Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy (SIP) Program
The ACPE Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy (SIP) Training Program is a multi-disciplinary, inter-spiritual, multi-racial community of persons gathered for education, connection, and formation in the work of spiritually integrated psychotherapy. It serves licensed and pre-licensed mental health professionals (i.e., counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists, pastoral counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, addiction specialists, and more), as well as graduate students in any of those disciplines, who seek to explore the ways spirituality, religion, and the search for meaning influence their own lives and the lives of their clients.
The Program includes:
- A 30-hour continuing education curriculum, offered by SIP Trainers in the communities where they live and work
- A post-curriculum certification process (20 hours of consultation with a local SIP Trainer and a Peer Review)
- SIP Communities of Practice where connection, learning, and professional formation can continue beyond the certification process
- A Train the Trainer program to develop and support SIP Trainers
The SIP Program recognizes that high-quality therapists become high-quality therapists over time, in formative relationships with colleagues and mentors. In addition to teaching theory and skills foundational to spiritually integrated psychotherapy, the SIP Program emphasizes personal integration, development of professional identity, and growth in a distinctive way of being.
ACPE’s SIP Program is an alignment with ACPE’s core values:
- Diversity and Inclusion
ACPE is a Department of Education recognized organization that provides
- CPE programs for spiritual care professionals of any faith and in any setting
- Education, professional formation, and an organizational home for spiritually integrated psychotherapists and pastoral counselors.
The word psychotherapy means “care of the soul” (from the Greek psyche + therapeia). While the history of psychotherapy includes theorists and practitioners with a bias against spirituality and religion, there have always been those who found effective ways to include spiritual wisdom in psychotherapeutic work. In recent years, there has been an outpouring of research and instruction in spiritually integrated psychotherapy, and empirical evidence demonstrating the therapeutic efficacy of attending to clients’ spiritual beliefs and practices.
The ACPE SIP Curriculum draws upon diverse spiritual traditions and psychological research to provide practical, usable resources to help therapists integrate spirituality into their work. It teaches therapists how to elicit and make therapeutic use of their clients’ spiritual perspectives and how to make ethically appropriate use of their own spiritual perspectives.
The program consists of 10, 3-hour courses, offered for continuing education credit. These are:
The courses draw upon multiple modes of teaching and learning, including:
- interactive seminars;
- role plays;
- small group work; and
- case consultation.
Many of the 10 courses can be taught independently for continuing education credit. However, the curriculum is most effective when taught in its entirety in a sequential manner.