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Spirituality in Clinical Practice ® (SCP) is a practice-oriented journal that encompasses spiritually-oriented psychotherapy and spirituality-sensitive cultural approaches to treatment and wellness. SCP is dedicated to integrating psychospiritual and other spiritually-oriented interventions involved in psychotherapy, consultation, coaching, health, and wellness.

SCP provides a forum for those engaged in clinical activities to report on — and dialogue about — their activities to inform treatment models and future research initiatives. SCP fosters original scientific development in the field by highlighting actual and potential professional applications of spirituality in clinical practice. SCP seeks to initiate research questions through clinical insight and to introduce practice approaches supported or guided by existing research.

SCP welcomes application of models from the related fields of medicine, integrative medicine, biology, neuroscience, ethnology, anthropology, and natural sciences.

Research articles are highly encouraged on clinical conceptualization or settings, including studies on models, processes, or treatment approaches. Treatment studies may include clinical trials at any phase; studies on feasibility, curative factors, strategy, process, efficacy, or effectiveness; and meta-analytic or mixed-methods studies.

SCP publishes articles, reviews, commentaries, reflections, and practice case reports. To establish a dialogue, articles and related commentaries are published in the same issue.

Disclaimer: APA and the Editors of Spirituality in Clinical Practice assume no responsibility for statements and opinions advanced by the authors of its articles.

Spirituality in Clinical Practice® is a registered trademark of American Psychological Association
Editorial Board


Lisa Miller
Columbia University

Len Sperry
Florida Atlantic University

Managing Editor

Suza Scalora
The Teachers College at Columbia University

Consulting Editors

Naleen N. Andrade
University of Hawaii at Manoa

Jamie D. Aten
Wheaton College

Craig S. Cashwell
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

C. Robert Cloninger
Washington University at St. Louis

Lillian Comas-Diaz
George Washington University

Richard H. Cox
Duke University Medical School & Georgetown University Medical Center

Edward B. Davis
Wheaton College

Larry Dossey
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Frank Farley
Temple University

George Fitchett
Rush University Medical Center

Cheryl A. Giles
Harvard Divinity School

William Hathaway
Regent University

David J. Hufford
Pennsylvania State College of Medicine

W. Brad Johnson
United States Naval Academy

Wayne B. Jonas
Samueli Integrative Health Programs

Harold Koenig
Duke University Medical Center

Mark M. Leach
University of Louisville

David Lukoff
Sofia University

Jason A. Nieuwsma
Duke University Medical Center

Kenneth I. Pargament
Bowling Green University

Kartikeya C. Patel
Sofia University

John R. Peteet
Harvard Medical School

Ralph L. Piedmont
Loyola University Maryland

Thomas G. Plante
Santa Clara University & Stanford University School of Medicine

P. Scott Richards
Brigham Young University

Nola A. Schmidt
Valparaiso University

Douglas W. Schoeninger
The Institute for Christian Healing

Randye J. Semple
University of Southern California

Edward Shafranske
Pepperdine University

Michael J. Sheridan
The Catholic University of America

Jonathan Sperry
Lynn University

Theresa Clement Tisdale
Azusa Pacific University

Joseph P. Wagenseller
C. G. Jung Institute of New York & Teachers College

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Manuscript Submission

Prior to submission, please carefully read and follow the submission guidelines detailed below. Manuscripts that do not conform to the submission guidelines may be returned without review.


To submit to the Editorial Office of Lisa Miller and Len Sperry, please submit manuscripts electronically through the Manuscript Submission Portal in Word Document format (.doc).

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Lisa Miller
Columbia University

Len Sperry
Florida Atlantic University

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The Spirituality in Clinical Practice® (SCP) Editorial Board holds the highest standards of scholarly excellence of an APA publication. Manuscripts are published in the form of Original Articles, Reviews, Practice Case Reports, Commentaries, and Reflections. The review process takes into account innovation and new insight for the field and a clear and scholarly exposition.

