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Course: Integrating Spirituality Into Treatment: Resources for Practitioners
edited by William R. Miller

CE Credit Hours: 11
Fee: $55

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This was a wonderful book. I haven't enjoyed reading a textbook so much in years. Every chapter was relevant, and the diversity of spiritual practices seemed well balanced. I really appreciate the differentiation between spirituality and religion which was elucidated in every chapter. - Kate, LCSW, Texas


This APA published text is an excellent reference for clinicians seeking ideas on the synthesis of spirituality and therapy. CE participants will review a thorough history of the relationship between spirituality and mental health. The book also explores: theory, treatment interventions, assessment measures, therapeutic skills and fresh concepts for improving clinical training.

By way of presentation, Miller divided this 261 page book into four sections. It opens with chapters providing a context for discussing the integration of spirituality and mental health, their history and the assessment of spirituality. The text then reviews some present day applications of spirituality in treatment such as mindfulness, values clarification and behavioral approaches. Common treatment themes such as acceptance, forgiveness and hope are discussed in the third section and the book closes with suggestions for improving the clinical training in the integration of spirituality and treatment.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the clinician will be able to:

  • know the history of the relationship between spirituality and health
  • have an increased awareness of how to assess spirituality
  • have learned practical ways of addressing spirituality and its integration into treatment
  • possess a greater understanding of spirituality and the 12-step programs
  • be better equipped to communicate about values in treatment
  • know how to apply behavioral and cognitive strategies with spirituality issues
  • be better informed on issues with predictable spiritual overtones e.g., hope; control; serenity; forgiveness and acceptance
  • be cognizant of methods to improve therapist training to better address the diversity of clients' spirituality

Syllabus / Course Instructions

  • The Course consists of reading the selected book, successfully completing an online posttest and filling out a course evaluation.
  • The book is not included. It must be purchased separately. We have supplied a link to for your convenience.
  • Purchasing your course will give you access to both a printable copy of the test and an online version. Print the test to use as a companion as you read the book and answer the questions.
  • You cannot exit the online test once you begin, so have your answers available.
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Bio: William R. Miller

William R. Miller, Ph.D. holds the title of Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry at The University of New Mexico. He is a Fellow of both the American Psychological Association and The American Psychological Society. Dr. Miller is the director of Research for the University of New Mexico's Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions.

He received his Ph.D. degree in clinical psychology from the University of Oregon in 1976. Dr. Miller is the recipient of a 10-year senior career Research Scientist Award from NIAAA enabling a primary focus on clinical research. Dr. Miller' fundamental research interest is in the psychology of change. His research has predominantly focused on addictive behaviors as a doorway to understanding motivation and change. He is interested in the relationship of psychology and spirituality and the spiritual aspects of change.