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SC 630

Spiritual Cognitive Therapy Counseling


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This course focuses on using the spiritually informed cognitive therapy method in counseling for psychological disorders or counseling for spiritual healing and growth. The thesis by Downing investigated counseling issues of spiritual nature using cognitive therapy. The problem is that spirituality has gained momentum in this generation while therapists may not be caught up and appropriately trained.  Given a high number of therapist claiming atheism and agnosticism, there is learning to pursue by the counselor or therapist regarding possible religious beliefs and how to connect proven cognitive therapy with spirituality and perspectives. On the other hand, religious leaders may not possess clinical skills in order to provide effective spiritual guidance. The dissertation by Good investigated the application of the spiritually informed cognitive behavioral therapy (SICBT) and proposed a 12 week course of SICBT. Details of contents for every session were proposed. In addition, using the Bible, passages were proposed for various disorders. Hours of continuing education = 50. Course Code: SC 630

Instructor/Course Author: R. Hope Ishak, Ph.D, MS, BE

Email: RagaaTIshakPhD@gmail.com

Resume: access here

BOARD APPROVALS: The American Institute of Health Care Professionals (The Provider) is approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses, Provider number # CEP 15595 for 50 Contact Hours. Access information

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TIME FRAME: You are allotted two years from the date of enrollment, to complete all of the continuing education courses in the substance abuse practitioner program. There are no set time-frames, other than the two year allotted time. If you do not complete the courses within the two-year time-frame, you will be removed from the course and an "incomplete" will be recorded for you in our records. Also, if you would like to complete the courses after this two-year expiration time, you would need to register and pay the course tuition fee again.


There is not required textbook for this course. Learning materials are provided to students inside of the online classroom.

GRADING: You must achieve a passing score of at least 70% to complete this course and receive the 50 hours of awarded continuing education credit. There are no letter grades assigned. You will receive notice of your total % score. Those who score below the minimum of 70% will be contacted by the and options for completing additional course work to achieve a passing score, will be presented.

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COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. To better understand when and  how to integrate spirituality and cognitive therapy,
  2. To understand relationships between spirituality, religion, Cognitive Therapy (CBT), Existential Psychology, Humanistic Psychology, Psychoanalysis, and Spiritually informed CBT,
  3. To learn of shortcomings of cognitive therapy when counseling spiritual individuals,
  4. To learn how to counsel individuals struggling with spiritual issues defined by Moody’s book “The Five Stages of Spirituality”,
  5. To learn how cognitive therapy interacts with various spiritual beliefs and various stages of spirituality,
  6. To learn how to counsel spiritual individuals through the manualized treatment approach,
  7. To learn techniques to counsel individuals with Christian focus out of depression when clinical skills are lacking or spirituality information of patient is lacking


  1. Downing (2005) Characteristics of  Cognitive Therapy (CT)
  2. Relation of Spirituality and the individual
  3.  Primary causes of disorders
  4. About sharing transcendent experiences
  5. Measures of spirituality
  6. Relation of purpose and meaning to disorders
  7. Relation of soul realization and finding oneself
  8. Ellis REBT and CT
  9. Fromm humanistic religion
  10. Wollfolk, Lehrer, and Maslow’s existential psychology
  11. Disassociation, denial, social miseries, and detached religious attitudes
  12. Peace for painful thoughts, acceptance when not accepted
  13. Existential Therapy (ET), Transpersonal Psychology (TP), Jungian and religious psychotherapy
  14. Jung's use of symbols and connection between emotional healing and spirituality
  15. Personal freedom and CT
  16. Client empowerment and psychoanalysis
  17. Jungian global spiritual appeal and alternative to CT
  18. Harry Moody Five stages of the soul
  19. TP relation to breakthrough spiritual stage
  20. Assagioli’s TP integration of spirituality & psychotherapy
  21. CT relation to automatic thoughts, statements of the mind, and messages of mind sent to self
  22. CT relation to peak experiences
  23. Good (2010) Spiritually informed CBT
  24. Mohr’s spirituality as one of four components of well being
  25. Spirituality relation to emotions
  26. Spirituality relation to search for meaning
  27. Spirituality and Hippocratic tradition
  28. Freud’s position on spirituality and mental health problems
  29. Behaviorists position on spirituality
  30. How metaphysical analysis explains world view
  31. How to identify distorted thinking patterns
  32. If religious leaders lack clinical skills
  33. Guided imagery, meditation, and other relaxation
  34. Should therapist seek God’s guidance
  35. Should therapist check mood in start of every session
  36. Should therapist psycho-educate
  37. Should therapist give homework
  38. Differences in useful biblical passages: declarative, descriptive, directive
  39. When in CT should cognitive strategies be taught
  40. Tools for visualization
  41. CT collaborative effort
  42. Using Socratic method in CT

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