Spirituality and religion are powerful forces in many people’s lives, yet they are often relegated to the periphery of psychotherapeutic research and practice. In this workshop, Andrea Murray-Lichtman explores how spirituality can inform, challenge, and deepen psychotherapeutic work with diverse populations. This includes how to engage with clients’ beliefs and existing spiritual traditions within the framework of psychotherapy. She will also address the interplay of spirituality, meaning, and values, and their role in wellbeing, particularly in the face of challenging circumstances. Using case examples, Andrea Murray-Lichtman will illustrate ways to address common clinical concerns in a spiritually sensitive practice, regardless of the therapeutic approach.
Andrea Murray-Lichtman, MSW, LCSW is a faculty member at UNC Chapel Hill School of Social Work, where she teaches courses on clinical practice with diverse populations and supervises MSW students in direct practice. Her areas of interest include spirituality, social justice, cultural humility, and pedagogy about enhancing access and services for marginalized populations. Prior to joining the faculty at UNC, Andrea served as clinical faculty at Duke University Medical Center providing individual and group psychotherapy to diverse individuals living with comorbid HIV and other chronic health, substance use, and mental health issues. She managed a private practice and served as clinical director of a local community behavioral health program. Andrea currently takes a lead role in providing community pro-bono mental health services through a local faith-based mental health organization.