Ethics in Spirituality and Therapy

Presented by DeAnza Spaulding, MA, LMHCA on 11-14-2014 at 9 a.m. Pacific

Can spirituality in the therapeutic practice aid in the health, healing, and wholeness of the client?

While most therapists would agree that spirituality is an integral aspect of the holistic experience of the individual, many have not received relevant training or acquired the appropriate tools to integrate a spiritual approach in therapy. This may lead therapists to ask the following questions: What do I do when my client expresses a desire for spirituality in therapy, but practices spirituality in a form I’m unfamiliar with? What are the ethics of spirituality for a therapeutic practice? If I am not a religious person, what are some spiritual practices that meet a diverse set of spiritual needs?

This course will address the holistic approach to spirituality in psychotherapy and the ethical role of the therapist in working with diverse populations. Clinicians will gain a theoretical model for integrating spirituality in the therapeutic relationship by exploring professional biases, privilege, and boundaries, understanding the differences between spirituality and religion, and utilizing therapeutic disclosure and informed consent. This web conference will integrate practical strategies for incorporating spiritual practices in the therapeutic setting.

By the end of the course, clinicians will know how to assess the holistic needs of the client, when and how to refer a client, and how to implement strategies related to spirituality in psychotherapy.

This web conference is beginning instructional level and designed to help clinicians:

  1. Formulate an ethic and practice of spirituality in therapy;
  2. Describe the differences between spirituality and religion;
  3. Identify a holistic/biopsychosocial role of spirituality in therapy;
  4. Discuss professional biases, privilege, and boundaries around spirituality in therapy practice;
  5. Explain when and how to utilize informed consent and therapeutic disclosure;
  6. Integrate spiritual practices to meet the diverse backgrounds and needs of clients.

If you have any questions or concerns about this web conference, or would like more information, please contact us here.

How the Web Conference Works

Attendees who register for this event will log in to the web conference center by using a computer and calling in to the teleconference line. Attendees will be able to ask live audio questions via phone and/or submit text chat questions via computer. Live streaming video and/or document sharing will also be available to participants. Alternatively, attendees may dial in to the teleconference line only, though attendees dialing in by phone only will be unable to ask questions.

Before the scheduled event, all registered attendees will be sent a reminder email with specific instructions on how to log in to the web conference center, as well as links to optional handout materials if applicable.

This event will include lecture and question-and-answer periods. A recording of the web conference will be available to members in's Continuing Education Archives within two weeks. After the live event, a written transcript of the event will be available in the Member's Area. Members of can receive continuing education credits for attending this event by logging in to the Member's Area.

392CE hours and counting!

All are available to members at no additional cost.

Continuing Education (CE) Information

Two CE credits will be provided by for attending this web conference in its entirety. is also an Approved Education Provider by NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals (provider #135463). Of the eight counselor skill groups ascribed to by NAADAC, this course is classified within counseling services. is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. solely is responsible for all aspects of the program. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. maintains responsibility for this program and its content., SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.

Registration Information

This web conference is available at no cost to members.

This event has already taken place. An audio recording for this event may be available in the Member's Area.

Event Reviews from Members

"This was a nice introduction to a rich and complex subject." - Brynna Sibilla, LCSW

"The most useful part of the workshop was learning about alternative ways to discuss spirituality and how to honor individuals connection with this." - S. Ruby Sewell, LICSW, CMHS

Meet the Presenter

DeAnza Spaulding, MA, LMHCA

DeAnza Spaulding, MA, LMHCA

DeAnza Spaulding, MA, LMHCA is a trauma therapist in Seattle. She received her master’s degree from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology and is currently a doctoral candidate at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

DeAnza has a diverse professional background. Her work has spanned areas of outreach from social services, to ministry, to private practice settings. She approaches clients holistically and draws from a client-centered model in therapy. Her therapy, which incorporates compassion, empathy, and empowerment, has assisted hundreds of women and men in healing.

As an international consultant, DeAnza works with The Emily Program as a specialized-populations therapist for multicultural counseling with Asian American clients. At the Center for Multicultural and Diversity Studies, DeAnza serves as a fellow to integrate a multicultural lens to therapy treatment. Her research on the disclosure choices for LGBT populations examines multicultural intersections of disclosure and the impact on the psychological well-being of the individual. DeAnza is an international speaker on the following topics: multicultural therapy, trauma diversity, and spirituality in psychotherapy.

For more information about DeAnza and her work, please visit

Continuing Education Provider Approvals

  • ace is Approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. maintains responsibility for this program and its content. APA approval applies to all events listed after May 2011.
  • Logo has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6380. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
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    This course has been approved by, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #135463. is responsible for all aspects of their programming.
  • ace, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 03/30/2016 – 03/30/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 clinical continuing education clock hours.
  •, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.