Certificate in Mental Health and Spirituality

Designed for working professionals, 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 courses first ground you in the connection between spirit and health, and then to go deeper into issues including chronic illness, bereavement, bipolar faith, healing, and clinical practice.

Outcomes

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 course comes with continuing education units (CEUs) that can satisfy skills acquisition requirements for certain practicing professionals.

Course Preview: Paradigms of Healing and Wholeness

CEUs

24 Contact Hours are available to Pastors, Pastor Counselors, 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.

Courses

The certificate is comprised of three required courses and two electives.

Required Courses

 

URAWI - 501X Spirituality in Mental Health

Instructors: Peter Goldblum, Cassandra Vieten, and Rev. Mark Wilson

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.

Objectives

  • 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

CE Credits

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@appliedwisdominstitute.org. For questions about CE, visit www.spiritualcompetency.com or contact David Lukoff, PhD at CE@spiritualcompetency.com.

URAWI - 502X Paradigms of Healing and Wholeness

Instructor: Frances Grace

Course Details

People long to be happy and free of suffering, to experience their own innate wholeness and to live from the clear depths of their “true self.” But what does healing look like? What is wholeness? As a professional in mental health care, counseling or pastoral care, do you have the answers?

In this 8-week, 16 session, interactive and immersive experience, you learn an integrative approach to healing and wholeness by considering paradigms that are inclusive of the human being’s full spectrum of lived experience—body, mind, spirit, and heart.

Here you will get comprehensive exposure to paradigms of human flourishing that integrate the riches of ancient wisdom with the findings of recent evidence-based discoveries. 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 the paradigms of healing and wholeness.

Objectives

  • Increase awareness of the intersection of spirituality/religion and mental health/human flourishing. 
  • Examine a range of paradigms for healing and wholeness.
  • Explore, learn and practice methods proposed by the paradigms to be effective in fostering healing and wholeness.
  • Deepen understanding of the spiritual dimensions of healing and wholeness. 
  • Expand self-knowledge as it relates to psycho-spiritual development.

CE Credits

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@appliedwisdominstitute.org. For questions about CE, visit www.spiritualcompetency.com or contact David Lukoff, PhD at CE@spiritualcompetency.com.

URAWI - 503X Integrating Spirituality in Clinical Practice

Instructor: Conroy Reynolds

Despite ample evidence linking religion and spirituality to positive mental health outcomes, counselors and healthcare practitioners can still find themselves hesitant to bring spirituality into their practice.   Even if you don’t feel comfortable with it, the majority of your clients want you to bring it up.

In this 8-week, 16 session, interactive and immersive online experience, you learn how spirituality/religion as a cultural, social, and ideological force affects mental health. You will have the opportunity to discuss the accurate definition of spirituality, examine socio-culture differences in spiritual practices, and explore the types of beliefs and practices that support or impair mental health.

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 infuse spirituality into your clinical practice.

Objectives

  • Increase awareness of the intersection of spirituality/religion and mental health/subjective wellbeing 
  • Utilize a systemic holistic framework for the integration of spiritually focused assessment and intervention to promote healing, spiritual development, and subjective wellbeing 
  • Examine core competencies and ethical guidelines developed within the various disciplines to address spiritual/religious concerns in clinical practice 
  • Deepen understanding of the spiritual dimensions of social justice and advocacy in clinical practice 

Elective Courses - Choose two

 

URAWI - 504X Bipolar Faith

Instructor: Monica Coleman

The silent issues around us – mental health, sexual and domestic violence, and religious diversity – are often the most challenging to address. How can communities respond effectively to those in their midst who are held back by trauma, depression and mental illness? How might you make a difference?

In this 6-week, 12 session seminar), you will learn how to create a spiritual community of hope around people struggling with mental health. Coleman’s train-the-trainer seminar helps leaders in churches, caregiver groups, and civic non-profit organizations prepare their members to identify and support those in their midst who face mental health challenges.

Join Monica A. Coleman, MDiv, Ph.D. as she coaches you through her book, Bipolar Faith: A Black Woman’s Journey with Depression and Faith and workshop materials, equipping you to lead others through the material.  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 how to build a community that understands and supports people with mental health issues.

Objectives

  • Understand how religious and spiritual diversity can be understood, addressed, and enriched during bouts
    with mental illness, periodic and/or chronic and how it intersects with other forms of diversity.
  • Learn, practice, and develop best practices for clergy and spiritual directors, pastors, and chaplains, community
    group leaders, and activists in dealing with issues of mental illness, spirituality, and survival.
  • Learn ways for clergy/spiritual directors and mental health professionals to better collaborate to foster wellness in their patients and congregants.

URAWI - 505X Spirituality in Bereavement

Instructor: Terri Daniel

When facing a profound 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 units (CEUs) as you learn to bring spirituality to the moments in death, dying and bereavement.

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.

CE Credits

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@appliedwisdominstitute.org. For questions about CE, visit www.spiritualcompetency.com or contact David Lukoff, PhD at CE@spiritualcompetency.com.

URAWI - 506X Spiritual Journeys in Chronic Illness

Instructors: Terri Daniel and Karen Wyatt

When facing chronic illness, a deep and persisting loss, we cannot separate psychology from spirituality, nor the personal and social impact of chronic illness. Regardless of one’s belief system or image of God, this eroding illness and loss bring up existential questions, because searching for meaning is an intrinsic part of facing chronic illness.

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 learn to address and explore the internal and external intersectionality of life as one suffering from a chronic illness and as those suffering with those with chronic illness. This course will connect you to others in palliative care so that you may share experiences and insights as well as the family of patients.

Here you will gain insights and tools of ceremony, learn pain reduction through spiritual practice and understand how to communicate and enlist the leaders of the patient’s spiritual community in the care of individuals

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 how ritual and spiritual journey helps in the care of those with chronic illness.

Objectives

  • Understand how religious and spiritual diversity can be understood, addressed, and enriched during chronic
    illnesses and how it intersects with other forms of diversity.
  • Learn, practice, and develop best practices for palliative caregivers, medical practitioners, clergy and spiritual
    directors, pastors, and chaplains, in dealing with issues of chronic illness, spirituality, and survival.
  • Learn ways for clergy/spiritual directors and mental health professionals to better collaborate to foster
    wellness in their patients and congregants.

CE Credits

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@appliedwisdominstitute.org. For questions about CE, visit www.spiritualcompetency.com or contact David Lukoff, PhD at CE@spiritualcompetency.com.