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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.




Cost per attendee: $90

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