Applied Wisdom Institute (AWI)

The Applied Wisdom Institute offers two certificates in
• Spirituality and Entrepreneurship
• Mental Health and Spirituality

Certificate in Spirituality and Entrepreneurship (C.S.E.)
Through an accelerated seven-month program, you learn to guide large-scale, mission-driven organizations and gain the skills to ignite positive social transformation. Our unique learning model includes expert instruction, a mentored community project of your choosing, as well as cohort feedback and collaboration.

Emerge as a leader for social change. You will be empowered to apply your learning throughout the modules and develop a working project plan. Whether completing the entire program or just one particular module, you will immediately gain wisdom and begin to get things done.


Each module costs $1,000 and is equivalent to 24 continuing education units. 24 Contact Hours are available to Pastors, Pastor Counselor, 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 CE credits for license renewal by LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, and MFTs for programs from CE 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 CE accreditations email

Each module takes place online, with participants meeting over the internet using a browser-based conferencing system. Modules may be delivered in two ways:
1. Intensives are delivered in-person at the beginning of each Spirituality and Entrepreneurship module.
2. Modules are delivered online through the Zoom conferencing system. Meetings are live/synchronous. All participants are visible to each other and engage in conversations through the system.

The modules take place at various points in the year. Please check the Applied Wisdom Institute page for details on dates and meeting times.

Topics for each module vary. Please visit the Applied Wisdom Institute page for details


AWI 300 Applied Wisdom: Ethical & Inclusive Leadership Development.
The Certificate in Spirituality and Entrepreneurship was designed for emerging social entrepreneurs, ordinary people from all walks of life with extraordinary passion for positive change.

Social entrepreneurs want to make a difference in the world, but they must paint an exciting vision for the future to align others with their goals. One of the first steps in establishing a vision (i.e., a Point B) is determining one’s current “situatedness” (i.e., Point A).

Toward this end, Module 1 aims to provide learners with increased self-awareness, a deeper understanding of others, an improved ability to provide feedback to others, and the space to develop, support and articulate their unique, specific vision for improving the world.

Simply put, Module 1 hones learners’ grasp of the intersections between who they are, their spiritual journeys, why they care, how they need to develop, and what social entrepreneurship venture they wish to pursue.


• Understand the ancient wisdom behind contemporary organizational ethics, and articulate one’s own ethical mileposts.
• Understand what makes people feel like they are welcome and valued in organizations, and how to make it happen.
• Critically analyze the sense of being the “other.”
• Provide an actionable plan to mindfully apply the learning of this module in your personal and professional life.

AWI 301 Measuring Social Impact: Mission-Based Dara Evaluation & Strategy
When ministering, doing non-profit work, developing social responsibility programs, and growing organizations, there is often passion and mission behind it, but the gritty part that will grow an organization and accelerate impact – the numbers, the business strategy, and the operational know-how – may be back-of-mind or unknown.

Module 2 of the Certificate in Spirituality and Social Entrepreneurship will level-up your skills and strengthen the bond between your passion and mission to practical business skills. Here you will learn to measure impact with ability to scale. You will learn how to turn your altruistic goal into a practical endeavor that others will be motivated to join.


• Accelerate down a path to becoming systems leaders who can address complex organizational problems in innovative ways
• Know the six engineering habits of mind: systems thinking, creativity, optimism, collaboration, communication, and ethics
• Practice the core elements of information literacy

AWI 302 Storytelling in Media & Technology
Accurately sharing your vision with the world matters. Are you using the right messages? Are you using the right media? Are you aligning technology with your audience? It is crucial that you understand how to craft and deliver a powerful message through the right channels.

Module 3 of the Certificate in Spirituality and Entrepreneurship will teach you how to best use media and technology in social ventures. The readings and discussions will apply to range of possible applications to individual projects. For some people, the central piece of your project might be to make media (e.g., a website, movies, written material). For others, you may be using media and technology to advance your ideas (e.g., to seek funding, attract volunteers, communicate a project story). Whatever your needs, this module will take you the very latest strategies for using modern media to reach and influence your audience.


