Instruments | Training Opportunities | Recommended Books | Support

Note: None of the resources below are paid endorsements. Instead, these resources include instruments I developed and validated for practice and/or research, trainings/books/links I frequently recommend, and links for mental/emotional health support.

instruments from my research

Please feel free to use these instruments in your practice and/or research, citing the appropriate article from which they originated. I also love hearing about how others use these instruments, so please reach out and let me know if/how you plan to use them! If you’re a mental health care provider, I hope you’ll consider using them to contemplate various facets to integrating spirituality in mental health care.

Religious/Spiritually Integrated Practice Assessment Scale (RSIPAS; 2014, 2016)
The purpose of this scale is to measure mental health care providers’ self-efficacy, attitudes, perceived feasibility, behaviors, and together, their overall orientation toward integrating clients’ religion/spirituality into mental health treatment.

CLICK HERE for RSIPAS v1 (Oxhandler & Parrish), developed for social workers [source | articles that cite RSIPASv1]
CLICK HERE for RSIPAS v2 (Oxhandler), developed for interdisciplinary groups of mental health care providers, including social workers, counselors, psychologists, nurses, and/or marriage and family therapists. [source | articles that cite RSIPASv2]

Religious/Spiritually Integrated Practice Assessment Scale – Client Attitudes (RSIPAS-CA; 2018)
The purpose of this scale is to assess mental health clients’ attitudes regarding integrating their religion/spirituality into mental health treatment. The items largely mirror the RSIPAS in order to compare clients’ and providers’ views.
CLICK HERE for RSIPAS-CAv1 (Oxhandler, Stanford, & Ellor) [source | articles that cite RSIPAS-CA]
[coming soon!] RSIPAS-CAv2 (Oxhandler, Pargament, Pearce, Vieten, Moffatt) [source | articles that cite RSIPAS-CAv2]

Social Workers’ Integration of their Faith-Christian Scale (SWIF-C; 2019)
The purpose of this scale is to explore the impact of social work [practice] on one’s faith, the impact of faith on one’s social work [practice], the impact of faith on one’s social work identity, and potential conflict between one’s faith and social work [practice]. The scale was developed with a Christian sample and items were tailored to mirror a Christian faith tradition, but the authors are interested in adapting it for other faith traditions.
CLICK HERE for SWIF-C (Oxhandler, Chamiec-Case, & Wolfer) [source | articles that cite SWIF-C]

Relevance of Religion/Spirituality & Mental Health (RRSMH; 2021)
The purpose of this scale is to measure mental health clients’ perceptions of the relevance of religion/spirituality to mental health in both positive and negative ways. This scale was developed with a national sample of current mental health clients.
[coming soon!] RRSMH (Oxhandler, Pargament, Pearce, Vieten, & Moffatt) [source | articles that cite RRSMH]

New instruments coming soon:
Religious/Spiritually Integrated Practice Scale – Educators (Oxhandler & Polson)
**developed with a national sample of graduate-level social work educators

training opportunities

Spiritual Competency Training in Mental Health (SCT-MH; led by Pearce & Pargament with input from Vieten and myself)
This training was developed by a research team I’ve been partnering with since 2016, funded by the John Templeton Foundation (#60971). To learn more about our team’s line of research, please visit this site.

Spirituality and Social Work: Online Post-Master’s Certificate Program
Led by Dr. Anthony Nicotera and Dr. Edward Canda through NYU’s Silver School of Social Work

Duke University’s CME/CE Integrating Spirituality into Patient Care

UT Austin’s Summer Statistics Institute
I recommend this training to all of my doctoral students or faculty who want a refresher on statistical analyses/research methods.

recommended books/readings

Check out my regularly updated list of recommended books on Bookshop (affiliated link).

