Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy

Ken Pargament published a book titled Spiritually Oriented Psychotherapy: Understanding and Addressing the Sacred. It came out in 2007, but I wanted to highlight it here, as it was used this summer in our integration capstone course in the doctoral program in clinical psychology. Pargament is Professor of Psychology at Bowling Green State University and has conducted extensive research on religious coping.

 

In this book Pargament provides the reader with a research-based/informed resource for addressing religion and spirituality in clinical practice. He opens with a rationale for addressing spirituality in practice and moves into a major section on the sacred, where he covers what it means for people to discover and hold onto the sacred, particularly during times of distress.

 

Pargament also has an extensive section on conducting spiritual assessment. He discusses implicit and explicit assessment and closes with a call for more “spiritually integrated psychotherapy.”

 

Students interested in practical, clinical integration will not be disappointed by this book. Although it is not explicitly Christian, it provides a broad, far-reaching and research-derived model for addressing religion and spirituality in meaningful ways, and it is the kind of resource Christian clinicians can benefit from using with a range of clients.

2 Comments

  1. Please do. This is a book that most clinicians would benefit from reading, but particularly those interested in providing services that are respectful to religion as a diversity variable and a significant orienting aspect of a person’s life.

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