The Origins of Meditation Research: Herbert Benson

Herbert Benson,MD's pioneering research on meditation, which he considered equivalent to the relaxation response, helped established the efficacy of mindfulness for healthcare. His first research subjects were practitioners of TM meditation which involves the repetition of a word or phrase (called mantra meditation).
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  • Do you want to have evidence-informed and ethically-sensitive conversations with clients about how mindfulness practices could improve their recovery and treatment outcomes?

  • Do you want to be able to share mindfulness practices with clients through the use of free online resources?

  • Do you want to make appropriate recommendations and referrals for clients who want to integrate mindfulness practices into their treatments?

Instructor is David Lukoff, PhD, is co-author of the DSM 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 won the Exemplary Paper award from the Templeton Foundation (for an article published in Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease) and was given an award  by the San Francisco Community Mental Health Services that read: “In recognition of the pioneering and persistent efforts…which led to the inclusion of V62.89 Religious or Spiritual Problem in the DSM-IV”

The courses provide you with the knowledge, including the evidence-base, required:

  • 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


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.

Courses are free to preview in their entirety. One (1) Ce credit is available for $10. SCA courses are accepted by 3 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.

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

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For questions or additional information, contact David Lukoff, Ph.D.  Email  Phone: (707) 763-3576