Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapist (SIP) Training

SIP training is available to licensed mental health practitioners who are interested in learning how to ethically incorporate spirituality in counseling.  This training is offered by SIP trainers who have been authorized by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) with a 30-hour curriculum and 20-hour post-curriculum certification process of consultation.
Upcoming curriculum trainings are offered in face-to-face, Zoom, and hybrid online/Zoom formats.  You can find these curriculum trainings in various formats for a standardized fee of $750 per person.  

The next training offered by Dr. Carol ZA McGinnis will be in the Summer of 2022. 

People who have completed the training need to complete 20 hours of consultation with up to 12 of those hours in group format.  If you are looking for those hours please note that Group Consultation meetings are usually scheduled for the third Saturday of each month.  Contact Dr. McGinnis at cmcginnis@messiah.edu for more information. 

Spirituality and Anger

Spirituality as a Resource

Religion and spirituality can be an invaluable resource for clients who are struggling with anger. 

Spiritual Themes

Spiritual themes often associated with anger include: Injustice, righteousness, salvation, and justification by faith.

Harmful Considerations

Rigid religious and spiritual beliefs can lead to harmful outcomes in mental health.

Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapist Competencies

Psychotherapists who earn ACPE Certification in Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy will demonstrate the following competencies:

  1. Appreciation for spiritual and religious diversity and ability to work across spiritual and religious difference.
  2. Ability to work with clients holistically from a bio-psycho-social-spiritual perspective.
  3. Ability to integrate spirituality into psychotherapy in ethically appropriate manner.    
  4. Ability to conduct spiritual assessment.
  5. Ability to help clients leverage healthy spiritual resources.
  6. Ability to use a variety of spiritual interventions.
  7. Ability to help clients engage spiritual struggles.
  8. Ability to address harmful spirituality and religion in the context of psychotherapy.
  9. Ability to articulate how their personal spirituality is a resource in understanding clients, themselves, and therapeutic process.
  10. Ability to be aware of and make therapeutic use of spiritual countertransference.
Next steps

Post-curriculum Consultation

After you complete your SIP training, you will begin the 20-hour post-curriculum certification process of consultation