Prayer through the Lens of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

By :  Mychal Springer Adjunct Instructor of Professional and Pastoral Skills Posted On Apr 1, 2024 / 5784 | Monday Webinar Timely Insight, Timeless Wisdom | Prayer

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With Rabbi Mychal Springer, Adjunct Professor, JTS, and Manager of Clinical Pastoral Education, New York-Presbyterian Hospital

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), with its focus on beliefs, thoughts, and feelings, is a powerful modality for helping people in distress. Drawing on the work of David H. Rosmarin’s Spirituality, Religion, and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, we explore how CBT can inform and strengthen individuals’ and communities’ prayer lives. We discuss the connections between different types of prayers—including giving thanks, engaging in dialogue, contemplative prayer, and petitionary prayer—and evidence-based therapeutic approaches to wellbeing.  


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