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CFP: Psychotherapy and Religious Values

for the topical issue of Open Theology journal

Open Theology  ( invites submissions for the topical issue “Psychotherapy and Religious Values”, under the general editorship of Prof. P. Scott Richards (Brigham Young University).


In 1980, Allen E. Bergin, published a landmark article “Psychotherapy and religious values” in the Journal of Clinical and Consulting Psychology. The article, which became a citation classic, produced intense interest, enthusiasm, and controversy in the psychology profession. Ultimately, it helped energize an international movement to bring religious perspectives into mainstream psychology and psychotherapy. Great progress has been made during the past 35 years in this effort, but more work remains to be done. The focus of this special issue of Open Theology is to commemorate the publication of Bergin’s 1980 article by affirming the progress that has been made and exploring directions for the future in the movement to bring religious values and spiritual perspectives into mainstream psychotherapy. Manuscripts with a theoretical, historical, theological, empirical, and/or clinical focus will all be considered for the special issue. For empirical studies, a variety of research methodologies are encouraged, including experimental, practice-based evidence, process, case reports, single-N, and qualitative designs.



Submissions are due by December 31, 2015. To submit an article for the special issue of Open Theology, please use the on-line submission system  choosing as article type:  ‘Special Issue Article: Psychotherapy and Religious Values’.

All contributions will undergo a critical review before being accepted for publication.
Further questions about the thematic issue can be sent to P. Scott Richards at In case of technical questions or problems please contact Managing Editor of the journal Dr. Katarzyna Tempczyk at