Spiritual Psychotherapies Think Tank

Description

On November 15––16, 2012, the Consortium sponsored a think tank at Brigham Young University during which a group of nationally respected practitioners and researchers explored ways of collaborating to bring spiritually oriented treatment approaches more fully into mainstream health care through clinical practice, training, and research.

November 15 consisted of formal presentations about these topics, held at the BYU Conference Center. In addition to the invited participants, approximately 70 students and faculty from BYU and BYU––Idaho attended these presentations.

On Friday November 16 the invited participants gathered in a retreat at Aspen Grove, Utah, to share their perspectives and interests about research and practice, and to discuss ways to collaborate and support one another. (Click here to view a brief video and news report about the conference.)

Participants

Lisa Miller, PhD, Columbia University, New York
Everett L. Worthington, Jr., PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia
George Stavros, PhD, Boston University, MA
Michael E. Berrett, PhD, Center for Change, Utah
Buffy Bernhardt, LMSW, Nyack Center for Healing, New York
Aurelie Athan, PhD, Columbia University, New York
Joshua N. Hook, PhD, University of North Texas, Texas
Nathaniel G. Wade, PhD, Iowa State University, Iowa
Steven J. Sandage, PhD, Bethel University, Minnesota
Steven A. Smith, PhD, Brigham Young University, Utah
Randy K. Hardman, PhD, Brigham Young University-Idaho
Timothy B. Smith, PhD, Brigham Young University, Utah
Brent D. Slife, PhD, Brigham Young University, Utah
Gary Weaver, PhD, Licensed Psychologist, Utah
Jared Hill, MS, Mental Health Counselor, Utah
Mark Butler, PhD, Brigham Young University, Utah
Kristin Hansen, PhD, Brigham Young University, Utah
Wendy Ulrich, PhD, Brigham Young University, Utah
Lane Fischer, PhD, Brigham Young University, Utah
P. Scott Richards, PhD, Brigham Young University, Utah
David Wood, PhD, LDS Family Services, Utah
Shawn Edgington, PhD, Canyon Counseling Center, Utah
Alan Hansen, PhD, Canyon Counseling Center, Utah
Scott Owen, PhD, Canyon Counseling Center, Utah
Stevan Lars Nielsen, PhD, Brigham Young University, Utah
Dan Barnes, PhD, Brigham Young University-Idaho
Peter Sanders, PhD Student, Brigham Young University, Utah
Jason McBride, PhD Student, Brigham Young University, Utah
Troy Lea, PhD Student, Brigham Young University, Utah

 

Purpose

1. To give practitioners opportunities to share insights they have gained about incorporating spirituality into psychotherapy and supervision.

2. To give researchers opportunities to share insights they have gained about how to conduct valid clinically relevant research on spiritually oriented psychotherapies

3. To give practitioners and researchers opportunities to explore ways they can collaborate to bring spiritually oriented psychotherapies into mainstream practice, research, and training in the health care professions

 

Accomplishments

Bridges: A Research-Practice Network

A major accomplishment of the think tank conference retreat at Aspen Grove was the participants’ decision to form a research-practice network to facilitate and organize their work on spiritually oriented psychotherapies.

This network formalized the agreement of the practitioners and researchers to support and assist each other in research, practice, and training by establishing long-term relationships. Following are some of the ways the group agreed to facilitate this collaboration:

1. Organize a LinkedIn group to foster discussion and collaboration

2. Maintain a website for information and resources to assist in research, practice and training

3. Create an internet-based assessment system to facilitate collaborative psychotherapy outcome research

Participants also agreed to work together to seek grant monies to help support their collaborative efforts in advancing scholarship and providing clinical training for spiritually oriented psychotherapies.