New Continuing Education Course with Dr. Terri Daniel and Dr. Karen Wyatt
12 CE Credit Hours for nurses, social workers, psychologists and more!


When facing chronic illness, which is a deep and persisting loss, we cannot separate psychology from spirituality, nor can we isolate the personal and social impact of chronic illness. Regardless of one’s belief system or image of God, the grieving that accompanies eroding illness can bring up existential questions. 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.  This course will address the internal and external intersectionality of life for those who are living with a chronic illness, and for the family members and professional care team that supports them.


This class is rooted in the study of psychology and its intersection with spirituality. Through class discussions, visual presentations, case examples, interactive exercises and group work, students will become familiar with worldviews, ancient and contemporary wisdom, and spiritual interpretations of illness. Students will also be introduced to practical skills that healthcare practitioners, clergy, spiritual directors, counselors, caregivers and others can apply to their work with the chronically ill and their families.


What You Will Learn:  

  • Understanding chronic illness through degrees of function, age, and type of illness.
  • Types of losses experienced by the chronically ill and their loved ones.
  • Best practices for addressing spiritual issues resulting from chronic illness.
  • Psychological, spiritual, social and political issues.
  • The impact of traumatic childhood experiences on chronic illness.
  • Family dynamics relating to living with/caring for the chronically ill.
  • The intersection of spirituality and psychology related to chronic illness and grief.
  • Dealing with the medical establishment during chronic illness

Course Instructors

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Karen Wyatt, MD

Dr. Karen Wyatt is a family physician who has spent her 25 year medical career working with patients in challenging settings such as hospices, nursing homes and indigent clinics. She founded a free medical clinic in a homeless shelter, accompanied three medical mission teams to Honduras, and led a non-profit clinic for the uninsured in its growth from a 4-hour per week all-volunteer operation to a full-time, full-service medical center.   

Dr. Wyatt's book What Really Matters: 7 Lessons for Living from the Stories of the Dying details her experiences as a hospice physician.  She also wrote A Matter of Life and Death: Stories to Heal Loss & Grief, and ebooks Loss and Grief Survival Guide and Coping With Life-Threatening Illness.   

Terri Daniel, DMin, CT, CCTP

Dr. Terri Daniel is a hospice and hospital-trained interfaith clinical chaplain. She is certified in death, dying and bereavement by the Association of Death Education and Counseling, and in trauma support by the International Association of Trauma Professionals. The focus of her work is to assist dying and grieving individuals to discover a more spiritually and socially-spacious understanding of death, grief, and beyond.   

Her work is acclaimed by physicians, hospice workers, grief counselors and clergy for its pinpoint clarity on the process of dying and grieving. Terri is the founder of The Afterlife Conference, and the Grief as a Mystical Journey workshops. She is also the author of four books on death, grief and the afterlife.

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