The focus during this workshop will be on: 1) briefly reviewing the research on religion and mental health in Christians, 2) discussing why evidence-based treatments in Christian counseling are important, 3) illustrating evidence-based Christian therapies now being used, and, in particular, 4) describing how to design, fund, and manage randomized clinical trials (RCTs) to test the efficacy of a Christian therapy. Challenges involved in the design, funding, and management of clinical trials will be discussed based on a recent RCT that examined Religiously-Integrated Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (RCBT) that involved Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist forms of CBT. Also described will be an RCT now being designed to examine Spiritually-Oriented Cognitive Processing Therapy for the treatment of ???moral injury? in veterans and active duty military suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, and the difficulties involved in acquiring the necessary support to conduct such a study.
Presented by: Harold Koenig, M.D.
- Learn about what research has discovered about the relationship between religion and mental health, and recognize why evidenced-based treatments in Christian counseling are so important
- Understand the limitations of RCTs and challenges involved in conducting them
- Learn how to design, fund, and manage an RCT to test a Christian approach to therapy