Integrating Your Client's Spirituality in Clinical Practice

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How often do you encounter a client who brings up issues of a religious/spiritual nature or who wishes to integrate their faith into therapy? Do you wish y...
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Heidi Schreiber-Pan
6 Hours 13 Minutes
Audio and Video
Mar 31, 2017


  • Learn multidisciplinary interventions to treat the whole person
  • Safely integrate spiritual principles into psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness practice as a tool for spiritual growth
  • Discover how stories and metaphors can increase insight and lead to transformation
  • Experience spiritual practices and tools in psychotherapy

How often do you encounter a client who brings up issues of a religious/spiritual nature or who wishes to integrate their faith into therapy? Do you wish you had a better clinical foundation in spiritually integrative psychotherapy or a more comprehensive mindfulness tool box for your clients?

Throughout this workshop, Heidi Schreiber-Pan, Ph.D., LCPC will help you incorporate elements of these modalities to form a comprehensive treatment plan that includes therapeutic strategies and effective interventions. Experience how the successful integration of spirituality can enhance clinical rapport and give clients the sense of feeling understood.

Additionally, you will learn how to use metaphors, stories or folktales as a way to shift perspectives and develop an understanding of spiritual concepts such as Zen teachings.

You will leave with competence in spiritual/religious assessment, improved ability to use spiritually-oriented treatment approaches, and the skill to add mindfulness techniques into traditional forms of therapy.



Competencies When Integrating Spirituality into Counseling

  • A rational for spirituality in the practice of counseling
  • Therapist self-awareness of spirituality
  • Treatments that incorporate client’s spirituality
  • Case studies of spiritual issues in therapy
  • Implicit and explicit approaches to spiritual integration

Integration of Spiritual Principles into Counseling

  • Clinical assessment of client’s spirituality
  • Spirituality’s effect on the therapeutic alliance
  • Ethical guidelines

Spiritual Intervention

  • Ten tools for your therapeutic tool box
  1. Meaning and purpose: Value card sort
  2. Spiritual meditation & prayer
  3. Spiritual journal writing
  4. Sacred texts & writings
  5. Spiritual imagery
  6. Forgiveness & letting go
  7. God image
  8. Spiritual transcendence in nature
  9. Spiritual metaphors and stories
  10. Learning from spiritual models

Essential Components of Spirituality and Mindfulness Integration

  • Convergence of neuroscience and mindfulness
  • "Decentering" as a way of disengaging from self-criticism, rumination, and negative thinking patterns
  • The healing power of awareness: Seeing thoughts as creations of the mind
  • Reconnecting & befriending feelings

Mindfulness Practice as a Tool for Spiritual Growth

  • Cultivating mindfulness: Mindful eating, mindful walking, mindful breathing
  • Stories & metaphors as a gateway to experiencing mindfulness
  • Here and now - grounding in the sacred moment
  • Encountering self-compassion & loving-kindness
  • Shifting perspectives through gratitude practice

Case Example/Experiential

  • Practical application of both mindfulness and spirituality: A case example


Integrating Your Client's Spirituality in Clinical Practice

Heidi Schreiber-Pan, Ph.D., LCPC. NCC Related seminars and products: 3

Heidi Schreiber-Pan, Ph.D., LCPC, NCC, is a licensed professional clinical counselor in Baltimore, Maryland, where she runs a private practice. She works with various community and faith organizations to merge spirituality and psychology.

Dr. Schreiber-Pan is also affiliate assistant professor at Loyola University Maryland, teaching for the department of Pastoral Counseling, a premier CACREP-approved counseling education program that integrates the pastoral/spiritual, clinical, and scientific dimensions of counseling psychology.

Dr. Schreiber-Pan specializes in anxiety disorders and provides therapy that integrates spiritually and mindfulness. Her workshops and seminars are offered all over the East Coast. She investigated the role of faith in trauma and the effect of nature on psychological well-being and spirituality.

Speaker Disclosure:

Financial: Heidi Schreiber-Pan is in private practice. She receives a consulting fee from Loyola University. Dr. Schreiber-Pan receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Heidi Schreiber-Pan is a member of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision; the American Counseling Association; and Maryland Association for Counseling and Development.