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010 | Research on Faith-based Therapies: What you Need to Know to Have an Evidence-based Practice or Ministry

Preconference Workshops


Harold Koenig, M.D.



Approved For CE

Psychologists, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Pastors, Pastoral Counselors, Lay Counselors, and Coaches

Approved For CME/CEU

Medical Doctors, Osteopathic Doctors, Physicians Assistants, Midwives, Nurses and Nurse Practitioners




The focus of this workshop is on briefly reviewing the research on religion and mental health, discussing why evidence-based treatments in faith-based counseling are important, illustrating evidence-based faith-based therapies now being used, describing how to design, fund, and manage randomized clinical trials (RCTs) to test the efficacy of a faith-based therapy, and apply these evidence-based faith-based therapies to clinical practice.  Challenges involved in the design, funding, and management of clinical trials will be discussed, based on a recent RCT that examined Religiously-Integrated Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (RCBT) that involved Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist forms of CBT.  Also described will be an RCT now being designed to examine Spiritually-Oriented Cognitive Processing Therapy for the treatment of “moral injury” in Veterans and active-duty military suffering from PTSD.

Learning Objectives

Describe what research has discovered about the relationship between religion and mental health and recognize why evidenced-based treatments in faith-based counseling are so important.
Identify the limitations of randomized clinical trials (RCTs) and challenges involved in conducting them.
Discuss how to design, fund, and manage an RCT to test a Faith-based approach to therapy.
Describe how to apply faith-based therapies to clinical practice.