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.
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
$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 firstname.lastname@example.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.