoutly spiritual client comes to you, wants to include their spirituality in their treatment and you are not very familiar with their religion? Have you ever felt confused as to whether or not a client’s religion or spirituality was hurting them or helping them? Multicultural competency in the mental health professions includes knowledge of religious diversity. “Spirituality continues to be a salient aspect of human psychological functioning…” (Peidmont, 2004). Learning the basics of many religions and some foundational cross-cultural concepts and principles can equip you toward a more thorough religious competency.

 

This interactive training will help participants understand the basic teachings and practices of major world religions. Participants will learn how to address a client’s religion and spirituality, if and when to incorporate it into treatment, and some common issues pertinent to treating clients from different religions.

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Believe it or Not! Developing Religious Competency in Mental Health Treatment

Wednesday, January 10, 2024, 10:00 AM EST - 1:00 PM EST

Presenter: Erik Hadden, MA, LCPC

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Course Length: 3 Hours

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify and navigate common ethical issues encountered when addressing religious and spiritual concerns in mental health treatment, using case studies and contemporary ethical guidelines (ACA, AAMFT, APA, NASW).
  2. Develop the ability to articulate the significance of religious competency in mental health practice, backed by current research and literature.
  3. Enhance their skills in establishing and maintaining a therapeutic environment that respects and affirms the religious beliefs of clients.

This workshop Offers 3 Live Interactive Continuing Education Credits

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What do you do when a devoutly spiritual client comes to you, wants to include their spirituality in their treatment and you are not very familiar with their religion? Have you ever felt confused as to whether or not a client’s religion or spirituality was hurting them or helping them? Multicultural competency in the mental health professions includes knowledge of religious diversity. “Spirituality continues to be a salient aspect of human psychological functioning…” (Peidmont, 2004). Learning the basics of many religions and some foundational cross-cultural concepts and principles can equip you toward a more thorough religious competency.

 

This interactive training will help participants understand the basic teachings and practices of major world religions. Participants will learn how to address a client’s religion and spirituality, if and when to incorporate it into treatment, and some common issues pertinent to treating clients from different religions.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify and navigate common ethical issues encountered when addressing religious and spiritual concerns in mental health treatment, using case studies and contemporary ethical guidelines (ACA, AAMFT, APA, NASW).
  2. Develop the ability to articulate the significance of religious competency in mental health practice, backed by current research and literature.
  3. Enhance their skills in establishing and maintaining a therapeutic environment that respects and affirms the religious beliefs of clients.

Agenda:

1. Introduction (10 minutes)
2. Why Religious Competency in Mental Health Treatment is
Important (20 minutes)
 -The ethical guidelines around religious competency
as cultural competency (ACA, AAMFT, APA, NASW).
 -Definitions based on literature
 -Case examples of how religious/spiritual issues
arise in treatment

3. Overview of major religions, common issues in treatment
and helpful interventions (80 minutes)

4. General Spiritual Issues in Treatment

 -Working with spiritual leaders, identifying spiritual
abuse, distinguishing OCD from religiosity (15 minutes)

5. How to conduct a religious/spiritual assessment (15 minutes)
6. Case examples (30 minutes)
 -Participants will discuss case examples in groups
and share their decided interventions

7. Review and Summarize (10 minutes)



This presentation is open to:
  • Social Workers
  • Professional Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Licensed Mental Health Practitioners
  • Other professionals interacting with populations engaged in mental health based services
Course Level: introductory
Level of Clinician: beginner
  • New practitioners who wish to gain enhanced insight surrounding the topic
  • Experienced practitioners who seek to increase and expand fundamental knowledge surrounding the subject matter
  • Advanced practitioners seeking to review concepts and reinforce practice skills and/or access additional consultation
  • Managers seeking to broaden micro and/or macro perspectives

Participants will receive their certificate electronically upon completion of the webinar and course evaluation form.


  • CE You! is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. CE You! maintains responsibility for this program.
  • CE You LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0437
  • CE You LLC #1573 is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. CE You LLC maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period 3/27/2021-3/27/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 3 continuing education credits.

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