Spiritual Integration: Mental Health 1

The first part of this series, Spiritual Integration: Mental Health—Steady with the Wind, Course 1 offers five APA-approved CE credits for mental health professionals. Learn to assess, incorporate, and converse about all aspects of clients’ lives.

Takes approximately 5 hours to complete.


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Course Description

Mental health professionals address all areas of our clients’ lives, especially those connected to their identity. Identity is often deeply influenced by religion and spirituality, but these can be difficult topics to directly address with clients. Lack of practitioner expertise as well as clients’ negative experiences with religion and spirituality can often stand in the way of holistic healing.

In this series, Spiritual Integration: Mental Health—Steady with the Wind, you will be introduced to a framework for assessing and incorporating spiritual, existential, religious, and theological conversations into your mental health work.

Join lead instructor Dr. Brad Strawn along with Dr. Alexis Abernethy, Dr. David Wang, & Dr. Christin J. Fort as they demonstrate ways to navigate through these uncharted waters.

Topics to be Covered

Assessing Client’s Spirituality

Collaboration with Spiritual & Religious Leaders

Impact of Your Religious Background

Using Strengths & Resources in Treatment

Working with Spiritual Strain


The first part of this series, Spiritual Integration: Mental Health—Steady with the Wind, Course 1, introduces the integration of psychology and spirituality, emphasizing practical tools for application and continued study. 

We estimate that this will take you about five hours to complete (but not all in one sitting!). This course offers five APA-approved psychology continuing education credits.

Meet Your Instructors

Brad Strawn

Brad Strawn is the chief of spiritual formation and integration for the seminary, dean of the chapel, and serves on the Senior Leadership Team. In his many years serving as the chair of integration in the Clinical Psychology Department, Strawn was responsible for strategically integrating theology and psychology into the curriculum of Fuller’s doctoral programs, as well as leading spiritual retreats for students. Prior to joining Fuller he served as vice president for spiritual development and dean of the chapel at Southern Nazarene University.

Christin J. Fort

Christin J. Fort joined Fuller’s faculty in 2022 is an assistant professor of clinical psychology and is an associate editor for the Journal of Psychology and Christianity.

Her scholarship, research, teaching, preaching, and clinical practice lie at the intersections of faith, race, emotional health and relational well-being. She is the author of a range of academic articles published in journals such as the Journal of Psychology and Theology, Pastoral Psychology, and the aforementioned Journal of Psychology and Christianity.

Alexis D. Abernethy

Alexis Abernethy has served at Fuller as professor of Clinical Psychology since 1998 and has served on the Brehm Center’s steering committee. She is currently the Chief Academic Officer for Fuller Theological Seminary.

Her primary research interest is the intersection between spirituality and health, and she has received grants from California Cancer Research Program, the National Cancer Institute, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, and the Templeton Foundation.

David C. Wang

David Wang is a licensed psychologist, pastor, editor of the Journal of Psychology and Theology, and serves on the editorial board for the APA journal Spirituality in Clinical Practice. In 2022, he joined Fuller’s faculty as the Cliff and Joyce Penner Chair for the Formation of Emotionally Healthy Leaders.

His research interests include trauma and traumatic stress, spiritual formation and spiritual theology (with special interest in the experience of the spiritual desert), and various topics related to multicultural psychology, peace, and justice.

Fuller & Pine Rest

Fuller Seminary is an evangelical, multidenominational graduate institution committed to forming global leaders for kingdom vocations. Responding to changes in the church and world, Fuller is transforming the seminary experience for both traditional students and those beyond the classroom: providing theological formation that helps Christ-followers serve as faithful, courageous, innovative, collaborative, and fruitful leaders in all of life, in any setting.

Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services is a nonprofit organization founded in 1910 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Pine Rest is the third largest non-profit behavioral health provider in the U.S., offering a full continuum of services including psychiatric urgent care, inpatient and partial hospitalization, residential, outpatient and teletherapy services, addiction treatment and recovery, extensive child and adolescent programs, senior care services, as well as specialized assessment and treatment clinics.

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