Are you are a psychologist, social worker, counselor, or nurse who wants to become more proficient in attending to your clients' spirituality?

In this course, you will learn:

  • What to do when your client brings up spiritual beliefs, experiences, and/or practices in therapy

  • How clients can use their own practices of meditation, prayer and other forms of spiritual engagement to support therapy

  • The science of how mindfulness, yoga, self-compassion, forgiveness affect mental health

  • How spiritual problems can affect well-being and recovery

But there's a solution. Through SCA courses, you will gain the knowledge PLUS the evidence-based skills to:

  • Have evidence-informed and ethically-sensitive conversations with clients about mindfulness.

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

  • Harness clients’ religious and spiritual strengths.

  • 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

Course Curriculum Includes

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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. He is a Professor Emeritus at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, California and has served on the faculty at Harvard University and UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute.

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, Associate Research Scientist 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.


"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 at Saybrook Graduate School

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

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

"I am so excited to know that I am not the only one seeing the importance of this concept and how it would help to broaden the area of wellness and emphasis on the mind, body, and spirit/psyche/soul."

"This course has helped me to see the progression of the relationship between spiritual and religion. The section on the history of religion and spirituality was fascinating."

"The information presented here will help me demonstrate to my interdisciplinary colleagues that spirituality is foundational to human care...or rather is the foundation of human/holistic care."

"Learning about the SSOPP model will help me to further develop my assessment skills. It has helped me to organize my own thinking around how to administer tan assessment during both specific chaplaincy referrals and general hospitality visits.  Being better able to listen for R/S problems will help me to determine interventions depending on length of admission."

"The topic of R/S problems give me better insight on the issues our mental health patients may be facing whether they express them or not.  Thank you for this really was 'right on time' considering how I am growing in both my consciousness and in my vocation."

"I found that the course was engaging as it used different ways of teaching...videos...reading...quizzes. You delivered important information essentially without dragging out with details."

"I wanted to let you know that I found your course to be extremely valuable. There was a lot of stuff there that I did not know about."

"A 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."

"I was astounded on learning how much information and interaction was possible on the Internet. Thanks."

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

"Great job with all the materials presented. Clear and concise. Great graphics. Great instructor."

"Very important course. Thank you!

"Awesome material!"

"Thank you for putting together a great online course. I would be very interested in receiving notice of your future courses."

"I want to take a minute and just let you know how wonderful this course was.  I've already put a number of the resources to good use in my private practice."

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

"Your website is both well constructed and pleasing to the eye. Your links are extremely well organized and cover a wide variety of resources. All in all, I was quite impressed. Bravo!"

"Thanks for providing the basis for this positive experience. If you would like to use my name in endorsing your materials, I’d be happy to lend my support."

“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.”

Want more credits? Buy the comprehensive series of forgiveness, mindfulness, and self-compassion courses.


  • Self-Compassion Practices for Mental Health Care Professionals

    $40 - 4 Courses for 4 CE Credits

    This four course bundle reviews the contemporary theories and research on psychological approaches to self-compassion the pioneers in this field the instruments for measuring this important human capacity how to use of self-compassion interventions that allow you to bring self-compassion into the clinical setting online resources such as guided self-compassion meditations for therapeutic use.

    View Self-Compassion Bundle

  • Forgiveness Practices for Mental Health Care Professionals

    $50 - 5 Courses for 5 CE Credits

    The theory and practices of forgiveness have been largely the province of the world’s religious and philosophical traditions. However the topic has recently attracted the increasing interest of researchers and clinicians. Starting in the mid 1980’s, forgiveness has found a new home within psychology, and research on forgiveness began in earnest. The health benefits have been well-documented and approaches to forgiveness have been developed that therapists can currently drawn on in their work. These five courses focus on the religious background to approaches to forgiveness, contemporary research, and clinical applications.

    View Forgiveness Bundle

 SCA courses provide approved CE and CME credits through these accreditation agencies:

American Psychological Association:  The Spiritual Competency Academy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Academy maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Physicians (ACCME) Credit Designation: In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by A picture containing drawing 
Description automatically generatedAmedco, LLC and Spiritual Competency Academy (SCA).  Amedco, LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

 Amedco, LLC designates this enduring material for a maximum of 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  

California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for license renewal by LCSWs, MFTs, LPCCs, LMHCs for programs from CE approved sponsors of the American Psychological Association. LCSWs, MFTs, LPCCs, LMHCs 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

National Board of Certified Health and Wellness Coaches. (CEP Number 100196)

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For questions or additional information, contact David Lukoff, Ph.D.  Email  Phone: (415) 255-5477