Applied Wisdom Institute (AWI)

The Applied Wisdom Institute offers a certificate Mental Health and Spirituality

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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