Spiritual Emergence and Spiritual Problems Francis Lu and David Lukoff

As the use of tools and wisdom from spiritual traditions in the culture and in psychotherapy has been increasing, spiritual problems that are triggered by, or exacerbated by, spiritual practices have also become an area of clinical concern. Spontaneous spiritual experiences can also trigger distress. This presentation will update the developments in the transpersonally-inspired diagnostic category Religious or Spiritual Problem since it was adopted in the DSM-IV in 1994. It will present a typology of religious and spiritual problems and an overview of training curriculums developed for psychiatry and psychology.