PYI 708: AdvSem-Spirituality & Rel Issues


81512 (for web registration)




Dean Hammer






Spring 2012

Meeting Schedule:

Mondays 1/23 - 5/7 (4:30PM-6:59PM)


Competency Area: Intervention
Restricted to Year II, Year III & Year IV students.
Restricted to Year II students from December 8 – 15; open to Year III and Year IV students on December 16.

This course will present a rationale for training clinical psychologists to attend to clients’ spiritual and religious issues. Students will develop a working definition of spirituality and religion. To enhance students’ multicultural competence, we will delineate the core tenets of the five largest organized religions in the United States (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism). Students will learn to assess religious and spiritual problems and identify some of the key spiritual issues that might arise during the course of therapy (e.g., 12-Step Programs, mindfulness, acceptance, forgiveness, hope, serenity, atheism/agnosticism, death and dying, etc.). The course will also outline potential interventions and explore ways of incorporating spiritual and religious issues into the treatment of clients. The second focus of the course is intended to enhance the self-awareness of students’ spiritual identity as it impacts their clinical performance. Students will explore their own core values, assumptions, and biases regarding issues of spirituality and religion.