June 2021 Café — Integrating a Client’s Spirituality or Religion Into Their Psychotherapy for Best Clinical Outcomes

  • 06/11/2021
  • 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM
  • Online Via Zoom — Room will be shared upon registration


  • Santa Cruz CAMFT Members (w/CEU Certificate Included)
  • Non-Members (w/CEU Certificate Included)
  • Non-Members (without CEU Certificate)

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Santa Cruz Chapter of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

Integrating a Client’s Spirituality
or Religion Into Their Psychotherapy
for Best Clinical Outcomes

June 11, 2021
9:45 am - 11:45 am

Presented by:

Richard Litvak, LMFT 

1.5 CEUs

According to research, Spirituality or Religion is important to 77% of Americans. In addition the majority of psychotherapy clients indicate they want their Spirituality or Religion brought into their therapy. By contrast, only 25% of psychotherapy graduate programs offer training in how to integrate the client’s Spirituality or Religion into their therapy for best therapeutic outcomes. It’s not surprising that only a third of therapists report feeling comfortable and confident to do so. A significant body of research now establishes that integrating the client's Spirituality or Religion into their therapy can contribute to the reaching of therapeutic goals. 

This session will introduce key components for integrating the Client’s Spirituality or Religion, Into Their Therapy for Best Psychotherapeutic Outcomes. 

A brief history of the relationship between Spirituality, Religion and Psychotherapy will be provided. And we will explore Best Practices on how to conduct an assessment of a Client’s Spirituality or  Religious Beliefs and Practices.

As a result of attending this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Define Spirituality and Religion and list ways in which they differ
  2. Understand how including a client's Spirituality or Religion in their therapy fulfills the ethics of our profession
  3. Understand the five main benefits of including a client's Spirituality or Religion in the Therapy for best clinical outcomes
  4. Describe the five components for successful integration of a client's Spirituality or Religion into their therapy.

About the Presenter:

Richard Litvak has been a Licensed Marriage and Therapist in private practice for three decades in Santa Cruz County. He also served for 40 years as the Senior Rabbi of Temple Beth El-Jewish Community Center in Aptos, California. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar College with a major in Religious Studies and received his Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University. Richard Litvak also received a Master’s Degree in Hebrew Arts and Letters, as well as Rabbinical Ordination and Doctor of Divinity from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He has also taught as a lecturer in Religious Studies at Dennison University and UCSC and served as the first Hillel Rabbi at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Richard Litvak in a national trainer for the Prepare/Enrich Premarital Counseling program, experienced by over 2 million couples. He has also done advanced training at the Couples Institute in Menlo Park, CA.  The interface of Religion, Spirituality, Psychology and Psychotherapy has been a particular interest of his. As a result he has served on the faculty of the Chesky Institute for Judaism and Psychotherapy and The Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health and has special expertise in the therapeutic use of mindfulness, meditation and applied neuroscience and Positive Psychology.


Santa Cruz CAMFT Members (w/CEU Certificate included): $10
Non-Members (w/CEU Certificate included): $20
Non-Members (without CEU Certificate): $15

Morning Schedule:

9:45-10 am Check-in
10:00 am Intro
10:05 am Speaker Starts
11:35 am Speaker Ends
11:35-11:45 am CE Announcements, etc.
1.5 CEUs

Please register in advance for this session.

Location: Online Via Zoom — Room will be shared upon registration.
Date & Time: June 11, 2021, 9:45 am-11:45 am

Continuing Education: 

Course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. For CEU folks, a brief post-session of questions will be involved and acknowledgement of your attendance at the full session.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

The Santa Cruz Chapter of CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. The Santa Cruz Chapter of CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. (Provider #62284)

Cancellation policy: There will be no cancellation refund for this program.

Special Accommodations: The Santa Cruz Chapter of CAMFT is committed to providing a presentation that is accessible to all who wish to attend. If you have a special need and plan to attend, please notify us at president@santacruztherapist.org. Requests must be made one week in advance.

Grievances may be filed with the SC-CAMFT at president@santacruztherapist.org.

For any questions please contact the president@santacruztherapist.org.

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