2019 Conference on Relational Spirituality

Learn more about relational spirituality

Date and Location:
  • Fri.-Sat., April 5-6, 2019
  • Bowling Green State University
  • Bowling Green, Ohio
Co-sponsors: 
  • Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality (SPRS) 
  • Bowling Green State University
  • The John Templeton Foundation

2019 Conference Consolidated Program

The consolidated conference program (PDF, 361KB) provided a schedule and overview of the 2019 Mid-Year Conference.

2019 Conference Highlights

Invited keynote addresses:
  • Advancing the Psychology of Religiousness and Spirituality: How Can a Meaning Perspective Contribute? (1 hour)
    Crystal Park, PhD, University of Connecticut
  • Spiritual Struggles and Supernatural Attributions: A Relational Perspective (1 hour)
    Julie Exline, PhD, Case Western Reserve University
Invited Clinical Workshop (3 hours):
  • Advances in Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy: Understanding and Addressing Spiritual Struggles
    Kenneth I. Pargament, PhD, Bowling Green State University
Invited Research Toolkit Presentations (1 hour each)
  • Funding Opportunities with the John Templeton Foundation: 2019 - 2023 Strategic Priorities
    Nicholas Gibson, PhD, John Templeton Foundation 
  • Replication and Open Science in the Scientific Study of Religion and Methodology
    Michiel van Elk, PhD, University of Amsterdam
  • Tackling Methods in the Psychology of Religion
    Will M. Gervais, PhD, University of Kentucky

Invited Presentations-Relational Spirituality Theme

Solo talks (30 minutes each)
  • Chris Boyatzis, PhD, Christian by Birth, Secular in Life: Danish Mothers' Views of Religion in Family Life in Denmark.
  • Gina Brelsford, PhD, Parents' Spiritual Struggles and Mental Health Following a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Experience
  • Chana Etengoff, PhD, LGBTQ Religious and Spiritual Experiences: Context, Intersectionality and Mental Health
  • Frank Fincham, PhD, Divine Forgiveness and Interpersonal Forgiveness: A Symbiotic Relationship?
  • Richard Petts, PhD, Paternity Leave, Father Involvement and Parental Conflict: The Moderating Role of Religious Participation
  • Rebekah Richert, PhD, Is God Real? Predictors of Stability and Change in Early Childhood Conceptions of God's Reality Status
  • Amy Wachholtz, PhD, God Save Me…Maybe?: Patients’ Relationship with their Higher Power during Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder and Chronic Pain 
Chaired symposium (1 hour each)
  • Mike Goodman, PhD (chair), with co-chairs Justin Dyer, PhD, and Mark Ogletree, PhD
    Symposium title: Longitudinal Relational Research - Lessons Learned from the Family Foundations of Youth Development Project
  • Annette Mahoney, PhD (chair)
    Symposium title: Diving into New Details about Relational Spirituality: Friendships, Hook-up and Verbally Abusive Parents of Emerging Adults
  • Jennifer Ripley, PhD (chair)
    Symposium title: Intimate Partners and Religion: The Role of Religion and the Sacred in Relationship Functioning
  • Sarah Schneider, PhD (chair), with co-chairs Janet Carter, MDiv, and Diana Ro, PsyD
    Symposium title: Spirituality, Religiousness and Virtues in Psychiatric Inpatients: Research Findings, Clinical Applications and Chaplain Perspectives

2019 Registration

Registration covered:

  • All program events, both days.
  • The Ohio Psychological Association, which is an APA-approved sponsor of Continuing Professional Education, has approved all of the invited presentations highlighted above for Continuing Education (CE) Hours for Ohio psychologists. Other attendees should check with their license boards on transferability of these CEs. More detailed descriptions of CE hours are available on the Invited Presentation CE list (PDF, 89KB). Participants may earn up to 14 CEs.
  • Deluxe continental breakfasts on Friday and Saturday mornings, a late afternoon reception with hors d'oeuvres and cash bar on Friday, as well as a mid-afternoon snack on Saturday, and closing reception late Saturday afternoon.
Registration fees were due by March 22, 2019:
  • Standard registration: $165
  • Guest/spouse attendee registration: $120
  • Graduate student registration: $60
  • Undergraduate registration (limited number of spaces): $40

For questions about registration, contact Program Co-chair Annette Mahoney (email).

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