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David Rosmarin Recorded Webinar: Spirituality, Religion & Cognitive Behavior Therapy: What Clinicians Need to Know


Thursday, September 19, 2019

11 am – 12:30 pm Eastern/ 10 am – 11:30 pm Central/ 9 am – 10:30 am Mountain/ 8 am – 9:30 am Pacific


The vast majority of CBT clinicians receive no training in how to broach spiritual matters with patients, and many never inquire about this domain at all (Rosmarin, Green, Pirutinsky & McKay, 2013). These limitations are significant considering that more than nine in ten Americans believe in God (Gallup Poll, 2011) and the statistical majority of psychotherapy patients wish to discuss spirituality in treatment (Rose, Westefeld, & Ansley, 2001). Based on current research this workshop will present an easy-to-understand framework for CBT clinicians to conceptualize the relevance of spirituality/religion to a variety of mental health concerns. Attendees will also learn how to implement a brief CBT-based assessment of spirituality/religion in clinical practice.

 Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

(1) Describe at least three ways that spirituality/religion is functionally related to mental health

(2) Formulate spiritual/religious resources and struggles in clinically meaningful terms

(3) Implement a brief CBT-based assessment of spirituality/religion in clinical practice.

About the Presenter:

David H. Rosmarin, PhD, ABPP is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and director of the McLean Hospital Spirituality & Mental Health Program, where he oversees the provision of spiritually-integrated evidence-based mental health care. He is also the Founder and Director of the Center for Anxiety, which has offices throughout metropolitan New York. Dr. Rosmarin is a board certified clinical psychologist and a prolific researcher who has authored over 70 peer-reviewed publications, including a recent book entitled "Spirituality, Religion & Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: A Guide for Clinicians" (Guilford Press, 2018). His clinical work and research have received media attention from ABC, NPR, Scientific American, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times.

Recommended Readings

Pargament, K.I. (2007). Spiritually integrated psychotherapy: Understanding and addressing the sacred. New York: Guilford Press.

Rosmarin, D.H., Pargament, K.I. & Robb, H. (2010). Spiritual and religious issues in behavior change. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 17(4), 343-347.

Weber, S.R., & Pargament, K.I. (2014). The role of religion and spirituality in mental health. Current Opinions in Psychiatry, 27(5), 358-363.

Captari, L.E., Hook, J.N., Hoyt, W., Davis D.E., McElroy-Heltzel S.E., & Worthington Jr., E.L. (2018). Integrating clients’ religion and spirituality within psychotherapy: A comprehensive meta-analysis. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 74(11), 1938-1951.

Rosmarin, D.H. (2018). Spirituality & Cognitive Behavior Therapy: A Guide for Clinicians. New York: Guilford Press.


About the Moderator: Shadi Beshai, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Regina, in Saskatchewan, Canada. His areas of research interest include understanding the impact of demographic (e.g., culture) and cognitive (e.g., negative self-talk) factors in the development and treatment of depression. 

Item No: DRRW
Member Price: $25.00
Non-Member Price: $35.00

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