Psychology and Spirituality
Integrating Clinical Psychotherapy with Spiritual
In the modern world, our traditional culture has separated the material world,
the psychological world, and the religious world. This lack of integration has
resulted in the fragmentation of the human psyche and psychopathologies that
have contributed to the lack of well-being in both the family and the natural
An evolving openness to the integration of natural science, psychology, and
spirituality holds great promise of bringing healing to body, mind, and soul.
This workshop will help therapists and religious leaders integrate science and
spirituality to connect with clients by using the client's religious ideas in
personal healing rather than dogmatically asserting our own. You will gain
insights into blending spirituality into the therapeutic process as well as
tools to assess effectiveness
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
• Identify how therapists can utilize spiritual
insights from all major religions in professional treatment techniques without
demonstrating personal bias
• Discuss why spirituality is recognized by divisions of both the American
Counseling Association and the American Psychological Association as an
important dimension of human experience and, therefore, essential to our
• Recognize aspects of human development that involve spirituality and the
• Discuss how religion affects culture and how faith leaders and therapists can
work within cultural beliefs in the therapeutic process
• Recognize how psychopathologies interfere with spiritual growth
• Evaluate the value of dialogue in the therapeutic setting that integrates
psychological well-being and spiritual beliefs
• Design psychotherapy processes that integrate spiritual practices with
traditional clinical psychotherapy
• Assess our effectiveness in moving persons into healthier, happier lives
• Analyze the connections between psychological and spiritual healing with
social and ecological epair
• Explore how meditation practiced by major world religions can be used in
healing of body, mind, and soul
• Discuss how to blend science, psychology, and spirituality as a means to help
clients heal psychologically and promote wellbeing
• Explore the relationship between quantum physics, evolutionary biology, neuro-science,
consciousness research, and world religions
• Discuss the science behind the power of prayer and intentional consciousness
• Recognize the benefits for both clients and clinicians when therapists explore
their own beliefs and spiritual practices
WALT PORTER, MDiv, PhD, is a Licensed
Professional Counselor and a Diplomat Pastoral Psychotherapist. He currently has
a church-based counseling center, Shepherd's Touch Center for Pastoral
Counseling, in Columbus, Mississippi. He also provides Clinical Pastoral
Education (CPE) for pastors and trains pastors to become Certified Pastoral
Counselors. Dr. Porter has been an adjunct professor at Mississippi State
University in the Psychology and Counselor Education departments as well as the
Mississippi University for Women's Psychology Department and has developed
classes and counseling models that integrate science, psychology, and
Dr. Porter has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Agriculture from the University of
Kentucky, a Master of Divinity degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological
Seminary (United Methodist), and a Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Counseling
Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi. He is passionate about
promoting the care of people and the world, the experience of personal
spirituality, and healing within the human family. He believes that reconnecting
with the natural world and the realm of Spirit are essential to the promotion of
global harmony throughout the world and in local communities.
"Very thought-provoking, well-planned and well-executed program. The workbook
was well done and speaker followed his outline, covering relevant material. Dr.
LaChance was approachable and clear in his presentation. The seminar makes me
want to learn more on the topic and gave me the tools to do so." - Laura
Montgomery, Psychologist, Conroe, Texas
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
- Social Workers
- Marriage and Family Therapists
- Pastoral Counselors/Clergy
- Other Religious Professionals
- Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors
- Case Managers
- Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners
CREDITS (Not available with Audio CD)
Cross Country Education, LLC is accredited as a provider of continuing
nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on
This course is offered for 6 contact hours.
Cross Country Education is approved by the California Board of Registered
Nursing, Provider #CEP 13345, for 7.2 contact hours.
Cross Country Education is an approved provider with the Iowa Board Of Nursing,
approved provider #328. This course is offered for 7.2 contact hours.
Cross Country Education is an approved provider by the Florida Board of Nursing,
provider #50-466. This course is offered for 7.2 contact hours.
Cross Country Education provider #1005, is approved as a provider for social
work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Licensure Boards (ASWB),
through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program (approved through
1-27-12). Cross Country Education maintains responsibility for the program.
Social workers will receive 6 continuing education clock hours for participating
in this course. Licensed social workers should contact their individual state
jurisdiction to review the current continuing education requirements for
licensure renewal. Visit ASWB's website at www.aswb.org for more information.
Cross Country Education is an approved provider by NAADAC Approved Education
Provider Program (Provider #369). This course is offered for 6 contact hours.
Cross Country Education is approved by the American Psychological Association to
sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Cross Country Education
maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program offers 6
CE credits for psychologists. Full attendance is required to receive credit for
psychologist, variable credit for partial attendance may not be awarded based on
the APA guidelines.
CCMC Approved Activity The course listed above was completed on November 17, 18
or 19, 2009 and is approved for 6 CEUs. Sponsor code: 00059481 Approval number:
00059481-A237 To claim these CEUs, log into your CE Center account at
Cross Country Education is an NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP™)
and may offer NBCC approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.
(NBCC Provider #5904) The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the
program. Six (6) contact (clock) hours are being awarded for completion of this
This program has been approved by the Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family
Therapy for 6 continuing education hours (Approval #3863).
This seminar qualifies for 6 continuing education hours as required by many
national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save
your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or
organization for specific filing requirements.
TRAINING SEMINAR TIME:
Training Seminar Check-In: 7:30AM Training Seminar Class:
8:00AM - 3:00PM
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2 to 4 $169.00 5 or more $149.00
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