• Develop a knowledge and competency-driven mindset for problem solving and collection in fields of public service
• Learn how media and technology are influential in digital life.
• Apply the wisdom of the literature to make your project the most media savvy, digitally influential, and engaging project to funders, volunteers, partners and employees.

Certificate in Mental Health and Spirituality (C.M.H.S.)
Designed for working professionals and with Pastors, mental health providers, and graduate students in mind, the Certificate in Mental Health and Spirituality builds greater spiritual awareness that helps you connect with people of all faiths. Six synchronous interactive and immersive online seminars taken over six months first ground you in the connection between spirit and health, and then go deeper into chronic illness, bereavement, bipolar faith, healing and clinical practice. Participants will learn to identify the spiritual and mental health needs of members of their community and learn to work together to provide sensitive and effective care.

The Certificate in Mental Health and Spirituality prepares you for important conversations with people in tough situations, at critical moments in their lives. Valuable time is gained when you can immediately relate to people from their spiritual point of view, break down barriers and connect with them. And, each seminar comes with valuable continuing education units (CEUs) that can satisfy skills acquisition requirements for certain practicing professionals.

The certificate is broken into required seminars. The seminars are:

• Paradigms of Healing and Wholeness
• Integrating Spirituality in Clinical Practice
• Spirituality in Mental Health

And two of the following electives:

• Spirituality in Bereavement
• Bi-Polar Faith
• Spiritual Journeys in Chronic Illness

Prices for the Certificates are as follows:
All Certificate seminars $4,475
Individual seminars $895
Alumni, employee, and group pricing is available. Please visit the AWI web page for more details

Completion of seminars is estimated at around 7 months, with class times taking place on either Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays. Classes are held between 4:30-6:00 p.m. 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.

Topics and objectives for each seminar vary. Please check the Applied Wisdom Institute page for details

Required Seminars  

URAWI 501X Spirituality in Mental Health
Learn concepts and strategies for understanding and integrating spirituality in mental health services for mental health professionals, clinical chaplains, community leaders, and others. Topics include understanding of cultural frameworks, multi-faith and interfaith frameworks, implicit biases, and working with instead of solving for diverse communities.

URAWI 502X Paradigms of Healing and Wholeness
Explores a range of paradigms for human healing and wholeness inspired by diverse spiritual traditions (e.g., Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Buddhist, Native American, Sufi) and clinical frameworks (e.g., meaning based therapy, Jungian depth psychology, inner cultivation of compassion and mindfulness). Emphasis is on experiential application of concepts and practices. As it relates to psycho-spiritual development.

URAWI 503X Integrating Spirituality in Clinical Practice
Students learn to utilize spiritually informed strategies and techniques to assess spiritual distress, guide treatment planning, implement appropriate evidenced-based interventions and evaluate therapeutic outcomes. Course is Practitioner focused and designed to develop clinical skills integrating spiritual issues in therapy, social justice and advocacy in clinical practice.


URAWI 504X Bi-Polar Faith
Learn concepts and strategies for providing spiritual care, mental health guidance, and culturally sensitive training for groups that seek to provide access to care. Topics include intertwining of familial, social, and spiritual issues; living with Bi-Polar disorder; finding, providing, and/or receiving resources; collaboration, and community; and forgiveness vs. reconciliation post-trauma.

URAWI 505X Spirituality in Bereavement
Gain academic training to supplement 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. Topics include types of grief, possible psychological and spiritual complications in grieving, and rituals in grieving.

URAWI 506X Spiritual Journeys in Chronic Illness
Learn, practice, and develop best practices for palliative caregivers, medical practitioners, interfaith chaplains, and more, in dealing with issues of chronic illness, spirituality, and survival. Topics include understanding how age, degrees of function, and grief interplay in well-being.

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