Chapter 31. Religion and the Training of Psychotherapists

  1. Peter J. Verhagen Psychiatrist Theologian3,
  2. Herman M. Van Praag Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry4,
  3. Juan J. López-Ibor Jr Professor of Psychiatry5,
  4. John L Cox Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry6 and
  5. Driss Moussaoui Professor of Psychiatry7
  1. Allan M. Josephson Professor Adolescent Psychiatry1,
  2. John R. Peteet Associate Professor1 and
  3. Allan Tasman Professor2

Published Online: 13 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470682203.ch31

Religion and Psychiatry: Beyond Boundaries

Religion and Psychiatry: Beyond Boundaries

How to Cite

Josephson, A. M., Peteet, J. R. and Tasman, A. (2010) Religion and the Training of Psychotherapists, in Religion and Psychiatry: Beyond Boundaries (eds P. J. Verhagen, H. M. Van Praag, J. J. López-Ibor, J. L. Cox and D. Moussaoui), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470682203.ch31

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Meerkanten GGZ, Harderwijk, The Netherlands

  2. 4

    University of Maastricht, Maastricht, The Netherlands

  3. 5

    Complutense University, Madrid, Spain

  4. 6

    University of Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

  5. 7

    Ibn Rushd University, Casablanca, Morocco

Author Information

  1. 1

    United States of America, USA

  2. 2

    Behavioral Sciences, United States of America, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 NOV 2009
  2. Published Print: 8 JAN 2010

Book Series:

  1. World Psychiatric Association Evidence and Experience in Psychiatry Series

Book Series Editors:

  1. Helen Herrman

Series Editor Information

  1. WPA Secretary for Publications, University of Melbourne, Australia

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470694718

Online ISBN: 9780470682203



  • training issues - residency training and continuous education;
  • religion and training of psychotherapists;
  • significant shifts in requirements - considering religion and spirituality in psychiatric training;
  • Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and religious and spiritual issues in psychiatry training;
  • historical context of training in psychiatry and religion;
  • religion and spirituality in psychotherapy;
  • contemporary challenges in training psychiatrists in psychotherapy;
  • learning to deal psychotherapeutically with religion and spirituality;
  • acknowledging potential for spirituality - helpful to patients;
  • monitoring the influence of countertransference - vital psychotherapeutic task


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Definitions

  • Historical Background

  • Contemporary Challenges in Training Psychiatrists in Psychotherapy

  • Why is Religion Important in Psychotherapy?

  • What to Teach?

  • How to Teach

  • Integration into Curricula

  • Challenges for the Future

  • References