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40th Anniversary Solihten Institute Conference – Courage and Heart in Leadership

It’s the 40th anniversary of the Solihten Institute Annual Conference!

The Conference is attended by leaders From affiliated Network Centers, plus other leaders outside the network who are interested in integrated healing.We anticipate over 100 mental health leaders in person at the three-day conference in Denver, Colorado, plus many virtual participants. CEUs are available through NBCC. 

This year’s conference theme is We’re Not In Kansas Anymore: Courage and Heart in Leadership. The conference is an inspiring 3 days of learning and connection. To view and download the detailed conference schedule, visit HERE. Non-affiliated individual participant registration is $500 (in person in Denver, CO) and $225 (virtual). You can register for the conference HERE. Information about lodging at the conference hotel is HERE.

We want to extend a special invitation to companies, organizations, and individuals to partner with us through a conference sponsorship. To learn more about conference sponsorships, download the sponsorship package HERE.

For questions about conference registration or sponsorships, email Laurie Pechie, Executive Vice President, at

Pictured above: Our conference location – Courtyard Denver Cherry Creek

NEW! Winter-Spring 2024 Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy – a la Carte Offerings

For clinicians who are interested in adding to their knowledge for practicing spiritually integrated psychotherapy (SIP), Solihten has created a NEW offering of individual didactic “a-la-carte” classes focused on key aspects of this work.

This year the course will focus on:

    • Integrating SIP with Common approaches to Therapy, e.g. CBT, ACT
    • Handling commonly presented spiritual/existential hardship and adversity, e.g. religious bypass
    • Working with marginalized populations (LGBTIQA, BIPOC)
  • It will be taught by prominent clinical leaders and published researchers in the field, e.g. Ken Pargament, Jesse Fox, Russell Siler Jones. Most of our presenters were also presenters at the APA conference in August, 2023.
  • There will be a high level of Interactivity during each two-hour session
  • Like last year, it will be offered a-la-carte, i.e. you don’t have to sign up for the whole series. You can select which offerings you want to attend.
  • We’re bringing back this year the idea of a Center offerings –e.g. you can sign up as an individual or you can sign your Center up and anyone in the Center can participate.
  • 2 CEs Offered Per Class
  • Scheduled for Fridays in Winter and Spring 2024 (January through June);
  • Contact Laurie Pechie at or Steve Duson at with any questions.

CLICK HERE for more information or to REGISTER

Spiritual Competency Training in Mental Health (SCT-MH)

Interested in Online Training in Spirituality and Mental Health?

Spiritual Competency Training in Mental Health (SCT-MH) is a multi-disciplinary online program designed to train mental health providers in basic spiritual and religious competencies. The goal of the program is to equip providers with greater confidence and competence in helping clients with religious/spiritual issues.

When is the training?

The training is ongoing and participants may start any time after July 8, 2019.

Who’s giving the training?

Kenneth I. Pargament, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology at Bowling Green State University and Michelle Pearce, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Graduate School at the University of Maryland Baltimore are offering the training to the network. Dr. Pargament is the author of the seminal work,  Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy: Understanding and Addressing the Sacred. Dr. Pearce is the author of the book, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Christians with Depression: A Practical Tool-Based Primer.

What does the training cover?

The modules cover a number of key topics:

  • common stereotypes about religion/spirituality (RS);
  • the diversity of RS expressions;
  • why it is important to address RS in treatment;
  • the importance of the therapist’s own RS attitudes, beliefs, and practices;
  • how to assess RS;
  • how to help clients access RS resources, and how to respond to RS problems that arise in treatment.

What format is the training in?

The training is online and self-paced.  It takes six to eight hours to complete, can be done on your own time, and consists of a number of engaging resources and learning activities.

Who can take the training?

Mental health providers (MD, PhD, Masters level) of all disciplines are welcome to participate. The course usually takes 4 weeks to complete, after you complete the pre-training assessment. However, you have until the end of the year to finish, if you need more time.

How much does it cost?

The training costs $90 (which includes 6 CE credits sponsored by the Maryland Psychological Association.

If you are interested in participating, you can register for the course here: If you have questions about the course, please email Dr. Michelle Pearce at

What’s the difference between this and the ATSIP Training currently being offered by the Solihten Institute?

Spiritual Competency Training in Mental Health (SCT-MH) can be a very good introduction for therapists who are considering in participating in future Advanced Training in Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy program offerings from the Institute.