Despite the increasing attention being given to clergy-psychologist collaboration, many psychologists may wonder what clergy-psychologist collaboration looks like in actual practice. The authors describe an example of clergy-psychologist collaboration involving a careful needs-assessment phase followed by the development of a wide spectrum of preventive, consultative, and direct services. Current challenges include funding, establishment of trust, and the integration of psychology and spirituality. Implications for professional psychologists are discussed.
Benes, Kathryn M.; Welsh, Joseph M.; McMinn, Mark R.; Dominguez, Amy W.; and Aikins, Daniel C., "Psychology and the Church: An Exemplar of Psychologist-Clergy Collaboration" (2000). Faculty Publications - Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) Program. 161.