Many of the 10 workshops can be taken independently for continuing education credit. However, the curriculum is most effective when taken in its entirety and in sequence.
Good, Better, Best
We have piloted the SIP curriculum four times already, to 65 therapists. Based on their feedback, we are confident that clinicians who take this training will integrate spirituality into their work with greater competence and confidence. One participant, a charter member of AAPC, former Diplomate, and retired ACPE Educator (and still practicing psychotherapy at age 87!) wrote us this: “I curiously found myself having more spiritually oriented interaction with my clients than previously. The greater percentage of in-depth work at both conscious and unconscious levels was palpable.”
But the SIP Curriculum, good as it may be, is actually a “gateway drug.” It offers therapists a taste of what we do and introduces them to a community of colleagues and mentors with whom they can learn and grow over time. Some of those who meet us by way of the continuing education workshops will take a next step and enter a case consultation process with an approved trainer that leads to ACPE Certification in Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy. That’s better. And beyond certification, they will join a local SIP Community of Practice that will support their professional development and formation over time. That’s best.
SIP Is a Grassroots Program
All of this will be happening locally. ACPE’s SIP Program is not a top-down, expert-from-the-outside, see-you-later model. It is a grassroots, member-led, with-you-over-time program. It “happens” as SIP Trainers offer the program (Curriculum + Consultation + Community of Practice) in the communities where they have lived and worked and built relationships for years. ACPE will provide SIP Trainers with the support they need to grow the program locally – a ready-to-use, workshop-based curriculum, affiliation with “the standard in spiritual care and education,” loads of logistical help, and a SIP Trainer Community of Practice – but the program is powered by SIP Trainers willing to serve other therapists in their community.
SIP Trainer Save-the-Date
If you see yourself as an elder in this field – and I mean elder not in a chronological sense, but in a functional sense: someone with gifts for embodying a wisdom tradition and passing it forward – I hope you’ll consider becoming a SIP Trainer. Next week’s newsletter will be packed with information about what that means, but for now, please circle these two dates on your calendar: