Psychology of Spirituality and Religion
Instructor: Rachael Goren-Watts
Course Dates: June 3 – July 1, 2014
Class Meeting Times: Tuesdays (6/3, 6/10, 6/17, 6/24, 7/1) and Thursdays (6/12 and 6/19) from 9:00 am – noon
This course will present a rationale for the importance of attending to spiritual and religious issues in psychology. Students will develop a working definition of spirituality and religion. To enhance multicultural competence, we will delineate the core tenets of the five largest organized religions in the United States (Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, and Buddhism). Students will learn to assess religious and spiritual problems and identify some of the key spiritual issues that might arise during the course of therapy, as well as explore the current research on religion and spirituality in psychology. To enhance the self-awareness of students' identity as it impacts clinical and research practice, students will explore their own core values, assumptions, and biases regarding issues of spirituality and religion.