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Lecture Series on Psychology & Christianity (IV) How to Integrate Spirituality into Psychotherapy?

28 May 2022
Seminar and ColloquiumCentre for Sino-Christian Studies
poster of Lecture Series
28 May 2022
Zoom Meeting, link will be informed through email
English and Cantonese
Rev. Dr. Siang-Yang Tan


Rev. Dr. Siang-Yang Tan was the director of the PsyD program in clinical psychology (1989–1997) and is now senior professor of psychology in the Graduate School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He is a licensed psychologist with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from McGill University and a Fellow of APA. He has published numerous articles in different fields of spirituality and psychotherapy and fifteen books including three major textbooks: Counseling and Psychotherapy: A Christian Perspective (2011), Lay Counseling (2016), and Shepherding God’s People: A Guide to Faithful and Fruitful Pastoral Ministry (2019).  He has received seven professional awards from organizations such as NCSPP, CAPS, AACC, APA Division 36, and Fuller Theological Seminary. He has served on the editorial boards of five journals on psychotherapy and Christianity. He was president of Division 36 of APA (1998–1999). At the same time, Dr. Tan serves as senior pastor of First Evangelical Church Glendale in Glendale, California. He has also been an international speaker on the topic of psychotherapy and spirituality.

Abstract (Lecture in English): 

The keynote address will cover how to integrate spirituality into psychotherapy and describe two major approaches: implicit integration that is a more covert approach that does not initiate the discussion of religious or spiritual issues and does not openly use spiritual resources, and explicit integration that is a more overt approach that directly and systematically deals with religious and spiritual issues in therapy, and uses spiritual resources such as prayer, Scripture or sacred texts, and referrals to church or religious groups or lay counselors, and other religious practices. They are two ends of a continuum and are equally substantial and important, with the critical factor being intentional and prayerful integration, whether it involves implicit integration or explicit integration or both. It should be conducted in a professionally competent, ethically responsible, and clinically sensitive way, with clear informed consent from the client. The latest empirical evidence supporting the effectiveness of religious and spiritual therapies, including Christian therapies, will also be briefly reviewed. 



Rev. Chan Kwok Ping

陳國平牧師博士是私人執業臨床心理學家,並任九龍堂中華基督教宣道會恩友堂顧問牧師。他是美國臨床心理學博士,美國職場領袖教牧學博士,也是美國婚姻與家庭研究哲學博士,曾受教於Dr. Tan。陳牧師曾任衛道神學研究院院長。


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Dr. Chan Tin Cheung



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