Spiritual Journeys in Chronic Illnes

Next session starts on July 9, 2019
in partnership with

Seminar Description

When facing chronic illness, a deep and persisting loss, we cannot separate psychology from spirituality, nor the personal and social impact of chronic illness. Regardless of one’s belief system or image of God, this eroding illness and loss bring up existential questions, because searching for meaning is an intrinsic part of facing chronic illness.

A Christian might wonder, “Why would a loving god let this happen?” or “Is God punishing me?” An SBNR person (Spiritual But Not Religious) might ask, “What am I supposed to learn from this experience?” An atheist might question whether painful events are truly random, or if there is some deeper purpose to our challenges and losses.

In this 8-week, 16 session seminar, you learn to address and explore the internal and external intersectionality of life as one suffering from a chronic illness and as those suffering with those with chronic illness. This course will connect you to others in palliative care so that you may share experiences and insights as well as the family of patients.

Here you will gain insights and tools of ceremony, learn pain reduction through spiritual practice and understand how to communicate and enlist the leaders of the patient’s spiritual community in the care of individuals

Take this seminar as part of the Certificate in Mental Health and Spirituality, or by itself to earn continuing education units (CEUs) as you learn how ritual and spiritual journey helps in the care of those with chronic illness.

Registration Fee: $895


  • Understand how religious and spiritual diversity can be understood, addressed, and enriched during chronic
    illnesses and how it intersects with other forms of diversity.
  • Learn, practice, and develop best practices for palliative caregivers, medical practitioners, clergy and spiritual
    directors, pastors and chaplains, in dealing with issues of chronic illness, spirituality, and survival.
  • Learn ways for clergy/spiritual directors and mental health professionals to better collaborate to foster
    wellness in their patients and congregants.

Topics Include

Defining chronic illness, understanding different scenarios

Types of losses experienced with chronic illness

Spiritual issues such as suffering, prayer, discernment and clergy roles

Social / community issues including accepting/offering help, resources

Psychological issues of depression, suicide, guilt and isolation

Facing death - assistance, hospice, grief, cultural views of afterlife

Seminar Facilitators

Rev. Terri Daniel, MA, CT

CCTP Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, AITP; Clinical chaplain, ordained interfaith minister and end-of-life educator

Karen Wyatt, MD

Physician, Author and Founder of Creative Healing LLC

Seminar Details

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$895 for the individual seminar.  Also, can be taken as a part of the Spirituality and Mental Health Certificate.

Alumni, Employee, and Group pricing available.  Inquire HERE


This seminar appeals to healthcare practitioners, clergy, spiritual directors, and others who work with patients, clients, and congregants experiencing chronic illness or working with others who have a chronic illness.


APA CEs Pending

24 Contact Hours are available to Pastors, Pastor Counselors, Nurses, and Chaplains whose certifying agencies or organizations require CE hours. To determine whether or not your seminar qualifies for CEUs, please consult with your certifying body.

California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CEU credits for license renewal by LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, and MFTs for programs from CEU approved sponsors.

LCSWs and MFTs from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board for approval. California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California. CA Emergency Medical Services for EMTs and Paramedics. For questions about these CEU accreditations email info@appliedwisdominstitute.org


Seminar participants meet over the Internet using browser-based conferencing software.


JUL 9 – AUG 29 2019


Wednesdays, 4:30 – 6:00 pm PST
Thursdays, 4:30 – 6:30 pm PST


Seminars are delivered online through the Zoom conferencing system on the Internet. Meetings are live / synchronous. All participants are visible to each other and engage in the conversations through the system.

Ready to Bring Spirituality to Chronic Illness

Supported in conversation with people from all walks of life, each person who passes through an AWI seminar learns how to connect, engage and restore the person who needs the unique support that they alone provide.  Take this seminar as part of the Certificate in Mental Health and Spirituality, or by itself to earn continuing education units (CEUs) as you learn how ritual and spiritual journey helps in the care of those with chronic illness.