Thanks for starting the application process for the Secular Therapy Project. Please read these requirements carefully. Once you have hit the agree button, you will be sent to the registration page and receive a confirmation email. Our vetting team will review your application and process it within two weeks. If we have questions or need clarification, we will email you soon. As a reminder, please use these criteria to guide you as you complete the application.
- Guideline 1, Licensure: All listed therapists in the STP should be properly licensed according to their state, province or country's laws. For instance, we encourage licensed psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, marital and family therapists, clinical social workers, and other mental health professionals. We do not allow 'coaches' or people who are unlicensed to be listed in the STP database.
- Guideline 2, Secular: All listed therapists in the STP should be non-religious and of a secular nature. While most religious therapists act ethically, and do not bring their personal beliefs into the therapy room, the clients using the STP are often drawn to us because of negative experiences with religious therapists. As such, they are likely to be highly turned off by religous therapists, even those practicing in a non-religous manner.
- Guideline 3, Evidence-based practice: All listed therapists in the STP should be practiciing evidence-based therapy and assessment. Stated simply, evidence based practice (EBP) is a guiding principle that means a mental health professional, regardless of type of license, is guided in the treatment and assessment methods they use by the current practices as defined by scientific evidence. This typically incorporates the use of empirically-supported treatments for specific types of problems in addition to being able to establish a strong therapeutic alliance. Potential applicants who primarily use non-evidence-based or pseudoscientific methods will not be approved for the STP.