Relational Spirituality Workshop

Erin Belanger, LMHC

This workshop is intended for:

Spiritual and existential struggles tell a story about our lives that goes beyond specific symptoms. Yet most counselors and therapists receive, at best, minimal training on how to engage religion and spirituality in theoretically-coherent ways. This workshop will present the Relational Spirituality Model of psychotherapy. This inclusive approach frames spirituality through a relational development lens focused on three developmental systems - attachment, differentiation, and intersubjectivity. Therapeutic change will be described as a multi-faceted, crucible-like process of balancing spiritual dwelling and seeking, while highlighting the reality that suffering and trauma are always existential.

After attending, participants will be able to:

1: Apply the relational spirituality model to practice.

2: Analyze key connections between spirituality, human development, and relational trauma.

3: Assess key spiritual and religious diversity dynamics.

4: Describe multiple relational intervention strategies within this framework.

Presented by:

Steven J. Sandage, M.Div., Ph.D., LP

Dr. Sandage is the Albert and Jessie Danielsen Professor of Psychology of Religion with appointments in the School of Theology and the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Boston University. He is Research Director and Senior Staff Psychologist at the Danielsen Institute and also Visiting Faculty in Psychology of Religion at MF Norwegian School of Theology in Oslo. His most recent book, Relational Spirituality in Psychotherapy: Healing Suffering and Promoting Growth is available for preorder on

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