Psychologists and Clergy Working Together: A Collaborative Treatment Approach for Religious Clients

Matthew Breuninger, Sara L. Dolan, José I. Padilla, Matthew S. Stanford
2014 The Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health  
Positive religious engagement has numerous benefits for individuals struggling with mental health difficulties. There is, however, a dearth of literature addressing ways that secular psychologists can engage a client's religious belief system in a manner that allows the positive benefits of the client's religious and/or spiritual involvement to be experienced within therapy without requiring religious knowledge or theological training by the psychologist. The following article proposes a
more » ... e proposes a collaborative treatment model composed of distinct interventions functioning in a cooperative, coordinated manner. Discussion is also given to principles that aid psychologists in coordinating psychological and spiritual interventions into a coherent and cooperative treatment process.
doi:10.1080/19349637.2014.925359 fatcat:tfua6hztabfnjlp25ztzmi2nuq