Chapter 32. Multicultural Education and Training in Religion and Spirituality

  1. Peter J. Verhagen Psychiatrist Theologian2,
  2. Herman M. Van Praag Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry3,
  3. Juan J. López-Ibor Jr Professor of Psychiatry4,
  4. John L Cox Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry5 and
  5. Driss Moussaoui Professor of Psychiatry6
  1. Peter J. Verhagen Psychiatrist2 and
  2. John L. Cox Emeritus Professor1

Published Online: 13 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470682203.ch32

Religion and Psychiatry: Beyond Boundaries

Religion and Psychiatry: Beyond Boundaries

How to Cite

Verhagen, P. J. and Cox, J. L. (2010) Multicultural Education and Training in Religion and Spirituality, 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.ch32

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Meerkanten GGZ, Harderwijk, The Netherlands

  2. 3

    University of Maastricht, Maastricht, The Netherlands

  3. 4

    Complutense University, Madrid, Spain

  4. 5

    University of Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

  5. 6

    Ibn Rushd University, Casablanca, Morocco

Author Information

  1. 1

    United Kingdom, UK

  2. 2

    Meerkanten GGZ, Harderwijk, The Netherlands

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



  • multicultural education and training in religion and spirituality;
  • renewed interest in place of religion in psychiatry;
  • professional associations of psychiatrists and psychologists and sensitivity to religion and spirituality in patient's life;
  • professional associations and program requirements;
  • bias against religion and spirituality;
  • attitude of psychiatrists towards religion - being complex;
  • models, helping to explain why and how religion and spirituality influence (mental) health;
  • ‘Model Curriculum Religion and Spirituality in clinical Practice’ - The National Institute for Healthcare research;
  • taking a spiritual/religious history;
  • basic trust - basic sense of trust or of fear, coloring life in a very fundamental way


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Professional Associations and Program Requirements

  • Bias Against Religion and Spirituality

  • Attitude

  • Definitions

  • Mediating Factors

  • ‘Model Curriculum’

  • Taking a Spiritual/Religious History

  • Case Formulation

  • Basic Dynamics

  • Conclusions: Examples of Training and Educational Methods

  • References