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date: 26 October 2020

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The religious distinctive doctoral programs that are accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) provide a significant training niche in the landscape of professional psychology education. We live in a culture in which religion plays an important role in the everyday lives of people, and religion is particularly salient when people cope with trauma and emotional difficulties. Religion is a factor of cultural diversity, yet psychologists as a group have not embraced its role either personally or professionally. Although religious distinctive programs provide doctoral education to graduate students interested in working with spiritual and religious issues within the context of psychotherapy, these programs account for relatively few graduates annually. Within the scope of professional psychology training programs, the religious distinctive programs must address relevant training issues such as academic freedom and the role of Footnote 4 in the APA accreditation guidelines.

Keywords: religion, education, training, accreditation, Footnote 4

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