SMBI provides a forum for those engaged in clinical activities to report on — and dialogue about — their activities to inform treatment models and future research initiatives. SMBI fosters original scientific development in the field by highlighting actual and potential professional applications of spirituality in clinical practice, seeks to initiate research questions through clinical insight, and introduce practice approaches supported or guided by existing research.
Spirituality in Clinical Practice ® (SCP) is a practice-oriented journal that encompasses spiritually-oriented psychotherapy and spirituality-sensitive cultural approaches to treatment and wellness. SCP is dedicated to integrating psychospiritual and other spiritually-oriented interventions involved in psychotherapy, consultation, coaching, health, and wellness.
SCP welcomes application of models from the related fields of medicine, integrative medicine, biology, neuroscience, ethnology, anthropology, and natural sciences. Research articles are highly encouraged on clinical conceptualization or settings, including studies on models, processes, or treatment approaches. Treatment studies may include clinical trials at any phase; studies on feasibility, curative factors, strategy, process, efficacy, or effectiveness; and meta-analytic or mixed-methods studies. SCP publishes articles, reviews, commentaries, reflections, and practice case reports. To establish a dialogue, articles and related commentaries are published in the same issue.
The editorial office of SCP is housed within the Spirituality Mind Body Institute, Columbia University, Teachers College, with the Co-Editor-in-Chief, Lisa Miller, Ph.D., who works together with Co-Editor-in-Chief Len Sperry, M.D., to oversee the Editorial Board of leading researchers and practitioners.
Dr. Lisa Miller’s research represents the next big idea in psychology: the science and the power of spirituality. Her research shows the clear, scientific link between spirituality and health and shows that children who have a positive, active relationship to spirituality:
Combining cutting-edge research with broad anecdotal evidence from her work as a clinical psychologist to illustrate just how invaluable spirituality is to a child’s mental and physical health, Dr. Miller has uncovered concrete ways to develop and encourage their children’s―as well as their own―well-being which is a pioneering new way to think about parenting our modern youth.
As a member of the faculty in the Department of Clinical Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University, the research lead by Aurélie Athan. Ph.D. centers on women’s development across the lifespan, with a current emphasis on the transition to motherhood. She researches subjective well-being in mothers, parenting satisfaction, and postpartum psychopathology. She is also examining the history of funding for women’s health research and contributing to the rationale for the creation of a new transdisciplinary field of study of Reproductive & Maternal Mental Health. Coursework related to the laboratory can be taken through SMBI, for example: Mother-Child Matrix: Clinical and Developmental Implications which explores the biological, psychological, social, and cultural factors that influence a mother’s well-being, and therefore her child’s.
Research in spiritual well-being as a protective factor in reducing psychological distress among health care workers. An Internet-delivered Mantram Repetition Program (MRP) teaches mantram (sacred word) enhances spiritual well-being and mindfulness in order to reduce psychological distress that might interfere with quality patient care. Prior studies have shown that spiritual well-being is a protective factor in reducing psychological distress among health care workers (HCWs). An Internet-delivered Mantram Repetition Program (MRP) that teaches mantram (sacred word) repetition, slowing down, and 1-pointed attention was provided to HCWs to enhance spiritual well-being and mindfulness in order to reduce psychological distress that might interfere with quality patient care. A quasi-experimental, within-subjects, repeated measures design was utilized. Participants enrolled in six 50-min sessions of MRP delivered over 3 months and completed the Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy-Spiritual Well-Being scale (FACIT-Sp) and the Mindfulness Attention Awareness Scale (MAAS) at baseline, postintervention, and 3 months postintervention using Internet surveys. Results demonstrated significant improvements in self-reported spiritual well-being and mindfulness and over time. Nearly three fourths (72%) of HCW’s reported continued practice of all 3 program tools at follow-up. MRP may benefit HCWs seeking innovative, portable methods to improve mindfulness and well-being. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2017 APA, all rights reserved)