Some of the stories of psychologists and clergy working together have happy endings, and some do not. Twenty psychologists and clergy who work together well were interviewed, and 94 clergy (53% response rate) and 145 psychologists (76% response rate) were surveyed. A 2-tiered schema for working well with clergy is proposed. Basic collaborative qualifications, such as respect for clergy and communication with clergy as needed, should be considered minimal competence for all professional psychologists. Additional qualifications, such as awareness of religious spirituality and shared values, are necessary for more advanced forms of collaboration.
McMinn, Mark R.; Aikins, Daniel C.; and Lish, R. Allen, "Basic and Advanced Competence in Collaborating With Clergy" (2003). Faculty Publications - Grad School of Clinical Psychology. 172.