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Incorporating Spirituality in Mental Health Approaches

Monday, June 1, 2015

Research has shown that using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) with a spiritual approach is effective to treat depression. This approach looks promising for other psychological issues as well, but more evidence based research must be conducted. The relevance of using spirituality in psychological approaches remains poorly understood and consequently, many practitioners of empirically supported treatments are hesitant in using spirituality integrated treatments. Additionally, there are few protocols that facilitate spirituality integrated approaches within the context of evidence based mental health and psychosocial support treatments. Therefore, ARDD’s next action will be to start documenting the steps that are taken in using spirituality in psychosocial work and analyzing the impact of these approaches on clients. These findings will be used to develop guidelines on how spirituality can be used in CBT treatments for clients in Jordan. To support this more, research needs to be conducted to examine the effectiveness of the treatment outcomes of the spirituality integrated therapies.

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