For teaching on or studying religion/spirituality in mental health and related helping professions:

  • Canda, E. R. (1998). Spirituality and social work: New directions. Haworth Pastoral Press.
  • Canda, E.R. & Furman, L.D. (2010) Spiritual Diversity in Social Work Practice (2nd ed.). Oxford University Press.
  • Carlson, L. E., & Shapiro, S. L. (2009). The Art and Science of Mindfulness: Integrating Mindfulness into Psychology and the Helping Professions. American Psychological Association.
  • Ellor, J. W., Netting, E., & Thibault, J. (1999). Understanding Religious and Spiritual Aspects of Human Service Practice. Columbia: The University of South Carolina Press.
  • Froese, P. & Bader, C. (2010). America’s four Gods: What we say about God and what that says about us. Oxford University Press.
  • Garland, D. (2015). Why I am a social worker: 25 Christians tell their life stories. NACSW Press.
  • Garland, D. & Yancey, G. (2014). Congregational social work: Christian perspectives. NACSW Press.
  • Griffith, J.  L. (2010).  Religion that heals, religion that harms: A guide for clinical practice. Guilford Press.
  • Kahle, P. A., & Robbins, J. M. (2004). The Power of Spirituality in Therapy: Integrating Spiritual and Religious Beliefs in Mental Health Practice. Haworth Press.
  • Koenig, H. G. (2005). Faith and Mental Health: Religious Resources for Healing. Templeton Foundation Press.
  • Koenig, H. G. (2011). Spirituality and Health Research: Methods, Measurements, Statistics, amd Resources. Templeton Foundation Press.
  • Koenig, H. G. (2017). Religion & Mental Health Book Series: [Protestant Christianity, Catholic Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism] and Mental Health: Beliefs, Research, & Applications.
  • Koenig, H. G., King, D. E., & Carson, V. B. (2012). Handbook of religion and health (2nd ed.). Oxford University Press.
  • Koenig, H. G., McCullough, M. E., & Larson, D. B. (2001). Handbook of religion and health (1st ed.). Oxford University Press.
  • Koenig, H. G. (2007). Spirituality in Patient Care: Why, How, When and What (2nd ed.). Templeton Foundation Press.
  • Miller, G. (2003). Incorporating Spirituality in Counseling and Psychotherapy: Theory and Technique. John Wiley & Sons.
  • Miller, L. (2015). The spiritual child: The new science on parenting for health and lifelong thriving. St. Martin’s Press.
  • Pargament, K. I. (1997). The psychology of religion and coping. Guilford Press.
  • Pargament, K. I. (2007). Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy: Understanding and Addressing the Sacred. The Guilford Press.
  • Pearce, M. (2016).  Cognitive behavioral therapy for Christians with depression:  A practical tool-based primer. Templeton Press.
  • Richards, P. S., & Bergin, A. E. (2005).  A spiritual strategy for counseling and psychotherapy (2nd ed.). American Psychological Association.
  • Shapiro, S.L. & Carlson, L.E. (2009). The Art and Science of Mindfulness: Integrating Mindfulness into Psychology and the Helping Professions. American Psychological Association.
  • Tobin, S. S., Ellor, J. W., & Anderson-Ray, S. (1986). Enabling the Elderly: Religious Institutions within the Community Service System. State University of New York Press.
  • Vieten, C., & Scammell, S. (2015).  Spiritual and religious competencies in clinical practice:  Guidelines for psychotherapists and mental health professionals. New Harbinger Publications. 

For faith leaders considering ways to better address mental health needs in their community:

Compassion in Action: A guide for faith communities serving people experiencing mental illness and their caregivers (offered by HHS’s Partnership Center)
Grace Alliance
Hope for Mental Health

For Research Methods:

  • Structural Equation Modeling with MPlus – Barbara Byrne
  • Internet, Phone, Mail, & Mixed-Mode Surveys: The Tailored Design Method – Don Dillman, Jolene Smyth, Leah Christian
  • Research Methods for Social Work – Allen Rubin & Earl Babbie
  • Principles and Practice of Structural Equation Modeling – Rex Kline

For Faculty Development:

  • Dare to Lead – Brené Brown
  • Practical Tips for Writing Scholarly Articles – Rich Furman
  • Deep Work – Cal Newport
  • Digital Minimalism – Cal Newport
  • How To Write a Lot – Paul Silvia
  • Start with Why – Simon Sinek

Books that have served my own spiritual journey/formation:

  • The Essential Rumi Coleman Barks
  • Pilgrimage of a Soul – Phileena Heuertz
  • Chasing Slow – Erin Loechner
  • Making All Things New – Henri Nouwen
  • All Along You Were Blooming – Morgan Harper Nichols
  • Present Over Perfect – Shauna Niequist
  • Everything Belongs – Richard Rohr

Check out my GoodReads page for what I’m currently reading.


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*A special thank you to Robert Vore for compiling these lists on his website and allowing others to freely share them!