Research articles are highly encouraged on clinical conceptualization or settings, including studies on models, processes, or treatment approaches. Treatment studies may include clinical trials at any phase; studies on feasibility, curative factors, strategy, process, efficacy, or effectiveness; and meta-analytic or mixed-methods studies.

Discussion fostered through the SCP "round table" format weds incisive insight with a tone of interest and appreciation for fellow contributors, whose willingness to engage opens terrain for the field. With sound and careful clinical judgment, authors are encouraged to take intellectual risk around forging new ideas for practice that ultimately may pose new questions for research.

Commentary published on Original Articles, Reviews, or Practice Case Reports is then followed by author reply. Upon submission, authors have the option to propose colleagues for Commentary with whom such discussion will be revealing of new ideas for SCP readers. Authors may or may not submit a request for engagement in Commentary.

Submission Types

Original Articles

Original Articles may propose new or emerging practice models; shed insight into existing clinical issues (such as PTSD within the military or refractory recurrent depression); show psychosocial developmental processes that might be fostered through psychospiritual practice; highlight psychosocial models underlying forms of psychopathology, resilience, or wellness; interpret a body of practice experiences; or report on existing practice yet to be broadly disseminated across the field. Original Articles may reach across traditionally distinct clinical professions, synthesize models, or integrate research with clinical experience. To allocate space across authors, Original Articles generally run 18–26 typed, double-spaced pages, including references.


Reviews may reexamine or synthesize psychospiritual approaches or movements, reveal opportunity for innovation, or indicate possibility for shared models, theories, or techniques. Reviews generally fall within 18–26 typed, double-spaced pages, including references.

Practice Case Reports

Practice Case Reports share in narrative form the innovations in practice approaches. Often a psychospiritual practice technique or new practice methods can be illustrated best through a selected case, rather than nested in a theoretical or historical exposition. Practice Case Reports can be presented without extensive theory, in the hopes of informing new or emerging models. Practice Case Reports are reviewed for novelty of approach, new insight, and clarity. Cases may range considerably in length from 4 to 15 pages, based upon the duration of treatment, detail of the interventions, and number of clients (for instance, in group treatment) involved in the case report.


Commentary creates a sense of community "round table" discussion for sharing insights, innovation, and experiences in response to Original Articles, Reviews, or Practice Case Reports. Published Commentary is written in collegial tone, within a sense of shared discovery. Commentary may relay related or contrasting clinical experiences or perspectives, offer new insight, or suggest areas for extension or consideration (6–9 typed, double-spaced pages for Commentary; 3–5 typed, double-spaced pages for Author Reply).


Reflections are insights and advice from the "front lines," in the form of personal perspectives written in the first person, offered by clinicians and others in the field. Reflections may explore spirituality in treatment and describe first-hand experiences that illustrate particularly effective treatment techniques or approaches to resolving difficult situations and challenges, recognizing that the rapidly emerging field of psychospiritual treatment will benefit from such personal insight. Reflections are relatively brief ranging from 4 to 7 typed, double-spaced pages in length.

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List references in alphabetical order. Each listed reference should be cited in text, and each text citation should be listed in the References section.

Examples of basic reference formats:

  • Journal Article:
    Hughes, G., Desantis, A., & Waszak, F. (2013). Mechanisms of intentional binding and sensory attenuation: The role of temporal prediction, temporal control, identity prediction, and motor prediction. Psychological Bulletin, 139, 133–151.
  • Authored Book:
    Rogers, T. T., & McClelland, J. L. (2004). Semantic cognition: A parallel distributed processing approach. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Chapter in an Edited Book:
    Gill, M. J., & Sypher, B. D. (2009). Workplace incivility and organizational trust. In P. Lutgen-Sandvik & B. D. Sypher (Eds.), Destructive organizational communication: Processes, consequences, and constructive ways of organizing (pp. 53–73). New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.


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