Religious and spiritual diversity training in professional psychology: A case study

Mark R. McMinn, Rodger K. Bufford, Michael J. Vogel, Tyler Gerdin, Brian Goetsch, Michelle M. Block, Jason K. Mitchell, Mary A. Peterson, Winston Seegobin, Carlos Taloyo, Nicholas R. Wiarda

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Despite the American Psychological Association's long-standing commitment to training in diversity, legitimate concerns can be raised about the adequacy of spiritual/religious diversity training in professional psychology programs. An example is provided of a doctoral program that intentionally trains students in religious and spiritual diversity from a pluralistic and diverse perspective. Coursework, clinical competencies, clinical training, research, ethical training, and outcome assessment are explored from both faculty and student perspectives. Implications are discussed, including religious and spiritual diversity training in graduate programs and continuing education, research questions regarding how students are trained in this area, clinical practice suggestions to help professional psychologists consider religious and spiritual issues with patients and clients, and policy recommendations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-57
Number of pages7
JournalTraining and Education in Professional Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Diversity
  • Diversity training
  • Religious and spiritual issues


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