Faith, Religion & Spirituality


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As a Counsellor, Therapist or Mental Health Professional working with the GSRD community, you’re likely to encounter a wide range of spiritual and religious beliefs and practices within your client group. Individuals may carry a history of negative experiences of marginalisation by their religious or spiritual communities of origin. Alternatively they may present to therapy with affirmative spiritual experiences that have supported their journey as GSRD people.

Feeling well equipped to understand the scope of what you may encounter and what this means for your clients will help you deliver the clarity and sensitivity they require from therapy.

If you need to explore the religious and spiritual diversity that GSRD clients bring to the therapy room, Pink Therapy’s Faith, Religion and Spirituality online-learning CPD module offers you the opportunity to consider the issues from every angle so that you can develop a confident, balanced clinical approach.

You will be encouraged to develop awareness of the impact of the religious and spiritual oppression on your clients and you’ll be encouraged to consider how faith can be reconciled and integrated in their lives.

This module also outlines the pitfalls for clients around religious and spiritual exploration and experimentation. You will begin to understand the risks for clients who avoid developing their own psychological awareness because it feels easier to hide behind spiritual beliefs. You’ll consider your therapeutic approach to these issues so that you can support your clients to work through the challenges they face.

If you select ‘Self study materials only’ you will receive the information for personal learning but won’t need to submit an assignment. If you select ‘Submit an assignment for Certificate Of Study’ you will submit an assignment that will be marked by one of our Faculty. If you pass the assignment, you’ll be issued with a Certificate Of Study from Pink Therapy for 15 hours of online learning. If you don’t pass, you will be given an opportunity to resubmit.

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This 15 hour CPD module offers you the opportunity to:

  • develop awareness of the wide range of expressions of spirituality that you may encounter as a therapist working with the GSRD client group
  • explore why GSRD clients can struggle with internalised negativity caused by their experience of religion and spirituality
  • become aware of the risk of ‘spiritual bypassing’ and its implications for GSRD clients when it is used to avoid important intrapsychic enquiry
  • consider how you can support GSRD clients exploring unique expressions of spirituality, including when the use of drugs and extreme sex forms part of their spiritual practice
  • recognise how religion and spirituality can be helpful to GSRD clients when they are welcomed and integrated into faith communities and consider how this can be a powerful pathway to personal growth and healing

Candidates who submit and pass a short set of tutor-marked questions will achieve a Certificate of Study worth 15 hours of CPD credit from Pink Therapy.

About the Author: 

Jaap Westerbos AC Acc. COSRT Acc. NCP Acc. is director of NAOS Institute. He trains therapists, group facilitators, supervisors, executive coaches and leaders. He also counsels individuals and couples in the UK. He published two books: The Tao of Mashed Potatoes (1999) and World Wide We (2004). He has a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and in Religious Studies and next to this he is an accredited Interfaith Minister.

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Study options

Self study materials only, Submit an assignment for Certificate Of Study