Are you are a psychologist, social worker, counselor, or nurse who wants to become more spiritually competent?

  • Do your client's conversations seem to (or tend to) veer towards spiritual beliefs, experiences, and/or practices?

  • When clients ask you how they can use prayer and other spiritual practices in their therapy, have you considered that you aren't approaching the topic with the right language techniques?

  • Are your clients curious as to whether mindfulness, yoga, self-compassion, and forgiveness could help them?

  • Do your clients raise spiritual problems that are affecting their well-being and recovery?

In your clinical training program, were you provided with the essential baseline skills to be spiritually competent?

Through SCA courses, you will gain the knowledge PLUS the evidence-based skills to...

  • To have evidence-informed and ethically-sensitive conversations with clients about their spirituality

  • To make appropriate recommendations and referrals for clients who want to integrate spiritual practices into their treatments

  • To harnass clients’ religious and spiritual strengths

  • To build a stronger therapeutic alliance based on showing respect toward clients’ deeply held beliefs and values

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What is Spiritual Assessment?

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Why your mental health practice needs a Spiritual Assessment


Meet Your Instructors

David Lukoff, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and  co-author of the DSM IV and DSM 5 diagnostic category Religious or Spiritual Problem which increased awareness of spiritual issues in clinical practice. He has published over 80 articles on spirituality and mental health, many in peer reviewed journals such as Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, Schizophrenia Bulletin, Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine,  Journal of Humanistic Psychology Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, Psychiatric Annals, Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, Spirituality in Clinical Practice.

Cassandra Vieten, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist, mind-body medicine researcher, author, consultant, and public speaker. She is Executive Director of the John W. Brick Foundation, Scholar-in-Residence at the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination at the University of California, San Diego, and a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, where she served as President from 2013-2019. Her research has focused on spirituality and health, transformative experiences and practices, the development of mindfulness-based interventions for emotional well-being, and development of media technologies to inspire awe. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies, and completed her research training in behavioral genetics at UC San Francisco. She has authored three books, published numerous articles in scientific journals, and is an internationally recognized keynote speaker and workshop leader.

Course Curriculum Includes

Access the entire course for free, and pay only for CE credits

  • 1

    Introduction to Course

    • Welcome to the Course Video and Learning Objectives

    • Meet Your Instructors

    • Course Outline

    • Downloadable PDF of SSOPP Spiritual Assessment Interview

  • 2

    History of Religion and Spirituality in Healthcare

    • Learning Outcome

    • History of Religion and Spirituality in Healthcare Video

  • 3

    Culturally Competent Ethically Sensitive Spiritual Assessment

    • Learning Outcome

    • What is Spiritually-Sensitive Assessment? Video

    • Dr. Puchalski Discussing Spiritual Assessment by Physicians Using the FICA

    • Example of Culturally Inappropriate and a Culturally Competent Healthcare

    • Example of Cultural Sensitivity Regarding a Patient's Religious Beliefs

    • Example of a Cultural Sensitivity Issue Around Gender

    • Dr. Francis Lu discusses how assessing clients' spirituality as part of their cultural identity can prevent misdiagnoses

  • 4

    Overview of the Spiritual Assessment Interview

    • Learning Outcome

    • Overview of the SSOPP Interview Video

    • Full SSOPP Spiritual Assessment: Church Member

    • Full SSOPP Spiritual Assessment : Spiritual But Not Religious

  • 5

    Screening for a Spiritual Assessment

    • Learning Outcome

    • SSOPP Interview Screening for Importance of R/S Video

    • SSOPP: Screening for Importance of R/S Interview Questions

    • Screening Interactive Exercises

  • 6

    Religious and Spiritual Strengths

    • Learning Outcome

    • SSOPP Interview R/S Strengths Video

    • R/S Strengths Interview Questions

    • R/S Strengths Interactive Exercises

  • 7

    Participation in Organized Religion and Spirituality

    • Learning Outcome

    • Participation in Organized R/S Video

    • Organized R/S Interactive Exercises

    • Participation in Organized R/S Interview Questions

  • 8

    Personal Religious and Spiritual Practices

    • Learning Outcome

    • Personal R/S Video

    • Personal R/S Interview Questions

    • Personal R/S Interactive Exercises

  • 9

    Religious and Spiritual Problems

    • Learning Outcome

    • R/S Problems Video

    • R/S Problems Interview Questions

    • R/S Problems Interactive Exercises

  • 10

    SSOPP Interview Practice

    • Learning Outcome

    • SSOPP Practice: Client Responses Quiz

    • SSOPP Practice: Interview Questions Interactive Exercises

    • Client Scenarios Involving R/S

  • 11

    Quiz for CE Credit

    • Quiz Guidelines

    • Information on Continuing Education Credit for Healthcare Professionals

    • Required Course Evaluation for CE Credits

    • Quiz for CE Credit

Thoughts from Professionals about SCA courses

An excellent job of guiding people through the mental health resources.

John Suler, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, Rider University Webmaster: Psychology of Cyberspace

The information and guidance in Dr. Lukoff's courses will soon be, if not already, mandatory for all health care professionals who choose to remain current and literate in their fields.

Jeanne Achterberg, Ph.D., Former Professor of Psychology, Saybrook Graduate School

Good presentation, great selection of material and organization. This was a much more valuable use of my time than virtually all of the CEU courses I have to sit through.

This was a GREAT course. It has helped me to be a more informed clinician.

This is one of the most valuable continuing ed courses I have taken. Practical, relevant and imminently usable. Thanks.

Introduction to Spiritual Assessment Online Course

The Training and Tools you Need to Conduct an Evidence‑Based, Ethically Sensitive and Strengths‑Based Approached Assessment