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The Dynamic Process of Religious and Spiritual Assessment

Gina Magyar-Russell, Ph.D.
July 19, 2017, 12 noon - 1:30 pm
MPA Office, Columbia, MD and online via Zoom
1.5 CEs, $30/MPA/MSPA members, $55/Non-members

Online registration is closed. Please call the office to register

Workshop Instructional Level: Beginning & Intermediate Level - no prior knowledge of religious and spiritual assessment is required; the workshop strives to be accessible for those at the "beginning level" of knowledge in this area, and also to be useful for clinicians with familiarity and experience working with religiousness and spirituality in clinical settings.

There is no potential conflict of interest and/or commercial support for this program or its presenter.

This workshop will describe in detail the multifaceted and dynamic process of religious and spiritual assessment. Substantive and functional frameworks for defining and understanding religiousness and spirituality will be presented. Participants will learn to distinguish between explicit and implicit methods of religious and spiritual assessment, as well as learn practical strategies and tools in each domain in order to work toward developing a plan to employ techniques into one's own clinical work, research and/or workplace. Case examples and creative exercises will be used to share and explore new ways of thinking about religious and spiritual conversations with patients, within mental health care, and in hospitals and outpatient clinics in general.

This workshop is designed to help you:

  1. Explain the purpose of carrying out a religious and spiritual assessment with clients within the context of mental health treatment;
  2. Describe the meaning of key terms in the religious and spiritual assessment literature, including substantive and functional conceptualizations of religion and spirituality;
  3. Utilize explicit and implicit approaches to sensitively and competently assess clients' religiousness and spirituality.

Gina Magyar-Russell, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Pastoral Counseling at Loyola University Maryland and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland. She is a licensed psychologist in Maryland who specializes in psychological and spiritual adjustment following adverse health events. She has co-authored over 30 publications on religiousness, spirituality and health, as well as depression and anxiety, in a variety of medical patient populations. She maintains an active program of research in religious and spiritual appraisals, coping, and struggle, and integrates religion and spirituality into her supervision of psychotherapy.