Spiritual Competency in Psychotherapy



DATE: June 19th 25th, July 3rd - 7pm CET, 2024



Recognizing and Working with Spiritual Emergencies in Psychotherapy

Spiritual emergencies occur throughout the lifespan, triggered by sudden losses and spontaneous visionary experiences. Visionary spiritual experiences, such as psychedelic, mystical, near death, and alien encounter experiences challenge our understanding of the world and can be confusing and frightening. The self can become disorganized and overwhelmed by an infusion of spiritual intense spiritual experience. While such challenges can produce a period of distress and imbalance, once recognized and approached as potentially transformative, many clients can integrate episodes of spiritual emergency in ways that promote their growth and development. This course focuses on recognizing spiritual emergencies and best practices to allow individuals to express and ultimately work through their extreme states with a therapist who draws on heart-centered ways of "being with" an individual in an extreme state. Fostering integration of spiritual emergencies rather than trying to “reduce symptoms” can enable them to become Spiritually Transformative Experiences.

Spiritual Competency in Psychotherapy

Spirituality is a resource for wellness and recovery. Recent research has established Spiritual Competency as a core skill in therapeutic practice. Research published in mainstream peer reviewed journals, including by this instructor, has established spirituality as a resource for wellness and recovery or many people when facing challenges and losses. Studies have also shown the value of spiritually oriented interventions such as mindfulness practices and psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy. in the past 15 years, the benefits of these approaches has been demonstrated in research published in recent mainstream peer reviewed journals. In addition, distinguishing psychopathology from potentially spiritually transformative crises requires a broader context of cultural sensitivity which has expanded awareness in the field of psychology of the need to provide more spiritually inclusive care across the spectrum of clients in order to provide spiritually competent care. This course prepares therapists to provide spiritually competent care with more compassionate and skill.

Transpersonal Psychology

Transpersonal psychology is a branch of psychology that focuses on the higher, spiritual aspects of the human being, beyond the ego and personality. Transpersonal psychology seeks to explore and explain the mystical, transcendental and spiritual experiences that many people have experienced, making it an ideal theoretical framework for psychedelic-assisted therapy. It is interested in the search for meaning, transcendence, and connection to something greater than oneself. Both transpersonal psychology and psychedelic therapy share an interest in exploring the deeper aspects of human consciousness and the potential for self-transcendence and personal transformation. In many cases, psychedelics can facilitate profound transcendental and spiritual experiences.


David Lukoff

Dr. David Lukoff, PhD is an Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Sofia University in Palo Alto, CA and a licensed psychologist in California. His work focuses on spiritual issues and mental health. He is author of 80 articles and chapters and is co-author of the DSM-IV and DSM-5 category Religious or Spiritual Problem. He is an active workshop presenter internationally providing training for psychologists in spiritual competency, loss, grief, death, recovery, and spiritual crises.


He has served on the faculties of Harvard, UCLA, Oxnard College, California Institute of Integral Studies, and Saybrook, and been an active workshop presenter providing training for psychologists in spiritual competencies in areas such as loss and grief, death and illness, spiritual problems and emergencies as well as in Japan, Mexico, Canada, Brazil, Russia, Romania, Portugal, France, Sweden, Italy, Scotland, Ireland, Austria, Lithuania, Kyrgystan, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Moldova, and England.

Frequently Asked Questions

This course is aimed at all those who are interested in deepening their knowledge in spiritual competency in psychotherapy.  They aspire to find tools to deepen both their personal and professional practice.

The online course starts on June 19th.
The course will be in English with simultaneous translation into Spanish.

The duration of the course is three classes of two hours each.

Yes, the course is online, you can access the course from anywhere in the world.

The course materials will be available forever. This includes the episodes and the transcript of the content.

We recommend that you dedicate one hour per day per week to study in depth the didactic material provided by the teacher.

The price of the online course for residents in Europe is 150€.
For residents in Latin America it is adjusted to the minimum wage of the country, please consult info@bmedglobal.com.

Send us an email to bmedglobal@gmail.com or WhatsApp +34 658 46 4708.