Integrating Spirituality in Clinical Practice: Addressing the Spiritual Dimension in Suffering, Healing, & Resilience


As neurobiological research documents, spiritual beliefs and practices have profound influence in suffering, healing, and resilience, particularly with serious crises, trauma, or loss and chronic multi-stress conditions. Yet clinicians are often unsure how to approach spiritual matters in practice. Viewing spirituality as a dimension of human experience, Dr. Walsh will present a useful systemic framework and multi-faith perspectives to integrate spirituality in our work with individuals, couples and families. Practice guidelines, cautions, and case illustrations will be offered: 1) to explore spiritual distress that contributes to suffering or blocks positive growth; and 2) to draw on spiritual resources—whether religious or not–fitting clients’ values and preferences.

Froma Walsh, MSW, PhD, Co-Director, Chicago Center for Family Health, and Mose & Sylvia Firestone Professor Emerita, School of Social Service Administration, the University of Chicago. Dr. Walsh has developed a widely applied, research-informed Family Resilience Framework for clinical practice, integrating cultural and spiritual influences. She is the author of 120+ articles; 9 books, including Spiritual Resources in Family Therapy; Normal Family Processes; and Strengthening Family Resilience.

Date: Friday, February 6, 2015
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuition: $135
CE Credits: 5

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Danielle Khalife
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