A rich body of empirical literature now ties spirituality/religion to psychological functioning (1). It is therefore not surprising that nearly half of medical and psychiatric patients report a desire to incorporate spirituality/religion into their treatment (2, 3). To meet this growing need, recent years have seen the development of many spiritually-integrated psychological treatments (4), and several prominent randomized controlled studies have yielded encouraging results (5, 6, 7). However, these treatments remain largely unavailable, and hardly any have been developed for Jewish individuals in particular.
Therefore, in 2009, JPSYCH created a self-directed, spiritually-integrated, electronic treatment program entitled “Increase Your Trust in God” to help Jews suffering from elevated levels of stress and worry. In a randomized controlled trial with an international sample of 125 Jewish individuals from various backgrounds (63.9% Orthodox), we found that individuals who engaged in our treatment program benefited from large reductions in anxiety over just a two week period (8). Click here for more information.
Since then, JPSYCH has received countless requests for the “Increase Your Trust in God” program from around the world. JPSYCH has therefore decided to make the program available to the public for personal use (not professional use).
To help defray costs of the program's development as well as shipping, we ask for a contribution of $25-$50 to support JPSYCH research to support JPSYCH research. For International shipping, we request at least $35.
1 Koenig, H.G., McCullough, M.E., & Larson, D.B. (2001). Handbook of religion and health. New York: Oxford University Press.
2 Puchalski, C.M., Larson, D.B. & Lu, F.G. (2001). Spirituality in psychiatry residency training programs. International Review of Psychiatry, 13(2), 131-138.
3 Lindgren, K.N. & Coursey, R.D. (1995). Spirituality and serious mental illness: A two-part study. Psychosocial Rehabilitation Journal, 18(3), 93-111.
4 Pargament, K. I. (2007). Spiritually-integrated psychotherapy: Understanding and addressing the sacred. New York: Guilford.
5 Propst, L. R., Ostrom, R., Watkins, P., Dean, T. & Mashburn (1992). Comparative efficacy of religious and nonreligious cognitive behavioral therapy for the treatment of clinical depression in religious individuals. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 60(1),94-103.
6 Oman, D., Hedberg, J. & Thoresen, C. E. (2006). Passage Meditation Reduces Perceived Stress in Health Professionals: A Randomized, Controlled Trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 74(4), 714-719.
7 Wachholtz, A.B.,& Pargament,K.I. (2009).Migraines and meditation: Does spirituality matter? Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 31(4), 351–366.
8 Rosmarin, D.H., Pargament, K.I., Pirutinsky, S., & Mahoney, A. (2010). A randomized controlled evaluation of a spiritually-integrated treatment for subclinical anxiety in the Jewish community, delivered via the Internet. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 24(7), 799-808.