Psychology and Religion Essay

1221 Words May 21st, 2012 5 Pages
PROJECT 6 Kaplan University

ABSTRACT
This deductive essay explores the relationship between and the practices involving psychology and religion in order to uphold the ethics code. There is a sensitivity level that must be exhibited by psychology professionals that practice traditional psychology in order to make clients feel comfortable and secure in the treatment setting. In addition, this essay explains the use of religion in non-traditional psychology and the professional manner according to the ethics code in which using non-traditional approaches involving religion should be used.

In order to understand religion and psychology and how they correlate we
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On one end of the spectrum is “religiously sensitive therapies” which is the practice of blending traditional psychology with religious sensitivity. In the middle of the spectrum is “religiously accommodative therapies” a practice that does not promote one particular faith but that integrates the faith of the client by using spiritual interventions that pertain to their faith if necessary. On the other end of the spectrum are “theistic therapies which are therapies that are centered around the religious beliefs of the individual psychologist and involve their own religious techniques in the healing process (Fisher, 2009).

It is important that all psychologists are competent in their skills to assess and determine mental health problems related to spiritual beliefs. Fisher describes being competent as:

Understanding how religion presents itself in mental health and
Psychopathology; self-awareness of religious bias that may impair
Therapeutic Effectiveness, including awareness that being a member of a faith tradition is not Evidence of expertise in the integration of religion/spirituality into mental health Treatment; techniques to assess and treat clinically relevant religious/spiritual beliefs And emotional reactions; and knowledge of data on mental health effectiveness of religious imagery, prayer or other religious techniques (2009).

In addition psychologists

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