022 – ***Research on Christian Therapies


Media Format: Audio Online Streaming

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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.

Learning Objectives
Participants will:

  1. 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
  2. Understand the limitations of RCTs and challenges involved in conducting them
  3. Learn how to design, fund, and manage an RCT to test a Christian approach to therapy