Upcoming Courses

When Religion Gets Sick (Book Study)

Religions can sway from their intent

When Religion Gets Sick, written by Dr. Wayne Oates, is widely regarded as one of the classics. “Sick religion” is defined by Dr. Oates as one that “hinders the basic functions of life.” In this book he uses a case history method for exploring religious pathology and addressing such questions as: When does religion get…

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Spiritual Care Implications of Integrative Mind/Body/Spirit Medicine

Caring for the mind, body and spirit

Peter Beucker, M.D., a former Orthopedic Surgeon shares his journey from very busy and in demand Surgeon who specialized in the removal and treatment of tumors and cancer in the extremities to pursuing a career in Integrative Mind/Body/Spirit Medicine. After studying for a PhD in Integrative Medicine, Dr. Beucker opened Mindpointe where he practices Integrative…

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Spiritual Care Research 101

Research in spiritual care

In the last few years, a number of experts have argued for greater spiritual caregiver involvement in empirical research as a way to help spiritual caregivers improve the help they provide. Further, understanding and participation in empirical research in spiritual caregiving can help them make the case with administrators and other medical professionals about the…

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Holding the Boundaries: Ethics in Practice

Pondering Ethics during Yoga

One of the most important and problematic areas of concern in the spiritual caregivers exists within the boundaries between professionals and clients/patients. It is essential that spiritual caregivers refresh their understanding of boundaries and how to regulate them in relationships that often are intimate in nature. Clarity around these issues protect both the caregiver and…

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Creating a Caring Presence

Two women holding hands

REGISTER BY: January 8, 2019 BEGINS:  January 15, 2019   Spiritual Caregivers are constantly called on to provide a caring presence with persons in all kinds of life events. In facing the stress of everyday ministry, it is helpful from time to time to review our reasons for serving others, and revisit what it means…

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Issues in Spirituality and Palliative Care

A palliative care patient stares out his window

As the best practices continue to emerge in the field of Palliative Care, spiritual caregivers have much to offer. This seminar will be an opportunity to examine and discuss some of the latest developments as well as reviewing the tried and true methods. Students will earn continuing education credits discovering and reflecting on Palliative Care…

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Multi-disciplinary Cooperation in Caring for the Whole Person

Hands in a circle celebrating holistic care

Holistic medicine means consideration of the complete person, physically, psychologically, socially, and spiritually, in the management and prevention of disease. Spiritual caregivers are expert in bringing their skills and knowledge to address the spiritual issues of a patient in this effort. While medical personnel bring their expertise to the effort, ways to cooperate in caring…

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Spirituality and the “Nones”

The Nones come from every part of society

What is it like to do ministry and care for the spiritual needs of people in a post-religious era? This course will look at our ministry in work in light of data about the state of religion and spirituality in the United States. Pew Research Studies on America and Religious Life document the rise of…

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Spiritual Care of the Traumatic Brain Injury Person and Family

Man receiving treatment after a brain injury

This seminar, facilitated by Eddie Reynolds, M. Div., and Executive Director of the Brain Injury Alliance of Kentucky, is an introduction to the world of persons with an Acquired Brain Injury, or ABI. This will acquaint you with definitions, issues, strategies, and resources to help a person and the family cope with brain injury.  As…

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