Are you a psychologist, social worker, counselor, or nurse who wants to expand your skills in attending to your clients' spirituality?

In this course, you will learn:

  • Why the spiritual beliefs, experiences, and practices of clients are important to address in therapy

  • How clients can use their religious practices such as prayer and organized religious engagement to support therapy

  • How to incorporate clients' spiritual strengths and practices to positively affect their mental health

  • How spiritual problems can affect well-being and recovery

But that's not all. Through SCA courses, you will gain the knowledge PLUS the evidence-based skills to:

  • 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.

This course includes Drs. Vieten and Lukoff's PowerPoint presentations from the APA 2021 Annual Meeting and their 2022 article published in the APA journal, titled "Spiritual and Religious Competencies."

Course Curriculum

    1. Course Description

    2. Learning Objectives

    3. Meet Your Instructors

    1. Religion and Spirituality as Core Components of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Competence

    2. Spiritual Competency: Overview of Research Establishing Guidelines

    1. Dr. Vieten "A Case for Inclusion of Religion and Spirituality in Clinical Practice" APA presentation 2021

    1. David Lukoff, PhD "Conducting a Spiritual Assessment"

    1. Vieten, C., & Lukoff, D. (2022). Spiritual and religious competencies in psychology. American Psychologist, 77(1), 26–38.

    2. Spiritual Competency Introduction


About this course

  • $49.00
  • 13 lessons
  • 1 hour of video content

Take the next step in your journey to spiritual competency by enrolling in SCA's "An Evidence-Based, Ethically-Sensitive and Strength-Based Approach to Spiritual Assessment" course.

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Meet Your Instructors

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.

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.

Read An Article by Dr. Lukoff & Dr. Vieten


"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."

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SCA courses provide approved CE and CME credits for psychologists, physicians, social workers, counselors, nurses, chiropractors, occupational therapists, and coaches through the following accreditation agencies:

American Psychological Association                             ✦California Board of Behavioral Sciences 

✦California Board of Registered Nursing                        ✦The California Board of Chiropractic Examiners

✦The California Board of Occupational Therapy      

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