Integrating Spirituality

in Clinical Practice

Next session starts on September 3, 2019

Seminar Description

Despite ample evidence linking religion and spirituality to positive mental health outcomes, counselors and healthcare practitioners can still find themselves hesitant to bring spirituality into their practice.   Even if you don’t feel comfortable with it, the majority of your clients want you to bring it up.

In this 8-week, 16 session, interactive and immersive online experience, you learn how spirituality/religion as a cultural, social, and ideological force affects mental health. You will have opportunity to discuss the accurate definition of spirituality, examine socio-culture differences in spiritual practices, and explore the types of beliefs and practices that support or impair mental health.

Here you learn skills that guide assessment, treatment planning and intervention. Take this seminar as part of the Certificate in Mental Health and Spirituality, or by itself to earn continuing education units (CEs) as you learn to infuse spirituality into your clinical practice. 

Registration Fee: $625


  • Increase awareness of the intersection of spirituality/religion and mental health/subjective wellbeing 
  • Utilize a systemic holistic framework for the integration of spiritually focused assessment and intervention to promote healing, spiritual development and subjective wellbeing 
  • Examine core competencies and ethical guidelines developed within the various disciplines to address spiritual/religious concerns in clinical practice 
  • Deepen understanding of the spiritual dimensions of social justice and advocacy in clinical practice 

Topics Include

Contemporary issues in spirituality and mental health

Spirituality, social justice advocacy and mental health

Spirituality in clinical practice

Spiritual assessment and diagnosis

Constructing a spirit centered therapeutic relationship

Spiritual interventions in clinical practice

Thought Leaders

Conroy Reynolds, PhD, BCC

Senior Clinical Professor, Department of Counseling and Human Services, School of Education, University of Redlands

Seminar Details

Seminar ID



$625 for the individual seminar.  Also, can be taken as a part of the Spirituality and Mental Health Certificate.

Alumni, Employee, and Group pricing available.  Inquire HERE

This course appeals to both mental health professionals and spiritual practitioners, as it identifies the barriers that keep them from working together. They will identify which of these barriers that they have or are encountering. It helps them to create a plan within their own context based on best practices. This will call upon both the literature and the practical experiences of the students themselves.

APA CEs Pending

24 APA CEs Available. California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for license renewal by LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, and MFTs for programs from CE approved sponsors.

LCSWs and MFTs from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board for approval. California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California. CA Emergency Medical Services for EMTs and Paramedics. For questions about these CE accreditations email info@appliedwisdominstitute.org

24 Contact Hours are available to Pastors, Pastor Counselors, Nurses, and Chaplains whose certifying agencies or organizations require CEU hours. To determine whether or not your seminar qualifies for CEUs, please consult with your certifying body.


Learning Objectives
  • Explain the connections between mental health, subjective wellbeing, mental illness and human development
  • Use DSM 5 and other clinically useful classifications of spiritual distress to aid assessment and treatment planning
  • Demonstrate case analysis to determine when and under what circumstances is spirituality/religion appropriate subjects in therapy
  • Evaluate and utilize effective spiritual assessment and intervention tools for use by Mental Health Practitioners
  • Create or adapt a model for the integration of spirituality/religion in clinical practice
  • Compare and contrast major conceptualizations of spirituality/religion as they relate to mental health and wellbeing
  • Examine and critique spiritual competencies in psychology and related disciplines
  • Demonstrate case analysis to illustrate importance of attending to spiritual issues in mental health practice
  • Critique theory and research on psychospiritual connections and their implication for the treatment of mental health
  • List and discuss three classification models of spiritual distress to support treatment planning
  • Use formal and informal spiritual assessment tools to aid diagnostic evaluation
  • Analyze the centrality of the therapeutic alliance/relationship and the elements that make it successful
  • Compile appropriate techniques and strategies for integrating client spirituality to create a spirit centered therapeutic alliance
  • Use evidenced based interventions to support desired therapy outcomes
  • Use best practice interventions geared to specific mental disorders
  • Assess theory and research supporting conceptualizations of spiritual development
  • Discuss spirituality as a therapeutic resource for individual, family and community healing and transformation
  • Describe ways in which spirituality can be a platform for participation in broad based collaborative efforts to confront oppressive social structures

Seminar participants meet over the Internet using browser-based conferencing software.


SEP 3 – OCT 24 2019


Tuesdays, 4:30 – 6:30 pm PST
Wednesdays, 4:30 – 6:00 pm PST


Seminars are delivered online through the Zoom conferencing system on the Internet. Meetings are live / synchronous. All participants are visible to each other and engage in the conversations through the system.

Ready to Put Spirituality into Practice

Supported in conversation with people from all walks of life, each person who passes through an AWI seminar learns how to connect, engage and restore the person who needs the unique support that they alone provide.  Take this seminar as part of the Certificate in Mental Health and Spirituality, or by itself to earn continuing education units (CEUs) as you learn to infuse spirituality into your clinical practice.