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Spirituality in Bereavement

Next session starts in July 2020

Seminar Description

When facing a profound a loss of any kind, such as the death of a loved one, divorce, job loss, pet loss or loss of health, we cannot separate psychology from spirituality. Regardless of one’s belief system or image of God, loss and grief almost always brings up existential questions, because searching for meaning is an intrinsic part of the grieving process.

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 add academic training in spirituality to the practical experience of providing clinical, palliative, and hospice care to those who are dying and those who survive the dying, shifting from best intention to best practices. Insights, best practices, and research-based evidence of the intersectionality of spirituality, psychology, and religion will guide your cohort members to understanding of authentic and compassionate care and action.

Take this seminar as part of the Certificate in Mental Health and Spirituality, or by itself to earn continuing education credits (CEs) as you learn to bring spirituality to the moments in death, dying and bereavement.

Registration Fee: $625

Objectives

  • Understand how religious and spiritual diversity can be effectively addressed in situations of bereavement and how it intersects with other forms of diversity.
  • Learn, practice, and develop best practices for hospice and palliative care workers, clergy and spiritual directors, pastors and chaplains, in dealing with issues of grief, bereavement, 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

The significance of spirituality in the grieving process

The existential questions asked by the bereaved

Approaches to death and grief from a variety of diverse cultures

The importance of ritual for healing

Why including spirituality in counseling is critical for working with loss and grief

How counselors and spiritual care providers can use ritual in their practices

Thought Leaders

Rev. Dr. Terri Daniel

Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, IATP; Certified in death, dying and bereavement, ADEC; Clinical chaplain, ordained interfaith minister and end-of-life educator

Stephen Mark Findley, MDiv, CLYT, BCC

Staff chaplain at the University of Texas at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Rev. Tim Langdell, MDiv, PhD, BCC

Parish priest at Church of the Beloved Disciple and ProCathedral, Hollywood

Course Details

Course ID

URAWI 505X – Spirituality and Bereavement

Price

$625 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

Who?

Bereaved individuals, hospice workers, grief counselors, chaplains, social workers, nurses, physicians, mental health care providers and healers in alternative modalities, including meditation practitioners, death doulas, Reiki healers, intuitive counselors and music/art therapists who work with death and grief. This will also be of interest to those studying religious history, mysticism and indigenous practices for death, dying and bereavement.

CEs

24 CEs Available. CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.  LCSWs, MFTs, and other mental health professionals from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board as to whether or not they accept programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association. SCRC is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California.   For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact tlai@sfts.edu. For questions about CE, visit www.spiritualcompetency.com or contact David Lukoff, PhD at CE@spiritualcompetency .com.

24 Contact Hours are available to Pastors, Pastor Counselor, Nurses, and Chaplains whose certifying agencies or organizations require CEU hours. To determine whether or not your seminar qualifies for CEUs, please consult with your certifying body. For questions about these CEU accreditations email info@appliedwisdominstitute.org

Learning Objectives
  • Explain the significance of spirituality in the grieving process
  • Assess and guide another through the existential questions asked by the bereaved
  • Explain approaches to death and grief from a variety of diverse cultures
  • Explain the importance of ritual for healing
  • Demonstrate rituals for healing
  • Discuss why including spirituality in counseling is critical for working with loss and grief
  • Analyze why counselors and spiritual care providers can use ritual in their practices
  • Explain Complicated vs. normal grief: why counseling and social work is lacking in this area
  • Describe short-term and Long-term effects of loss of a child on parents, siblings, and community
  • Analyze Gender similarities/differences in response to grief and processing of grief. Understanding in the space of Gender Expansiveness and Bereavement
  • Create personal rituals
  • Use/utilize Grief/Loss genogram/Grief inventory tools
  • Demonstrate how one “Neutralizes” spiritual concepts (meditation, altars, prayer, ritual) in secular settings
  • Analyze and critique Fowler’s styles of understanding the Divine
  • Apply Interfaith counseling skills
  • Assess current research on grief, bereavement, and spiritual care
Location

Live on the ZOOM platform

Period

JULY 14 – SEPT 3 2020

Times

Tuesday: 4:30 – 6:00 p PST
Thursday: 4:30-6:30 p PST

Delivery

Online

Ready to Bring Spirituality to Bereavement

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 to add spirituality to moments of death, dying and bereavement.