Integrating the Spiritual Dimension in Clinical Practice: Suffering, Healing, and Resilience

As neurobiological research shows, spiritual beliefs and practices have a profound influence in suffering, healing, and resilience, particularly with serious crises, trauma, or loss and in chronic multi-stress conditions. Yet clinicians are often unsure of 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 clinical work with individuals, couples, and families. Practice guidelines, cautions, and case illustrations will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to inquire respectfully about the role of spiritual/religious beliefs and practice in everyday life and in adversity
  • Explore ways that clients’ past, present, or potential spiritual resources can facilitate therapeutic goals and client well-being
  • Explore therapists’ own spiritual journey and interface with clinical practice


Froma Walsh, MSW, PhD, is Co-Director at Chicago Center for Family Health. She is Firestone Professor Emerita at School of Social Service Administration & Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Chicago. She is also the past President at American Family Therapy Academy. Froma Walsh is the past Editor, Journal of Marital & Family Therapy. Her books are: Strengthening Family Resilience; Spiritual Resources in Family Therapy; Normal Family ProcessesLiving Beyond Loss.

Date / Time:

Friday, March 29, 2019
10 am–4 pm

Continuing Education:

5 CE Contact Hours

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