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Spirituality and Clinical Mental Health Counseling: A Database of Resources: Abnormal Behavior/ Psychopathology

Spiritual resources are designated across common Mental Health Counseling Graduate Courses (including the 8 CACREP domains) for use in teaching, learning, and practical application of spiritual integration in counseling.


Abnormal Behavior/ Psychopathology

Bibliography (Journal Articles)

  • Asp, E., Ramchandran, K., & Tranel, D. (2012). Authoritarianism, religious fundamentalism, and the human prefrontal cortex.
  • Neuropsychology, 26(4), 414–421. 10.1037/a0028526

  • Bell, H., Jacobson, L., Zeligman, M., Fox, J., & Hundley, G. (2015). The role of religious coping and resilience in individuals with dissociative identity disorder.
  • Counseling and Values, 60, 151-163. doi: 10.1002/cvj.12011

  • Buser, J.K. & Gibson, S. (2016). Attachment to God/higher power and bulimic symptoms among college women.
  • Journal of College Counseling, 19,124-127. doi: 10.1002/jocc.12036

  • Buser, J.K, Parkins, R.A., & Buser, T. J. (2014). Thematic analysis of the intersection of spirituality and eating disorder symptoms.
  • Journal of Addictions & Offender Counseling, 35,97-113. doi: 10.1002/j.2161-1874.2014.00029.x

  • Grover, S., Davuluri, T., & Chakrabarti, S. (2014). Religion, spirituality, and schizophrenia: A review.
  • Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine, 36(2), 119-124. doi: 10.4103/0253-7176.130962

  • Hattie, B., & Beagan, B.L. (2013). Reconfiguring spirituality and sexual/gender identity: “It’s a feeling of connection to something bigger, it’s part of a wholeness.”
  • Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Social Work: Social Thought, 32(3), 244-268. doi: 10.1080/15426432.2013.801733

  • Himle, J.A., Chatters, L.M., Taylor, R.J., & Nguyen, A. (2013). The relationship between obsessive-compulsive disorder and religious faith: Clinical characteristics and implications
  • for treatment. Spirituality in Clinical Practice, 1(S), 53-70. doi: 10.1037/2326-4500.1.S.53

  • Howard, C.J. (2017). Psychospiritual resiliency: Enhancing mental health and ecclesiastical collaboration in caring for those experiencing dissociative phenomena.
  • Journal of Religion and Health, 56, 256-268. doi: 10.1007/s10943-016-0279-7

  • Koszycki, D., Bilodeau, C., Raab-Mayo, K., & Bradwejn, J. (2013). A multifaith spiritually based intervention versus supportive therapy for generalized anxiety disorder: A pilot
  • randomized controlled trial. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 70(6), 489–509. doi: 10.1002/jclp.22052

  • Laird, R.D., Marks, L.D., & Marrerro, M.D. (2011). Religiousity, self-control, and antisocial behavior: Religiosity as a promotive and protective factor.
  • Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 32, 78-85. doi: 10.1016/j.appdev.2010.12.003

  • Mohammadi, M.R., Salmanian, M., Ghobari-Bonab, B., & Bolhari, J. (2017). Spiritual psychotherapy for adolescents with conduct disorder: Designing and piloting a therapeutic
  • package. Iranian Journal of Psychiatry, 12((4), 255-261. Retrieved from

  • O’Connor, S. & Vandenberg. (2010). Differentiating psychosis and faith: the role of social norms and religious fundamentalism.
  • Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 132, 171-186.

  • Ouwehand, E., Wong, K., Boeije, H., & Braam, A. (2014). Revelation, delusion or disillusion: Subjective interpretation of religious and spiritual experiences in bipolar disorder.
  • Mental Health, Religion, & Culture, 17(6), 615-628. doi: 10.1080/13674676.2013.874410

  • Pelling, N., & Gee, T. (2016). Hypnotic treatment of repeated childhood nightmares: A case honouring and utilizing religious beliefs in treatment.
  • Australian Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 41(2), 159-173. Retrieved from

  • Peltier, M.R., Cosgrove, S.J., Ohayagha, K., Crapanzano, K. A., & Jones, G. N. (2016). Do they see dead people? Cultural factors and sensitivity in screening for schizophrenia
  • spectrum disorders. Ethnicity & Health, 1-11. doi: 10.1080/13557858.2016.1196650

  • Portnoff, L., McClintock, C., Lau, E., Choi, S., & Miller, L. (2017). Spirituality cuts in half the relative risk for depression: Findings from the United States, China, and India.
  • Spirituality in Clinical Practice, 4(1), 22-31. doi: 10.1037/scp0000127

  • Raab, K.A. (2007). Manic depression and religious experience: The use of religion in therapy.
  • Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 10(5), 473-487. doi: 10.1080/13674670600941361

  • Rickhi, B., Kania-Richmond, A., Moritz, S., Cohen, J., Paccagnana, P., Dennis, C., Liu, M…. Toews, J. (2015). Evaluation of a spirituality informed e-mental health tool as an
  • intervention for major depressive disorder in adolescents and young adults – A randomized controlled pilot trial. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 1-14. doi: 10.1186/s12906-015-0968-x

  • Salas-Wright, C.P., Tirmazi, T., Lombe, M., & Nebbit, V.E. (2015). Religiosity and antisocial behavior: Evidence from young African American women in public housing
  • communities. Social Work Research, 39(1), 82-93. doi: 10.1093/swr/svv010

  • Schaap-Jonker, H. (2013). Autism spectrum disorders and the image of God as a core aspect of religiousness.
  • The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 23, 145-160. doi: 10.1080/10508619.2012.688005

  • Sorenson, S.J. (2013). Depression and God: The effects of major depressive disorder on theology and religious identity.
  • Pastoral Psychology, 62, 343-353. doi: 10.1007/s11089-012-0479-3

  • Stanley, M.A., Bush, A.L., Camp, M.E., Jameson, J.P., Phillips, L.L. Barber, C.R., … Cully, J.A. (2011). Older adults’ preferences for religion/spirituality in treatment for anxiety and
  • depression. Aging & Mental Health, 15(3), 334-343. doi: 10.1080/13607863.2010.519326

  • Stein, M. (2015). When symptom is symbol: Some comments on Rosemary Gordon’s, ‘Masochism: The shadow side of the archetypal need to venerate and worship.’
  • Journal of Analytical Psychology, 30(4), 507-519. doi: 10.1111/1468-5922.12167

  • Weinberger-Litman, S.L., Rabin, L.A., Fogel, J., Mesinger, J.L., & Litman, L. (2016). Psychological mediators of the relationship between religious orientation and eating disorder
  • risk factors in young Jewish woman. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 8(4), 265-276. doi: 10.1037/a0040293

  • Weltzin, T.E., Cornella-Carlson, T., Fitzpatrick, M.E., Kennington, B., Bean, P. & Jefferies, C. (2012). Treatment issues and outcomes for males with eating disorders
  • Eating Disorders, 20, 444-459. doi: 10.1080/10640266.2012.715527