A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
How does it work? Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
Lesson 01 - Characteristics of Spirituality
While theorists and researchers have yet to agree on a single, universally accepted theory or definition of spirituality, few would deny its existence or impact on health and healing.The goal of this course is to offer health care providers an overview of the characteristics of spirituality. Theories of spirituality, its many definitions, and essential elements will be discussed. The stages of spiritual development and the connection between spirituality and healing will also be described.
Lesson 02 - Spirituality, the Health Care Professional, and the Spiritual Care Provider
The relationship between health care provider and client can provide both with a sense of strength, healing, inner peace, and an interconnectedness that gives meaning to the relationship.The goal of this course is to provide an overview of that relationship and offer health care providers an understanding of the types of spiritual care generalists and specialists, as well their roles in providing spiritual care. The influence of a health care provider's spirituality on his or her ability to provide spiritual care, as well as the barriers to providing spiritual care to clients will also be discussed. Finally, the course provides a discussion of the moral and ethical issues that should be considered when providing spiritual care.
Lesson 03 - Spiritual Rituals
The spiritual rituals of prayer, meditation, guided imagery, gratitude, spending time in nature, and art can all help people connect to their inner being, to others, and to a divine spirit or Sacred Source. A part of spiritual and cultural traditions, rituals help to provide awareness, meaning, intention, and purpose in life. The goal of this course is to provide health care professionals and spiritual care providers with an understanding of spiritually healing rituals that they can incorporate in the care of their clients and for themselves.
Lesson 04 - Spirituality, Religion, and Health
Lesson 05 - Spirituality, Culture, and Health
Health care professionals and spiritual care providers face many challenges in becoming prepared to administer holistic, respectful, culturally, and spiritually competent care for their patients and clients.The goal of this course is to introduce the health care professional to the relationship between spirituality, culture, and health. They are essential components of every individual, and each one influences the other. Health care professionals cannot address them as separate entities. Major health belief systems and major health care systems will be discussed as well as spiritual, cultural, and health care practices of African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, and Arab Americans.
Lesson 06 - Spiritual Assessment and Spiritual Care
Spiritual care is an important and necessary part of appropriate patient care, yet many health care professionals feel ill equipped to provide it to their clients.The goal of this course is to help health care professionals understand the elements of spiritual care and a spiritual assessment, understand the importance of providing this aspect of care, and learn strategies that can ensure a successful spiritual assessment. Several models will be discussed, and the various types of alterations in spiritual integrity will be explained. Finally, considerations for the appropriate planning, implementation, and evaluation of spiritual care will be examined.
Lesson 07 - Therapeutic Interventions for Healing
The therapeutic interventions of music, art, dance, humor, and animal-assisted therapy can be integrated into mainstream medicine and should be considered as complements, not replacements for, mainstream medical treatments. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is evaluating these therapeutic interventions and research is demonstrating that they are not only safe but effective as well.The goal of this course is to provide an overview of these mind-body-spirit healing interventions and to discuss their therapeutic uses and benefits.
Lesson 08 - Sacred Spaces, Healing Places
Lesson 09 - Spiritual Care of the Dying
Lesson 10 - Spirituality and the Grieving Process
Lesson 11 - Spirituality, Religion, and Children
Lesson 12 - Spiritual Dimensions of Aging