Online Course for CE hours and academic credits - Sept. 10 - Oct. 29, 2020
Spirituality and Bereavement Online Course
Sponsored by the University of Redlands School of Theology
September 10 - October 29, 2020
When facing a profound a 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, spiritual outlook or concept of God, loss and grief almost always triggers existential questions, because searching for meaning is an intrinsic part of the grieving process.
Anyone who works to support the bereaved inevitably encounters this struggle, but often feels uncertain of how to examine it. Indeed, a Christian might wonder, “Why would a loving god let this happen?” or “Is God punishing me?” A person who is Spiritual But Not Religious (SBNR) might ask, “What am I supposed to learn from this experience?” or “How is this experience challenging me to deepen my spiritual practice?” An atheist might question whether painful events are truly random, or if there is some deeper purpose to our losses.
It can be unclear how to engage productively with these questions while respecting the uniqueness of each person’s spiritual journey. Furthermore, in the mental health field, spirituality is often regarded as a taboo subject and not adequately addressed in counseling sessions or support groups.
In this course, you will increase your understanding of how to embrace and respect the psycho-spiritual aspects of the mourning process via techniques and practices for addressing the theological, social and family issues that often face the dying and the bereaved.
This is a weekly-course over an eight-week period, offered by the University of Redlands School of Theology. Twelve continuing Education credits are available for professionals, and two academic credits for degree-seeking students.
Click HERE for a preview of the course syllabus
. Explain the significance of spirituality in the grieving process
. Assess and guide another through the grief and mourning
. Explain approaches to grief from a variety of diverse cultural traditions
. Demonstrate the importance of ritual for healing
. Utilize hands-on therapeutic tools for grief processing
. Discuss current research on spirituality and bereavement
12 CE Credit Hours for nurses, social workers,
psychologists and more!
. Meeting Grief in Ourselves and Others
. Does Grief Counseling Work?
. Religious Responses to Loss
. Embracing/Avoiding Death
. Death and Grief Rituals
. Personal Healing and Counseling Skills
. Is Spirituality Necessary?
. Mystical Experiences and Afterlife Schemas
. Family Dynamics
Watch this video for a sample of the course content.
This clip was from a holiday season workshop..
Dr. Terri Daniel, CT, CCTP is a clinical chaplain, certified trauma professional and end-of-life educator certified in death, dying and bereavement by the Association of Death Education and Counseling. Her workshops help the dying and the bereaved find healing through meditative, ceremonial and therapeutic processes that focus on inner transformation rather than external events, and her work is acclaimed by physicians, hospice workers, grief counselors and clergy for its ability to help grieving individuals discover a more spiritually-spacious understanding of death and beyond.
Terri has a BA in Religious Studies from Marylhurst University, an MA in Pastoral Care from Fordham University, and a DMin in Pastoral Care and Counseling from the San Francisco Theological Seminary. She is the author of four books on death and the afterlife, and is also the founder of the annual Afterlife Awareness Conference.