Spirituality in Mental Health

Next session starts on March 4, 2019
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Seminar Description

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 (CEUs) 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

Topics Include

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

Seminar Facilitators

Peter Goldblum, PhD, MPH

Professor Emeritus, past Director of Clinical Training, Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, Palo Alto University

Rev. D. Mark Wilson, PhD

Past Assistant Professor of Congregational Leadership, Pacific School of Religion and Former Pastor of McGee Avenue Baptist Church in Berkeley, California

Cassandra Vieten, PhD

President of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, and scientist at the Mind-Body Medicine Research Group, California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute

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 mental health professionals who see clients with varied spiritual beliefs and practices, and clergy members, pastoral counselors and spiritual teachers who deal with mental health issues in their communities.

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


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.