People’s religious and spiritual beliefs are deeply intertwined with their mental and emotional health, with surveys showing that over 70% of people say religion orients their lives. With mental health issues, family members often seek help initially (and on an ongoing basis) from a clergy person.
That puts clergy in a position to need a broader understanding of mental health issues. On the other side, mental health professionals must now prepare for an ever-increasing variety of spiritual and religious beliefs. Both can learn from each other about the interplay of spirituality and mental health.
In this 8-week, 16 session seminar, mental health and spiritual care providers can together explore the issues of correct diagnoses, and communications between the parties involved – doctors, patients, community members, mental health professionals and spiritual practitioners.
Here you learn skills that guide assessment, treatment planning and intervention. Take this seminar as part of the Certificate in Mental Health and Spirituality, or by itself to earn continuing education units (CEs) as you learn to connect spirituality to mental health.
Registration Fee: $895
- Articulate how religious and spiritual beliefs and practices are important to psychological health and well-being.
Learn how religious and spiritual diversity can be effectively addressed in mental health care, and how it intersects with other forms of diversity
Apply a social-ecological map to a religious/mental health problem to identify resources within your community
Identify religious/spiritual and mental health intersections and barriers to collaboration between psychologists and clergy
Distinguish between spiritual struggles and psychological conditions
The amazing breadth of religious and spiritual diversity
Distinguishing between spiritual struggles and psychological conditions
Spiritual and mental health intersections
Collaborations between clergy and mental health professionals
How to ask about spirituality, religion and mental health issues
The role of family and community in the intersection of spirituality and mental health
$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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com
- Explain how religious and spiritual beliefs and practices are important to psychological health and well-being.
- Discuss how religious and spiritual diversity can be effectively addressed in mental health care
- Apply a social-ecological map to a religious/mental health problem to identify resources within your community
- Describe and discuss common religious/spiritual and mental health intersections and barriers to collaboration between psychologists and clergy
- Assess and compare the differences between spiritual struggles and psychological conditions
- Apply basic assessment skills to determine clients’ current spiritual/religious involvement and impact on mental health issues
- Analyze religious and spiritual diversity and how it intersects with other forms of diversity, e.g. age, ethnicity, gender
- Describe how spirituality/religion changes over a being’s lifecycle
- Explain trauma and how it manifests physically
- Analyze the impact of the intertwining of human diversity with spiritual diversity and how this impacts mental health
- Compile an inventory of a client’s spiritual/religious history to help them access spiritual/religious resources for managing mental health
- Utilize appropriate tools to take a mental health history
- Explain ethical and legal issues and boundaries when working with family, immediate and distant, in the intersection of mental health and spirituality
- Analyze implicit and systemic biases/preconceived conceptions that could affect assessment and care of a client
- Compare and discern between positive and negative religious and spiritual coping in mental health
- Analyze when mental health professionals often see spiritual issues, e.g. bereavement, suicide, terminal illnesses, coming out
- Analyze when religious leaders often see mental health issues, e.g. substance abuse, domestic violence, chronic mental illness
Seminar participants meet over the Internet using browser-based conferencing software.
MAR 4 – APR 25 2019
Mondays, 4:30 – 6:00 pm PST
Wednesdays, 4:30 – 6:00 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 Connect Spirituality to Mental Health?
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 connect spirituality to mental health.