SPIRITUALITY & BEREAVEMENTA 6-Week Online Course
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 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?” A 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 seminar is designed to strengthen and prepare those that provide care to grieving individuals and communities of all backgrounds.
This six-week online seminar will take place from September 12 to October 17, on Wednesdays, from 4:30 – 6:30 pm PST. Engage in group discussion and experiential processes related to:
- Multi-cultural death and grief practices
- Grief theory and research
- The relation between theology/spirituality/psychology when working with loss and grieF
- Ritual and ceremony as healing tools for the bereaved and therapeutic tools for professionals
- Interactive group exercises and group rituals
- Family dynamics in response to loss, trauma and grief
What you will experience in class will invite you to reflect on your own personal loss experiences, to share those experiences with your classmates, and to expand your capacity to provide care. You are not required to share, but we do hope you will participate in these exercises, even if you only do so as an observer.
Spirituality & Bereavement
6-week Online Seminar
NEED CEUs / CONTACT HOURS?
To receive contact hours / CEUs, one must be present and engaged in each online session for its entirety. CEUs / contact hours are processed 1 month after the seminar ends.
Terri Daniel, MA, CT
Terri Daniel is a clinical chaplain, ordained interfaith minister and end-of-life educator certified in death, dying and bereavement by the Association of Death Education and Counseling.
She conducts workshops throughout the U.S. to help the dying and the bereaved find healing through meditative, ceremonial and therapeutic processes that meet at the intersection of spirituality and psychology, drawing from spiritual traditions that include Buddhism, Shamanism, Judeo-Christian mysticism and ancient Pagan practices,
Stephen Mark Findley, MDiv, CLYT, BCC
As staff chaplain at the University of Texas at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX, Stephen provides spiritual support to leukemia patients and their families. His research interests include African American religious thought, African traditional religions, Shamanism, dream work, near-death experiences, after-death communication, death & bereavement and spirituality & health.
Rev. Tim Langdell, MDiv, PhD, BCC
Rev. Dr. Tim Langdell is both a Buddhist priest and a Christian priest. He is the abbot and guiding teacher at the Pasadena Zen Center in Pasadena, CA; the rector of The Church of the Blessed Disciple in Hollywood, CA; and the Dean of Buddha Dharma University running the Buddhist chaplaincy program. In addition, he co-chairs the Association for Professional Chaplains’ (APC) Buddhist Task Force, established to improve the APC’s processing of Buddhist chaplain candidates for board certification.
Brian Smith, BSChE
SESSION 1 - SEPTEMBER 12, 2018 - Meeting Grief in Ourselves & Others
Overview of course
- Discuss reading list
- Define Spirituality vs. Religion
- Discuss reflection papers
- Define trauma and grief
- Understand types of losses and types of deaths
- Grief research overview
- Begin to understand the spectrum from complicated grief to normal grief
- Filling the gap, why counseling and social work is lacking in this area
- Terri Daniel
SESSION 2 - SEPTEMBER 19, 2018 - Religious and Intercultural Responses to Loss
Religious and Intercultural Responses to Loss
- Discuss reflections on Buddhist/Shamanic/Christian perspectives
- Multi-cultural approaches to grief and loss (Parkes, Mirabello and Schipani)
- Positive and negative religious and spiritual coping – Pargament handout
- CBN vs. GriefShare teachings on Christian grief
- Fowler’s styles of understanding the Divine
- Terri Daniel, Stephen Findley, & Tim Langdell
SESSION 3 - SEPTEMBER 26, 2018 - Mystical experiences in clinical settings
Mystical experiences in clinical settings
- . Discuss videos from last week
- Review of research on near-death experience (continuing bonds)
- Share our personal and professional experience with mystical experience related to loss
- Experiential process: Guided meditation (Stardust)
- Terri Daniel & Stephen Findley
SESSION 4 - OCTOBER 3, 2018 - Grief Rituals
- . Overview of rituals in other cultures
- Creating personal rituals
- Experiential process: Story String ritual
- How can counselors incorporate this into their practices?
- Terri Daniel
SESSION 5 - OCTOBER 10, 2018 - How to Help the Bereaved: Personal & Professional skills
How to Help the Bereaved: Personal & Professional Skills
- Review altar creation process
- How to identify normal vs. complicated grief
- Grief/Loss genogram/Grief inventory
- Experiential process: Interfaith conversation skills role play
- “Neutralizing” spiritual concepts (meditation, altars, prayer, ritual) in secular settings
- Terri Daniel with Tim Langdell
SESSION 6 - OCTOBER 17, 2018 - Living at the intersection of Spirituality and Bereavement
Living at the intersection of Spirituality and Bereavement
- Discuss “meta atheism” from last week’s reading
- What have you learned that can be incorporated into your personal professional life?
- Have any of your views changed?
- Have any of your assumptions shifted?
- Handout “About Suffering.”
- Terri Daniel
WHO IS THIS COLLABORATIVE ONLINE SEMINAR FOR?
Bereaved individuals, hospice workers, grief counselors, chaplains, social workers, nurses, physicians, mental health care providers and healers in alternative modalities, including meditation practitioners, death doulas, Reiki healers, intuitive counselors and music/art therapists who work with death and grief. This will also be of interest to those studying religious history, mysticism and indigenous practices for death, dying and bereavement.
The Center for Innovation in Ministry uses ZOOM to host all seminars. The seminars are live/synchronous so that the facilitators can engage attendees in dialogue, questions, case studies, and more.
Once registered, in the week prior to the beginning of the seminar you will receive an email of introduction with instructions on how to access Zoom if one has not used it before, a test session to experience and play with the video and audio sessions, and an introduction to the TA for the seminar.
Throughout the course, the TA will provide regular follow-up to each session with instructions for the following session, a link to the recording of the previous session, and more.
All of the main group sessions are recorded for the benefit of the participants. All breakout sessions are not.
CEUs / CONTACT HOURS AVAILABLE
12 Contact Hours are available to Pastors, Pastor Counselor, 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. For questions about these CE accreditations email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Payment for the full amount must be made by the first day of the seminar. Cancellations received on or before September 1, 2018 are entitled to a full refund. Cancellations until September 12, 2018 are entitled to a refund minus a $20 processing fee. No refund will be provided for cancellations after September 12, 2018.