Ethical Issues Concerning Religion and Spirituality in Clinical Practice

Ethics Salon facilitated by Dr. Carol Macpherson, Ph.D.


Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Time: 6:30PM-8:30PM
Location: Creekside Community Recreation Centre, Multipurpose Room 1 (1 Atheletes Way, Vancouver, BC V5Y 0B1)

Registration Deadline: February 22, 2019

After February 22, 2019 you can still register by calling BCPA at 604-730-0501.


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Method #2: Cheque
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Method #3: Phone
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Cheques must be received by BCPA by February 22, 2019. Seating is very limited and we highly recommended registering online to ensure your seat.


About the Ethics Salon:

DSM-5 (a) avoids defining addiction (referring only to
the generic “Substance Use Disorders”), (b) includes the
following degrees of such disorders — mild, moderate, and
severe, (c) expands the “addiction” umbrella for the first time
to include non-substance (behavioral) addictions, beginning
with gambling, (d) suggests the likelihood that other such
addictions will soon be added (e.g., Internet, videos, sex,
eating/obesity), (e) fields claims from important psychiatric
figures that this document is not sufficiently rooted in
neuroscience. Psychologists must be prepared for a new
— but shifting — concept of addiction, so as to be true
to psychological theory and evidence-based techniques,
responsive to the range of clinical addictive problems clients
may present, and make use of the soundest scientific
concepts. Stanton Peele’s workshop will address these

In order to provide evidence-based and multiculturally-minded clinical practice services, it is important for psychologists to consider religion and spirituality in the same way they give consideration to other forms of diversity. In this respect, some specific issues may arise. Examples: (1) Therapists should take care neither to impose the perspectives of their own spiritual traditions on clients nor to ignore the role of clients' spiritual traditions in expressing their concerns; (2) Therapists may be called upon to distinguish when clients' expression of their religious faith and spiritual beleifs is unhealthy and harmful.

February 26th, 2019 6:30 PM   through   8:30 PM
Creekside Community Recreation Centre
1 Athletes Way
Vancouver, BC V5Y 0B1
Phone: 604-257-3050
Ethics Salon Fee $ 10.00