The Consortium for Spiritually Integrated Psychology and Education at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, is pleased to announce a new, three-year RFP project, Enhancing Practice-Based Evidence for Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapies: An Interdisciplinary Big Data Project, supported with funding from the John Templeton Foundation.
The LOI can be submitted online through the website. In addition to a contact information cover sheet, the LOI should include the following:
The LOI is due on March 24, 2017.
Casual inquiries are not invited. The LOIs will be reviewed and evaluated by a scientiﬁc review committee that will select the most promising and appropriate of the proposed projects.
Applicants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with recent scholarship on spiritually integrated psychotherapies by reading key background papers below.
If you have any questions about the LOI or the RFP in general, please contact the project director, P. Scott Richards, PhD, at email@example.com
Principal investigators invited to submit full proposals will be notified by April 28, 2017. Full proposals must be received by June 30, 2017, and must follow the format and guidelines below in order to be considered. Further details on the proposal submission process will be communicated to PIs who advance to that stage. Applicants will be notified whether they have been awarded a grant by August 11, 2017.
All proposals must be submitted in English in 12-point Times New Roman font, single-spaced, with 1 inch margins. Proposals that do not follow these font and margin specifications will not be accepted. Completeness and clarity of content should be emphasized. The full proposal must include all of the information specified.
The following documents are required for all full proposal submissions:
Does the study address an important problem or question about spiritual treatment approaches?
What will be the impact of this project on future research on spiritually integrated treatments?
Is a strong rationale justifying the proposed budget provided?
Is the projected number of sessions and the projected number of therapists and patients that will participate in the study commensurate with the proposed budget?
Is the monetary request for handheld devices (e.g., iPads, Kindles) for data collection less than 10% of the total budget?
Is the practice-based evidence design adequately developed and rigorous for the purpose of the study and commensurate with the research question(s) addressed?
Do the researchers have a solid commitment of participation from a mental health treatment site that has practitioners who practice spiritually integrated forms of treatment?
Will the study seek to explore and/or link processes and outcomes of spiritually integrated treatment?
Have the researchers specified criteria for judging the effectiveness of the treatment approaches (e.g., effect sizes, clinical cutoffs, benchmarks)?
Do the researchers include a plan to assess the spiritual outcomes of treatment, along with other important outcomes?
Do the researchers have a plan to address religious and spiritual aspects of diversity in the design of their study?
Do the researchers plan to conduct long-term follow-ups (3 – 12 months) of treatment outcomes?
Do the researchers have a plan and track record for publishing their findings in mainstream scholarly journals?
What are the qualifications of the investigators?
Have the investigators described a convincing plan for carrying out the project in a timely manner?
Have the investigators explained their plan for effectively disseminating their findings to both academic and nonacademic audiences?
When needed, grant applicants may wish to write into their budget monies for any or all of the following:
Below are some seminal articles and books relevant to the science of spiritually integrated psychotherapies and practice-based evidence research.
American Psychological Association. (2006). Evidence-based practice in psychology. American Psychologist, 61, 271–285.
Barkham, M., Hardy, G. E., & Mellor-Clark, J. (2010). Developing and delivering practice-based evidence: A guide for the psychological therapies. Wiley-Blackwell.doi:10.1002/9780470687994
Barkham, M., Stiles, W. B., Lambert, M. J., & Mellor-Clark, J. (2010). Building a rigorous and relevant knowledge base for the psychological therapies (pp. 21-61). In M. Barkham, G.E. Hardy, & J. Mellor-Clark (Eds.). Developing and delivering practice-based evidence: A guide for the psychological therapies. Wiley-Blackwell. doi:10.1002/9780470687994
Castonguay, L., Barkham, M., Lutz, W., & McAleavey, A. (2013). Practice-oriented research: Approaches and Applications (pp. 85-133). In M. J. Lambert (Ed.), Bergin and Garfield's handbook of psychotherapy and behavior change (6th ed.). New York, NY: Wiley.
Hook, J. N., Worthington, E. L., Davis, D. E., Jennings, D. J., Gartner, A. L., & Hook, J. P. (2010). Empirically supported religious and spiritual therapies. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 66, 46–72.
McMinn, M. R., Chaddock, T. P., Edwards, L. C., Lim, B. R. K. B., & Campbell, C. D. (1998). Psychologists collaborating with clergy. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 29, 564-570.
Oppenheimer, J. E., Flannelly, K. J., & Weaver, A. J. (2004). A comparative analysis of the psychological literature on collaboration between clergy and mental-health professionals—perspectives from secular and religious journals: 1970-1999. Pastoral Psychology, 53, 153-162.
Pargament, K. I. (2007). Spiritually integrated psychotherapy: Understanding and addressing the sacred. New York: Guilford Press.
Richards, P. S., & Bergin, A. E. (2005). A spiritual strategy for counseling and psychotherapy (2 nd ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Richards, P. S., & Bergin, A. E. (Eds.). (2014). Handbook of psychotherapy and religious diversity (2 nd ed.). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.
Richards, P. S, Sanders, P. W., Lea, T., McBride, J. A., Allen, G. E. K. (2015). Bringing spiritually oriented psychotherapies into the health care mainstream: A call for worldwide collaboration. Spirituality in Clinical Practice, 2, (3), 169-179. DOI: 10.1037/scp0000082
Richards, P. S., & Worthington, E. L. Jr. (2010). The need for evidence-based, spiritually oriented psychotherapies. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 41, 363-370.
Sanders, P. W., Richards, P. S., McBride, J. A., Lea, T., Hardman, R. K., Barnes, D. V. (2015).
Processes and outcomes of theistic spiritually oriented psychotherapy: A practice-based evidence investigation. Spirituality in Clinical Practice, 2 (3), 180-190. DOI: 10.1037/scp0000083
Sperry, L. & Shafranske, E. P. (Eds.) (2005). Spiritually oriented psychotherapy. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Worthington, E. L., Jr., Hook, J. N., Davis, D. E., & McDaniel, M. A. (2011). Religion and spirituality (pp. 402 – 419). In J. C. Norcross (Ed.), Relationships that work (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Jackson, R., Richards, P. S., Crowton, S., Sanders, P. W., & Allen, G. E. K., & Smith, T. B. (2016). Spiritually oriented psychotherapies: A 20-year review and proposed research agenda. (Unpublished manuscript that is available on the Bridges website)