Spirituality and Religion

Friday, April 1, 2016
11:00 am - 11:30 am
Program ID #704, Room 210E, Poster 4
Psychological Distress in Gay, Bisexual, and Heterosexual Roman Catholic Priests
30-Minute Poster Session
Paula J. Britton, Cecile Brennan
An online survey (N = 103) of Roman Catholic priests was conducted to assess contributions to psychological distress from sexual identity, stress, social support, and fear of compassion from others. Results indicated that psychological distress was predicted by stress, fear of compassion from others, and gay identity as compared to heterosexual identity. Gay identified priests were more distressed than heterosexually identified. Qualitative results will be presented and counseling and policy implications discussed.


Friday, April 1, 2016
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Program ID #727, Room 210E, Poster 3
“What Does God Have To Do with It?” Education, Marriage Satisfaction, and Religiosity
30-Minute Poster Session
Pui Yu Esther Au
The search for intimacy in the form of close friendship or marriage is one of the most daunting psychosocial tasks for emerging adults. Knowing that the rate and cost of marital dissolution are high, this cross-sectional survey examined the effectiveness of premarital education on a group of married participants. Specifically, this poster session examines the role that premarital education and religiosity play in regards to marriage satisfaction.


Friday, April 1, 2016
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Program ID #743, Room 210E, Poster 7
The Effects of Religious Coping and Spiritual Well-Being Among Terminally Ill Patients
30-Minute Poster Session
Gabrielle Galbreath
This poster session will be emphasizing the importance of spirituality and religion among terminally ill patients. The session also will highlight the relevance of clients’ preferences and how they impact clients’ lives or end-of-life decision making. Also emphasized is how religion and spirituality can potentially improve the overall quality of life.


Friday, April 1, 2016
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Program ID #757, Room 210E, Poster 9
Belief in a Punishing and Abandoning God: Coping with the Mental Illness of a Loved One
30-Minute Poster Session
Juleen K. Buser, Trevor J. Buser
The presenters will examine the unique pain of being close to an eating-disorder sufferer. To manage the particular stress of this reality, individuals draw from a range of (helpful or harmful) coping strategies. For those with spiritual beliefs, this faith may be one way to cope. This poster session details an empirical investigation into the spiritual coping strategies of those close to eating-disorder sufferers. Intriguingly, the only findings of statistical significance were between increased depression and specific spiritual coping styles.


Friday, April 1, 2016
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Program ID #769, Room 210E, Poster 9
Counseling Muslims in America
30-Minute Poster Session
Zobaida Laota
Muslims in America who have experienced psychological distress as a result of the hostility they encountered following the events of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and existing Islamaphobia may benefit from the inclusion of religious content in cognitive behavioral therapy, as perceptions of cultural competence may significantly contribute to the building of a powerful therapeutic alliance. A review of global literature on CBT with Muslims indicates the value of incorporating aspects of Islamic faith in psychotherapy.


Saturday, April 2, 2016
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Program ID #828, Room 210E, Poster 8
Sexuality and Spirituality in Premenopausal Women with Stage III Breast Cancer
30-Minute Poster Session
Cheryl Fisher, Heather Lamb
Treatment of breast cancer results in dismemberment from one’s body and one’s sexual self. Research suggests that sexuality may serve as a path to the sacred (Mahoney, 2010, 2013). Relational spirituality may provide a bridge in which the discussion of sexuality and spirituality can exist (Mahoney, 2010, 2013). This qualitative study examines the pre and post-cancer sexual narratives of premenopausal women diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer. Clinical implications will be explored.


Sunday, April 3, 2016
9:00 am - 9:30 am
Program ID #877, Room 210E, Poster 9
Faith, Spirit, and Science: Neurobiology and Mindfulness-Based Therapy
30-Minute Poster Session
Thomas Conklin
Ethical counseling is informed by current understandings of neurobiology, and it also recognizes and respects client religious and/or spiritual attitudes and beliefs. Mindfulness-based techniques reflect both universal spiritual and religious practices and current neurobiology. This poster session will present the links among mindfulness, religious spiritual and religious practices, and neurobiology.


Sunday, April 3, 2016
10:00 am - 10:30 am
Program ID #883, Room 210E, Poster 3
Mad Men: Treating African-American Males with a History of Trauma
30-Minute Poster Session
Nikkiya Brooks
This poster session will explore the barriers to treatment and counseling for African-American males with psychosocial experiences of trauma. Attendees will gain an in-depth knowledge of effective methods of addressing the complex needs of African-American males with a history of trauma.