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Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy (SIP) Training and Consultation

Upcoming Trainings (see “Upcoming Events” above for details)

SIP (Level 1) – Next Training May 4, 11, 18, 2024 – Cost $400

SIP (Level 2) – Next Training June 1, 8, 15, 2024 – Cost $400


Also suitable for those in healing professions who wish for a basic understanding of integrating spirituality into healing work
Those wanting to take the full SIP Training, but not all at once.
See “events” above for details on scheduled trainings.

If interested or for more information:
email Wayne Gustafson, DMin, LMHC

Case Consultation towards SIP Certification

For those who have completed a 30-hour SIP training
this consultation package includes
four 1-hour case consultation sessions with the trainer.
Also, between three and six 2-hour case consultation groups
equal to the number of participants – between 3 and 5
If 6 or more registrants, groups will be split to 3-5 participants
Each participant will present two cases with the trainer and 2 with the group.
Total cost per person – $600

To be scheduled – If interested:
email Wayne Gustafson, DMin, LMHC

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and other events

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SIP Training General Program Description


The ACPE Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy (SIP) Training Program is a multi-disciplinary, inter-spiritual, multi-racial community of persons gathered for education, connection, and formation in the work of spiritually integrated psychotherapy. It serves licensed and pre-licensed mental health professionals (i.e., counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists, pastoral counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, addiction specialists, and more), as well as graduate students in any of those disciplines, who seek to explore the ways spirituality, religion, and the search for meaning influence their own lives and the lives of their clients.

The Program includes:

    • A 30-hour continuing education curriculum (in two 15-hour levels), offered by SIP Trainers in the communities where they live and work or by Zoom videoconferencing
    • A post-curriculum certification process (20 hours of consultation with a local SIP Trainer and a Peer Review)
    • SIP Communities of Practice where connection, learning, and professional formation can continue beyond the certification process
    • A Train the Trainer program to develop and support SIP Trainers

The SIP Program recognizes that high-quality therapists have become high-quality therapists over time, in formative relationships with colleagues and mentors. In addition to teaching theory and skills foundational to spiritually integrated psychotherapy, the SIP Program emphasizes personal integration, development of professional identity, and growth in a distinctive way of being.

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ACPE’s SIP Program is an alignment with ACPE’s core values:

Diversity and Inclusion





ACPE is a Department of Education recognized organization that provides

    • CPE programs for spiritual care professionals of any faith and in any setting
    • Education, professional formation, and an organizational home for spiritually integrated psychotherapists and pastoral counselors.

Curriculum Overview

The word psychotherapy means “care of the soul” (from the Greek psyche + therapeia). While the history of psychotherapy includes theorists and practitioners with a bias against spirituality and religion, there have always been those who found effective ways to include spiritual wisdom in psychotherapeutic work. In recent years, there has been an outpouring of research and instruction in spiritually integrated psychotherapy, and empirical evidence demonstrating the therapeutic efficacy of attending to clients’ spiritual beliefs and practices.

The ACPE SIP Curriculum draws upon diverse spiritual traditions and psychological research to provide practical, usable resources to help therapists integrate spirituality into their work. It teaches therapists how to elicit and make therapeutic use of their clients’ spiritual perspectives and how to make ethically appropriate use of their own spiritual perspectives.

The curriculum consists of two levels of training, with each level including 5 3-hour continuing education courses.


Level 1 Course Titles

Contact Hours
1.1 Foundations and Ethics of Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy 3
1.2 Developing Spiritual Conversations in Psychotherapy 3
1.3 Spiritual Assessment 3
1.4 Spiritual Interventions: Working with Spiritual Resources, Part 1 3
1.5 Spiritual Interventions: Working with Spiritual Struggles 3
Level 1 Contact Hour Total: 15

Level 2 Course Titles

2.1 Spiritual Interventions: Working with Spiritual Resources, Part 2 3
2.2 Spiritual Interventions: Working with Harmful Spirituality and Religion 3
2.3 Spirituality and Belief System of the Therapist 3
2.4 Spiritually Integrated Case Conceptualization, Part 1 3
2.5 Spiritually Integrated Case Conceptualization, Part 2 3
Level 2 Contact Hour Total: 15

The courses draw upon multiple modes of teaching and learning, including:

  • interactive seminars;
  • role plays;
  • small group work; and
  • case consultation.

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